People today are already pretty much inseperable from technology, whether it’s a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. But that’s not stopping innovators and creators from coming up with ways to bring technology even closer to us.
Google Glass is probably the most well-known wearable tech item, but other examples include a pair of boots that charge your cell phone, and a glove that allows deaf and blind people to send text messages.
How it works: The drum pads on the front of the shirt let you tap out a beat using your fingers. The shirt also comes with a mini amplifier that clips on to your pants.
What: Solar Bikini
How it works: The bikini, which is equipped with photovoltaic film strips, absorbs sun rays to charge your phone and other electronics. It's also waterproof!
Cost: Anywhere from $500 to $1,500
What: Glove One
How it works: The glove has a slot for a sim card to make and receive calls. On the underside of each finger, there are numeric touch keys for making phone calls. The speaker on the thumb and microphone on the pinky allow you to mimic the standard method of holding a phone while making a call.
Cost: Not for sale, but you can learn how to make your own for about $340 here.
What: Orange Power Wellies
How it works: The Wellies have a 'power generating sole' that converts the heat from your feet into energy. While you walk, your phone rests safely in the power outlet located at the top of the boot.
Pebble smart watch syncs with your smartphone to alert you of things like incoming calls and messages
What: K Dress by Cute Circuit
How it works: With hundreds of LED lights embedded in the fabric, you can customise both the colours and patterns that display. The dress comes with a controller that snaps in to the fabric for easy recharging via any USB port.
How it works: First you need to pair up the socks using the Blacksocks app. If you're looking for a sock's pair, all you do is wave a wireless reader called the Sock Sorter over one sock to locate the other one.
Cost: $189 (starter kit comes with 10 pairs of socks and Sock Sorter)
What: Social Denim by Replay
How it works: The jeans feature a vinly pocket equipped with a Bluetooth device that communicates with your smartphone. The device lets you update your social networks with your current location or one of eight moods.
Cost: $196 to $260
What: Mobile Lorm Glove
How it works: The glove translates the Lorm alphabet into text and vice versa via a Bluetooth connection between the glove and a smartphone. Small vibrating motors on the glove enable the person to feel when they received a new message.