In secret agent speak, they call it OSINT — Open Source Intelligence. To you and me, it’s the internet. I used to work in the spy business and it never ceased to amaze me how much critical data can be pulled right out of the ocean of information that’s floating under all our noses — no sneaking required. The only prerequisite is knowing how to filter kelp from carp, so to speak — how to take billions of data points and make them actionable and digestible. Make them as easy to interpret as a traffic signal. And that, as it turns out, is no small task.
This year at CES, the world’s biggest technology and consumer electronics gathering, it was understood that the hot buzz is wearable technology. Obviously, this has some serious implications for the fashion industry. You may find yourself wondering, “What is this wearable tech trend about?” Well, according to the products exhibited and the experts at CES, it’s really about two devices so far: smartwatches and smart wristbands. So, get your wrist ready!
CES 2014 is already over! This year’s hot trend has been wearable technology. Countless smartwatches, wristbands, and even smart jewelry have been showcased. The medium is pushing further, and that’s a good thing. However, the market seems to be crowded before it is fully formed, and before the industry players have taken the time to define it. The convergence of function and form: this is the basic definition of wearable technology. Today’s devices definitely deliver on the functionality aspect, but are not necessarily visually appealing. And therein lies the paradox: is wearable technology actually wearable? There seems to be a disconnect between the creators, who are focused solely on the usability of a piece, and the end-consumer, who, while valuing function, also desires an alluring design.
Our partners at Luxury Society have a network of experts around the globe, who they tapped to provide predictions for 2014. Uncovered were five key trends, and we were fortunate to be asked to contribute our thoughts for the fashion industry. Below is an overview of the key trends, and we encourage you to read the full article here.