This is the top 7 of the weirdest wearables of 2014. Things got really weird in the world of wearables this year. The devices that have surfaced recently took things to a different level than counting steps or monitoring your heart rate.
So how far will things go in 2015? There’s no way of telling – but if these inventions are any indication, Google Glass is about to seem pretty normal.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “If only I could emit a dubstep beat from my denim…”? No? Well, for those who are itching to jam out anywhere, anytime, DrumPants might just be dream apparel. Contrary to what the name suggests, the wearable controller includes a range of built-in sounds including percussion, synthesisers, guitar and piano, and can be attached to any piece of clothing or under your shoes. All you have to do is tap the pads under your attire to make a noise. Currently, DrumPants are on pre-order and shipping in March 2015. Prepare to be the most entertaining – or annoying – passenger on the subway.
Leave it to the Netherlands to develop this high-tech fashion line, which includes garments that become gradually transparent during close personal encounters in response to certain internal changes, like your heart-rate. In other words, Intimacy apparel – which is constructed of smart opaque e-foils – becomes see-through when you are turned on. Currently, Studio Roosegaarde is in the process of choosing haute couture designers to develop the next INTIMACY 3.0 fashion line for men and women. We can only imagine what the next collection will entail.
Forget wristbands – socks are apparently the newest accessory of choice when it comes to fitness trackers. From the Washington-based Heapsylon, Sensoria’s fitness socks will set you back $149(£95). Slip them on and the textile sensors will send data about your stride, weight distribution and overall running performance to your Android or iOS smartphone. If you are obsessed with perfecting your form or just want to bust bad habits – they may actually come in handy. For the rest of us reluctant runners, though, knowing the exact number of heel strikes may be overkill.
In today’s world, surveillance cameras are everywhere. So, does it bother you that authorities seem to always be aware of your every move? It bugged Adam Harvey, who designed Stealth Wear – a clothing line that addresses issues of privacy. Harvey’s designs, which include an anti-drone hoodie and burqa as well as an accessory that can instantly zero out your phone’s signal, are made from a fabric that is resistant to thermal imaging surveillance.
We are a pretty needy generation. All it takes it a like on your Instagram pic or retweet to make your day – but indeed, that social validation can only go so far in terms of your self esteem. Enter: Like-a-Hug, a special vest developed by MIT student Melissa Kit Chow. When a friend likes a status update, video or photo on your wall, the device inflates, imitating the feeling of a hug. And if you want to show your gratitude for the e-endorsement, you can squeeze and deflate your own vest to hug the giver back.
Veering toward the wonderful side of weird is this dream-detecting headband from iWinks, which tracks your body movements and brain waves while you are sleeping. Subtle visual and audio cues help you to recognise that you are dreaming, thus potentially giving you the power to control what happens. Aurora also includes a smart alarm clock that wakes you up at a point in your sleep cycle when you will feel most refreshed, and it syncs up to a smartphone app so you can monitor dream-related metrics. It’s no wonder the Kickstarter for Aurora was a smash success, raising more than $239,000 (with just a $90,000 goal). With this wearable for $199(£130), and shipments are expected to send in early 2015.
The list just wouldn’t be complete without this beguiling invention: A set of feline-like ears that strap onto your head and move in response to your current feelings using advanced brainwave technology. When you’re focused, the ears perk up. When you are in the zone, they wiggle. And when you are relaxed, they droop down. Why the world needs to know all of this is beyond me – but if you are so inclined to offer real-time access into your mood, you can pick up a pair of Necomimi ears on Amazon.com. The maker suggests donning them for bachelorette weekends and tailgating – but honestly, the possibilities for drawing attention to yourself on various occasions are endless. Did we mention you can customise your cat ears with different colours? And in case you don’t think you look crazy enough – consider swapping out one of your ears so they’re mismatching.