Jewelers Enter the Wearable Technology Market
Guilaine Jean-Pierre | Apr 7, 2015
Title: Contributor
Topic category: Apps
Tech Gear Planet


Until very recently, a piece of jewelry just needed to be beautiful, meaningful or both. Its utter lack of utility was beside the point. However, over the past few years a number of wearable devices have started to reverse that trend.

“Tech companies are starting either to have a fashion-first mentality or they’re starting to understand that fashion is just as paramount as technology,” said Tom Emrich, founder of We Are Wearables, a Toronto-based community group that organizes events for technology pioneers.

Market Research company Transparency issued a report that said sales of wearable devices — including smartwatches and fitness trackers — are expected to reach $5.8 billion in 2018. In September, the research firm MarketsandMarkets published a report predicting they would hit $11.6 billion by 2020.

Here are a few examples of companies creating tech friendly jewels. Intel teamed up with New York Retailer Opening Ceremony to debut MICA or My Intelligent Communication Accessory a bracelet that delivers discreet text messages, Gmail VIP notifications, Facebook calendar alerts, Yelp recommendations, and even a "Time to Go" feature that sends smart appointment reminders based on location. Elemoon is the world's first smart accessory that lets you change its light designs to match every outfit or occasion. It also features a customizable LED display and connects to a companion smartphone app via Bluetooth. Ringly creates jewelry and accessories that connect to your phone and notify you about the things that matter most. Put your phone away and enjoy the moment.

There are companies launching new products every month so keep your looking for me options than ever before.

Tags: Ringly, MICA, Opening Ceremony, Intel, Inte; and Opening Ceremony, Wearable Tech, Elemoon, Wearable Jewelry
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