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“Apple has finally firmed up its timing on the release of the hotly anticipated Apple Watch. On the company’s first quarter earnings call Tuesday afternoon, CEO Tim Cook said that the plan is to start shipping the device in April.”

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“We live in a world powered by electronic devices that make our lives better, safer and more comfortable. While most of these devices, including our smartphones, are made up of boxy, rigid circuit boards, the next generation of electronics will curve, bend and flex.”

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“Following on the heels of Swarovski’s partnership with activity tracker startup Misfit, the jewelry company Richline Group has inked a deal with a San Francisco-based wearables company, Cuff, to incorporate the startup’s hardware and accompanying software into its products.”

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“Misfit, known for its fitness and sleep tracking gadgets, is partnering up with crystal giant Swarovski for two new wearable products and nine sparkling accessories (three bracelets, three wristbands and three pendants, available in black, white and grey).”

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“Vivoactive […] is Garmin’s answer to the Apple Watch, the Fitbit Surge and all the rest of the smartwatches.”

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“Despite the discontinuation of FuelBand, a new patent from Nike provides clue into their role in the future of sportswear.”

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“Wearable technology, omniscient marketing and changes afoot: Caroline Issa looks at what’s ahead in the fashion world in 2015.”

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“There are business cases for things like a fitbit or smartwatch in the enterprise as well, Ballard says, but the biggest market is smart glasses first.”

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“The norton protected betabrand ‘ready active jeans’ feature RFID-blocking fabric to shield personal and credit card details from digital scanning devices. with figures claiming over 10 million identities are electronically pickpocketed every year, the machine cold-washable trousers have a classic five-pocket style which includes two – one for the back and front – that block radio-frequency identification and near-field communication readers.”

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Much like the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trends of the fashion and beauty worlds, technology comes and goes: from the iPod classic to the kitchen radio, technological obsolescence is a fast fact of our daily existence. In light of this constantly shifting tech scene, can there ever be such a thing as a digital heirloom? Certain proponents of wearable technology would respond with a confident yes.

Indeed, a growing number of start-ups believe that the future of ‘wearables’ should start with traditional design, with ‘smart’ functionality remaining secondary. In a scene that has seen the most noise around the Apple Watch, Sony has responded with an E-Ink watch that uses customisable electronic paper. The creators of Nike Fuelband, meanwhile, are working on old-fashioned wristwatches under their Minus-8 line.

But it’s not just watch designers that are turning to tradition in a bid to commercialize the marriage between technology and fashion. The wedding ring – that most traditional, and priceless, of accessories – is in prime position for a digital makeover. Royal College of Art graduate Alice Wang has designed a wedding ring that replaces the traditional diamond with a digital display: showing a digital countdown of the number of days the couple agree to be married for – needless to say, “forever” doesn’t apply.

Perhaps a more appealing prospect is a conceptual smart locket from design studio Artefact Group. Their smart locker presents a 21st-century update of traditional heirloom jewellery, as it wirelessly interacts with the wearer’s social networks to digitally display photographs of friends and family. The design team behind the Purple Locket is currently exploring options for bringing the design to the commercial market, but it remains a concept for the time being.

Reported by Claire Healy

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