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Kairos

Decoded Fashion hits SXSW Interactive on March 13-17 – in the run-up, we’ll be posting content that gives you a sneak peek of what to expect: including panel sessions, special events and the return of our Mentorship Hub.

The Fashion Hacked exhibit is Decoded Fashion’s showcase of the best of the new generation of functional design: whether that’s wearables that resemble investment jewellery, or groundbreaking redesigns of existing concepts. The selection will display the most innovative of the fashion-meets-tech brands and startups on the scene today. Beginning with the exploding quantified ‘self’ sector – such as watches and active wear – here’s the first part of our rundown of those need-to-know names.

RXactive

RXActive makes innovative activewear with integrated resistance bands – designed to push your body to its limits and get way more out of your workouts. Plus, the founding team are medical students – so you can trust they know what they’re talking about.

Movo

A new fitness band on the block, the sleek-looking Movo Wave stands out for two reasons: the functionality of its tracking system that includes connectivity to your Camera Roll to further chronicle the day’s movements, and the ultra-accessible price at just $29.99.

Olive

The quantified self is all well and good, but what about a wearable that helps you relax? Olive is a good-looking bracelet that combines tailored intelligence and on-the-go seamless functionality that, together, help you take small steps to conquer stress and recognize when you’re feeling your best.

Kairos

The Kairos T-band isn’t even an entire wearable – in fact, it’s just the strap. By attaching to traditional watch faces, the T-band adds smart functionality to your favourite accessory – perfect for those who want all the benefits of the wearables revolution without changing up their usual style.

Full details of Decoded Fashion’s SXSW activities can be found here.

Reported by Claire Healy

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“Things have moved quickly for the New York-based startup Ringly. After launching a little over a year ago, it opened up pre-orders in June for its first product, a Bluetooth-connected ring that buzzes when the wearer receives a notification on her phone. In December, Ringly started shipping its first batch of rings.”

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“Google is to stop producing its wearable technology Google Glass in its present form, but is still committed to the idea of smart glasses, the company has said.”

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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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“The massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that took place in the first week of January was, unsurprisingly, dedicated in a big way to wearable tech.”

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“BBM will launch on Android Wear in “early 2015″, according to BlackBerry execs speaking to press at the show. Features will apparently include new message alerts, the ability to preview or view full messages, and also reply to messages hands free using Google Now or by selecting preset messages to send.”

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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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“Sony’s SmartWear lineup is one of its key focal areas for mobile tech, and something that has grown in scope and ambition over the course of the past few CES events. This year it’s introducing even more in the way of wearable hardware, and looking at ways to help expand the available software and use cases far beyond what’s been available thus far.”

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End of year lists are all well and good, but real tech-cessory lovers will be itching to know what’s next. The best indicator of things to come is always the Consumer Electronics Show – starting today through to January 9, CES is set to start off the year-in-tech with a bang. So what does 2015 hold in the balance between fashion and technology? Here’s what we’re looking forward to:

Wearable Payment

The concept of payment devices for the wrist isn’t set to transform the retail landscape in 2015, but it is set to become part of your everyday life. Safer, more convenient and – potentially – a style statement in itself, companies such as Apple, Pebble and Samsung are betting on the wrist for the future of the till-point purchase. We’re on the lookout for bPay, though – Barclaycard’s NFC chip-carrying wristband that you use just like a card. The downside? It’s going to become even easier to overspend – here’s to being in the red, but stylishly clad, in 2015.

Oculus Rift and Fashion Week

Palmer Luckey, who invented the Oculus Rift, is likely to reveal the release dates for the Rift’s consumer version at CES 2015. Whilst fashion designers have started experimenting with VR technology, the next seasonal cycles are likely to see more big design houses take up the challenge of creating fully immersive runway experiences. Back in January 14, Gareth Pugh was commissioned by Selfridges to create a VR experience to mark London Collections: Men’s. The ground-breaking result, in which even the Rift headset was customised into a wearable bespoke Pugh piece, might be a sign of times to come in collaborations between Rift and the fashion world.

Better looking smart glasses?

We spy with our little eyes…some better-looking ‘Glass’ alternatives in the year to come. One of the problems Google found in making Glass appeal to the general public in 2015 included the fact that – unlike normal spectacles – people don’t want to wear what, in its current version, is a very obvious device all the time. Samsung’s alternative is a clip-on version – a compact, single-lens display module that you can clip onto your normal spectacles to turn them into smart glasses. According to commentators, the device is likely to go on commercial sale within the year. What’s more, as the Smart Watch marketplace booms with new contenders, we’re betting there’ll be a Pebble equivalent set to disrupt the Smart Glasses sphere, too.

Reported by Claire Healy

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“Don’t hold your breath for any completely brand new technologies coming out of the International Consumer Electronics Show this year, as the focus among the 3,500 vendors will be more on improving—and adding excitement to—ideas already out in the marketplace.

Think enhanced—and more fashionable—wearables, more consumer-friendly 3-D printers, drones and improved virtual reality headsets.”

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