The Wearable Technologies Conference, held in San Francisco last week, brought together experts and enthusiasts to discuss emerging technologies and advances in wearable technology. Speakers presented on topics ranging from batteries, sensing technology, diagnostics, and consumer gadgets, to principles for creating wearable tech for broader consumer markets. And although some key areas were missing, the WTConference provided a vision for the future of fashion and design.
For someone enthusiastic about the future of tech, it was an exciting opportunity to sit among the developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are driving the next generation of technologies. For someone passionate about fashion and apparel, it was noticeably missing content around innovation in textiles and smart fabrics, an industry that supports advancements in wearable tech.
However, the WTconference provided a vision for the future of fashion and design. The WTconference brought forth the message that the timing for wearable tech commercialization is now, and that fashion and design can play a large role in its applications.
The day was packed with speakers who spoke in four tracks: Sports & Fitness, New Interfaces & Innovative Technologies, Consumer Gadgets, and Health. But here are a few key takeaways for startups and designers alike:
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