When the long awaited Apple watch finally hit the streets, early adopters and tech geeks were enthusiastic, lining up for days to get their hands on the first models and proudly showing off their new purchased to their peers. These devices quickly became a part of tech lore, providing yet another reason for technology enthusiasts to show off their fashion sense.
The reception for the Apple watch was decidedly cooler among the general public. Those who were not so tech savvy openly wondered why they would need such a device, and fashion enthusiasts openly complained about the clunkiness of the newest electronic watch.
That could have been the last word on wearables, but there was more to come. Many in the fashion world quickly realized that wearable devices and the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) was the wave of the future, and they did not want to be left behind.
Those fashion designers realized that if they could just make a line of wearables that ordinary people actually wanted to wear they would be at the forefront of the latest trends, and a new and more attractive line of wearables was quietly born.
As expected, watchmakers have been at the forefront of the market for chic and stylish wearables. Makers like Fossil have been designing watches that look great but also perform valuable functions for their wearers, including the popular Fossil Q - an Android Wear watch that looks just like a normal watch. Fashion mavens who want the capabilities of a smartwatch but do not want to wear their geek on their sleeves have been flocking to not only the Fossil Q but a number of competing models as well.
Fitbit devices have also been popular among the general public, quickly finding their way into the hearts fo fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors and others from coast to coast. Like the line of fashion watches with smart capabilities, these fitness bands are designed to be both good looking and unobtrusive.
To the casual observer, the Fitbit is nothing more than an attractive band worn around the wrist. To those in the know, the Fitbit is much more - including a heart monitor, step counter and overall fitness tracker. With so many capabilities it is no wonder the Fitbit has been at the forefront of the IoT.
Even more unobtrusive than either the Fitbit or the many designer smartwatches on the market is the aptly named Ringly. To the untrained eye, the Ringly is nothing more than an attractive piece of jewelry, adorned with semiprecious stones like emeralds and sapphires. What those casual observers do not know, however, is that the Ringly syncs with its wearers smartphone, providing instant notification of incoming text messages, emails and other alerts.
If you love the new technology but hate the look of the average smartwatch, you might want to give these new chic wearables a look. Technology does not have to be ugly, and smart devices are no longer just for geeks. The Internet of Things is finally here, and you do not have to give up your fashion sense to enjoy its many benefits.