Wearable technology has been growing in popularity for quite some time now, and it has been ticking along for a lot longer than you actually might realise. Yet it seems that 2015 is the year that it’s finally begun to skyrocket its way towards the future of modern technology. Whether you’re interested in interactive glasses, watches, or are looking for a way to track your fitness – there are a variety of wearable pieces of technology that will allow you to do precisely that. But where did the idea of wearable technology first come from? Where is it now? And where is it heading?

These are all questions on each and every techie’s mind, so let’s explore the answers.

A history of wearable technology

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Wearable technology has been around a lot longer than you may first realise. It might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about this topic, but in actual fact the calculator watch was one of the first pieces of wearable technology to ever hit the market.

These watches were first released in the 1970s and went on to reach peak popularity in the 80s. They are actually also still produced today, and arguably paved the way towards future technology such as the recently released Apple Watch.

After this came the Bluetooth headset. People are still making the most of this technology today, and it allows people to speak on their phone without actually having to put their phone to their ear.

This tech is great if you have a hands on job, and also allows for the user to multi-task much more easily whether you’re in the office or wandering around outdoors.

You may also have seen LED t-shirts whilst out and about, as well as LED belt buckles. This technology allows the user to project patterns onto their t-shirts that move. Think of it as interactive clothing.

Wearable technology: Where are we now?

You only need to take a quick look around you to figure out where we currently are with technology. Visit any Apple store and you’ll see hordes of people cooing over their new watches as though they’ve never seen anything like it.

The watch syncs to your Apple phone, and allows you to keep up to date with emails and texts as well allowing you to make calls.

However, other pieces of wearable tech such as the Google Glass are nowhere to be seen – sadly, they have been discontinued since they were first released. But on the other hand, wearable fitness technology such as the Fitbit are growing in popularity.

These fitness trackers are worn around the wrist and can monitor everything from your work outs through to your sleeping patterns. The manufacturer is now also playing about with design and incorporating fashionable bands and the like to reach a wider audience.

The Fitbit founders know what they’re doing, and it shows.

But when you think about the apparent failure of the Google Glass, the success of the Fitbit and the too early to tell records of the Apple Watch – you wouldn’t be wrong to spend a little time wondering where all of this is actually heading in the future.

Where is wearable technology heading now?

The future of wearable technology certainly does look intriguing. Whether it’s interactive Motorcycle helmets or a digitally interactive sole for the bottom of your shoe – there’s a lot on the horizon that could prove to be brilliant.

Below, discover our top wearable tech to keep an eye out for in the near future.

Skully Motorcycle Helmet

Featuring a rearview camera, heads up display and even navigation technology, the skully motorcycle helmet really is attempting to revolutionise the motorbike riding experience for all enthusiasts.

They look incredibly sleek, and are currently available to preorder on their website here.

Oculus Rift

There’s been a lot of speculation about this piece of wearable technology, so if you’re into your gadgets we’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard of it before.

The oculus rift is a virtual reality gaming headset. Once you put it on, you will be submerged into a world of 3D gaming, and the views promise to be 360 degrees.

This could be a very exciting future for gaming indeed, thanks to wearable technology.

Digital Sole

The product taking digital fitness to a whole new level, the Digital Sole is an electronic sole of a shoe that can be slotted into your own footwear.

The idea is that the digital sole syncs up with your phone via bluetooth, and it can perform functions such as heating up, as well as acting as a pedometer and after you’ve inputted your height and weight it can also track how many calories you’re burning too.

We think this might be one to watch in the future.

Wearable tech in 2015 – the conclusion

Whatever the future holds for wearable technology, it’s hard to deny that it’s an exciting time to be involved with the industry.

And it’s also a rousing time for those who have the money to invest in these products that can sometimes be on the more expensive side.

However, one thing’s for sure.

We’re certain the future of wearable technology is going to shine, and if these products can help improve our current health and overall state of life – then we say bring it on!

This blog was written by Rachel Jensen on behalf of IT Rentals.