Putting the byte into fashion

THE NOTION of being fashionably smart is getting a makeover as internet-linked computers get woven into formerly brainless attire such as glasses, bracelets and shoes.

A wearable computing trend is at the heart of the ”quantified self” movement in which people track anything from how many calories they burn to how well they sleep or their moods at any given moment.

”People are going to be walking around with personal area networks on their bodies and have multiple devices that talk to each other and the web,” Gartner analyst Van Baker told AFP.

Attendees wear Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference in May 2013 in San Francisco.Photo: AFP

Understandably, the trend has found traction in fitness, with devices such as the Jawbone UP, Nike’s FuelBand and Fitbit keeping tabs on whether people are leading active, healthy lifestyles.
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