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April 8, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:06pm

10 of the best wearable tech for 2014

From dresses and coats to specs and bands, we look at ten of the best wearable devices this year.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

1. See-through dress


Netherlands-based Studio Roosegaarde has created a smart dress called Intimacy that claims to become see-through when its wearers get "turned on".

The new Intimacy 2.0 dress is made of leather and smart electronic foils that are wired with LEDs, while sensors hidden throughout the dress are able to detect tiny changes in the wearer’s body temperature and heart rate.

The dress gradually becomes more see-through as its wearer’s heartbeat increases, meaning that fear, excitement and anxiety may also cause the user to show more expose.

Award-winning Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde said: "Technology is used here not merely functional but also as a tool to create intimacy as well as privacy on a direct, personal level which in our contemporary tech society is becoming increasingly important."

The design company has created two versions of the dress already, and is currently searching for haute-couture designers to develop a third, called Intimacy 3.0.

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2. Solar-powered clothing


Photo source: Mike Nicolaassen, Pauline van Dongen

Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen is creating dresses and coats that she claims can power a smartphone and other gadgets.

Van Dongen’s outfits, called Wearable Solar, are said to be equipped with solar panels to make sure users can re-charge their mobile device when an electric socket is not available.

Entrepreneur Christian Holland came up with the idea when he imagined how people who attend outdoor music festivals needed to charge their mobile devices.

The clothes are still in the prototype phase and most likely will not be on the market for another two years.

3. Safety bracelet


Cuff, a San Francisco-based startup, has released a collection of bracelets, necklaces and key chains that it claims keep users safe.

There is an accompanying waterproof black tracker called Cufflinc that slots into any of the jewellery and links to a smartphone app via Bluetooth.

The device would allow users to send alerts out to family or friends in an emergency or simply let them know when they’re trying to get in touch.

Deepa Sood, co-founder of Cuff, in a statement said: "The new Cuff collection wearables are more chic than geek, wrapping smart technology into elegant, fashionable pieces that we all WANT to wear."

"We don’t believe that we should be forced to choose between smarts and beauty when it comes to wearable accessories."

The device, which costs between £30 and £100, is currently available for pre-order with shipments starting later this year.

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