We’ve come a long way since the calculator watch of the 80’s, but the road to consumer accepted wearable tech has been anything but smooth. Nowhere is this more real than in female fashion. Becky Stern, director of wearables at Adafruit, highlighted this problem over the weekend in her talk with Engadget at their event in NYC. “Getting people to want to wear things all the time—whether it’s on or off [has been] a huge stumbling block.”
Adafruit is a go to place for open source tech. Founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried, the company has expanded offerings to wearable technology. One of the pieces that can be found on the site are the iNecklace which is an aesthetically pleasing, machined aluminum pendant with a subtle pulsating LED. Conductivethreads and sewablebattery holders are among the many open source DIY technologies offered by Adafruit for ladies wishing to create their own!
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