5 Cool Inventions Coming Out in 2016

As wearable technology and other cool inventions first began to come out, style was not one of their strong points. The latest innovators have realized how important it is to people that their gadgets blend in with their style. Companies are making their products more personal and more fashion-forward, so that they more seamlessly fit into users’ lives.

Fashion technology is on the rise and we couldn’t be happier. The combination of fashion and function has finally begun to be realized. While inventions from the past 10 years are still trying to reach a fashion-forward design, we found that the most style conscious companies are those coming out with products this year.

These new gadgets stood out from the crowd and landed on our wish-list. Will they make it on yours? We sure think so.

1. Ekster Wallets

Image Credit: Ekster Wallet

Image Credit: Ekster Wallet

It’s about time your wallet was innovated. Ekster released the first trackable RFID blocking wallet that provides instant card access at the click of a button. The two-way tracking feature prevents you from ever losing your wallet or phone again and the RFID blocker protects your cards against any wireless skimming or identity theft. Ever waste minutes trying to squeeze a credit card out of your packed wallet? Ekster has solved this problem with a spring-loaded mechanism that pops your cards out so you can reach them. All these features are held together by a handcrafted genuine leather bi-fold or cardholder wallet.

These wallets pack in a lot of peace of mind as well. Say goodbye to worries of identity theft and losing your wallet. With so many features it’s a wonder you haven’t pre-ordered an Ekster wallet already. The Ekster Wallet’s Kickstarter ends in just a few days, so get one on Kickstarter while you can and become an early adopter of what is sure to become an everyday essential.

2. Helix Cuff

Image Credit: Ashley Chloe Inc.

Image Credit: Ashley Chloe Inc.

We couldn’t very well forget the latest in wearable headphones. The Helix Cuff™ is the world’s first wearable with extractable Bluetooth® headphones that rest on your wrist. Fashion and function are right by your side with these hearables. Can you imagine never having to deal with trying to find your headphones in your bag again? The Helix Cuff™ solves the universal problem of tangled and easy to lose headphones in a sleek and stylish way. With beautiful styles for both men and women, this wearable headphones accessory hits all the right marks.

The design of the Helix Cuff™ fits seamlessly into your everyday style and better yet, you’ll have high quality wireless headphones at any time you want to listen to music or make a call. It’s a must have for travel with the hearables’ noise cancellation feature. Your headphones are just seconds away thanks to the Helix Cuff™. Pre Order your Helix Cuff wearable Bluetooth® headphones now and you’ll be thanking yourself on your next trip.

3. Belty

Image Credit: Belty

Image Credit: Belty

Belty is the world’s first smart belt and the latest in fashion technology that you never knew you needed. Using vibrations, Belty can communicate with you and help you take action in real-time. Using artificial intelligence, the smart belt promotes a healthy lifestyle. Belty can increase your walking pace through rhythm, challenge you to climb stairs more dynamically, invite you to drink more water, stand up straight and explore new habits. That’s just the beginning.

For health-conscious consumers who want a device that blends in more with their style to get them going on a healthy path, Belty is a fantastic choice. The smart belt’s straps are interchangeable, so it will never go out of style and that is something we can really get behind. With a companion app, do-gooders can see just how much activity they got and analyze their data to improve their health with Belty. Belty is available for preorder at a limited quantity, so if you’ve set some hefty health goals this year, it’s time to invest in a wearable coach that’s more than just an activity tracker. Belty evolves to help you accomplish what you really care about.

4. De Rigueur

Image Credit: De Rigueur

Image Credit: De Rigueur

Who ever thought that charging your phone could be sleek and elegant? Aren’t we all frustrated with unattractive, tangled wall chargers? De Rigueur has come to the rescue with their premier connected sleeve. Through Qi-enabled wireless charging, all you have to do is slip your smartphone into the well-designed sleeve and you’re ready to recharge. Monitor your sleeve’s charging level with a handy app. With a subtle integration of electronics and authentic and elegant design. De Rigueur’s design is positively modern and minimalistic. Made of leather by French craftsmen, the smart sleeve will always be in style.

De Rigueur is another beautiful example of fashion technology. It has solved the dead battery problem in a wonderfully stylish way. With a launch coming up, you’re going to want to learn more about the first house of connected high end leather goods.

5. Pedal Forward

Image Credit: Pedal Forward

Image Credit: Pedal Forward

Pedal Forward is on a Journey to Revolutionize Sustainable Transportation and we think they’ve done it in an incredibly stylish way. Pedal Forward believes that at home and abroad, too many people are stuck in a rut without access to affordable, reliable and sustainable means to move from A to B. The philanthropic company manufactures and sells bamboo bicycles that get people from A to B in a way that is both sustainable and socially responsible. For each bamboo bicycle sold in the U.S., a portion of proceeds helps provide bicycles to the Global South through their partner organizations, and each bicycle in these areas directly impacts five individuals.

If you’re in need of a new ride, why not help someone who has no means of transportation too? Pedal Forward has discovered that Bamboo provides a simple mode of transportation; a lightweight, aluminum bicycle that rides as stiff as a steel bicycle, and is more shock absorbent than a carbon fiber bicycle. Help Pedal Forward bring bicycle manufacturing back to the U.S., help a fellow human, and get a new ride by backing the Pedal Forward Kickstarter campaign.

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