Gadgets for fashionistas

This clever mini-clutch also acts as a wireless speaker and speakerphone
This clever mini-clutch also acts as a wireless speaker and speakerphone

While in years gone by, tech products have focussed on function rather than fashion, times are changing and these stylish wearable-tech products could easily be found on a catwalk

MISFIT SHINE

GADGETS Fashion 103039Activity trackers have, over the last few years, bridged the gap between sports GPS watches and exercise apps. Yet, if you’re not so keen on the usual sports watchstrap, invest in the Misfit Shine and Bloom necklace accessory – the latter making the most of the 90s fashion revival. It takes less than five minutes to set up; you insert the battery into the small disc (the tracker), download the app (iOS or Android) and sync the disc to your phone, then you just stick the tracker into the necklace and off you go – some attractive jewellery and an activity tracker in one. Given it also tracks your sleep we’d suggest transferring it to the magnetic clip/watch strap provided with the Shine when you go to bed. £79.99

 

HALO 3000 MAH ULTRA SLIM PORTABLE CHARGER WITH MIRROR FINISH & RFID CARD WALLET

GADGETS Fashion 103183When you’re out and using your phone, the last thing you want to see is that your battery is down to one bar. That’s where this comes in handy. The HALO 3000 is not only a compact mirror and pretty cardholder – it’s a power charger, too. Simply connect your electronic device using the USB cable supplied with your phone and start charging. – leaving you free to continue your call/complete that vital online shopping. At home, charge up the HALO using a USB port on your computer so it’s ready for your next phone emergency. It’s available in a variety of designs and also includes RFID blocking technology so you’ll be less likely to fall victim to electronic identity theft. £24.50

 

ARCHIVE EYES AUTOGRAPHER BAG

GADGETS Fashion 103125Highlighting just how entwined the fashion and tech industries are becoming, the Lulu Guinness Archive Eyes Autographer Bag is quite the masterpiece. To the outside eye, – and we mean that literally given the design – this is a beautifully designed cross-body leather handbag. However, take a closer look and above the eye you’ll see a small hole, behind that sits a 136 custom eye view camera lens. Yes, the bag comes equipped with its very own Autographer camera – complete with small GPS unit. Described as a “bag for instagram-aholics” you don’t need to point and shoot, The camera has five built-in sensors to tell the camera when a good photo opportunity has arrived and will take the picture itself. £395

 

MOTO 360 SMART WATCH

GADGETS Fashion 103101When it comes to wearable technology, smart watches are the current trendy thing, yet quite a few still look clunky and sporty – except this Moto 360. While you can buy the watch “as it is”, you can also take the tech-filled watch and design the outside to your own specifications. Visit the Moto Maker site and you can choose from 11 watch faces, three case finishes and, perhaps most importantly for women, you can adjust the width of the strap, allowing you to create an elegant smart watch. In terms of the technology, it’s powered by Android Wear, responds to your voice so you can send texts on the go and comes with an activity tracker. From £199

 

STELLE AUDIO MINI-CLUTCH

GADGETS Fashion 105329This clever mini-clutch makes the perfect accessory to any night out. Like a regular clutch, it has a small pocket for your accessories and also comes with a good-sized mirror, however it goes one step further – it also acts as a wireless speaker and speakerphone. Simply turn your Bluetooth on or use the aux-in cable and you can play your favourite songs through it, or even take calls. The speaker gives a surprisingly good sound – though it’s a bit unnerving when the clutch says “hello” or “goodbye” (when you turn it on or off). It’s slightly on the heavy side, too, but not uncomfortably so and the gadget is available in three designs – while the Dazzling Diamond is most striking, the Metallic Purple is perhaps the most stylish. £129

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