This modular wearable moves technology out of our bags and pockets and onto our bodies. Like jewelry, Links reflect personal style and wear like clothing. They are a step toward a future where hardware seamlessly integrates with our bodies and our clothing.
The half-necklace link (blue) combines communications and biometrics in a jewelry-like chain designed to compliment the lightness and freedom of movement that comes with a dress. In this example each “link” serves a dedicated function, be it communications, sensing, or battery power.
Links magnetic chain structure allow them to be easily moved from one article of clothing to another, and to flex with the natural movement of the body. They can go from a dress to gym attire in less than a second. They are an example of how wearable technology can positively interact with clothing without being built into it. Integrating the development and obsolescence cycles of electronics and fashion would slow down the development of wearables while making both more disposable.