The 8 Best Smart Clothes of 2018

High tech clothing can make life easier in some interesting ways

Nadi X smart yoga pants.

 Nadi X

Smart clothes are traditional clothing items that have been enhanced with modern technology. Some feature meshed wiring woven into their fabric while others contain hardware that can connect to an iPhone or Android smartphone. Some even use advanced engineering that works on a chemical level to add additional futuristic functionality.

From denim jackets that can track your Uber to tracksuits that bathe your body in Far Infrared light, smart clothes are well and truly here to stay. Here are eight of the biggest high tech clothing items that are currently available to purchase in stores or online 

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Levi's Commuter x Jacquard: Most Practical Smart Clothes

Levi's Commuter x Jacquard by Google smart clothing

 Levi's and Google

The Commuter x Jacquard is part of a collaboration between Levi's and Google. This non-stretch denim jacket connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and can screen phone calls, control music volume, and even get you directions by tapping or brushing the sleeve.

What We Like

  • New functionality continues to be added by Google with software updates.
  • The Commuter x Jacquard is available in men's and women's sizes.

What We Don't Like

  • The jacket is only available in one color which is disappointing.
  • All functionality is completely reliant on a connection to an Android smartphone or iPhone.
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Tommy Jeans Xplore: Fashion Meets Gamification

Tommy Jeans Xplore smart clothes.

 Tommy

The Tommy Jeans Xplore fashion line features hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets, jeans, caps, and bags. Each item has been fitted with a special chip that can track how often the product is used and also where it's worn.

Fashion aficionados can sync their stylish smart clothes and accessories to the Tommy Jeans Xplore iOS app and participate in a location-based game and earn points that can be redeemed for discounts or access to VIP events.

What We Like

  • Tommy Jeans Xplore features a good variety of products for men and women which makes the tech very accessible.
  • A very user-friendly line of products for those new to smart clothing.

What We Don't Like

  • Parents may have some concerns about the location tracking functionality.
  • You'll have to be a big fan of the Tommy Hilfiger to really get a lot out of these products.
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Snapchat's Spectacles 2: Smart Glasses For the Social Butterfly

Snapchat's Spectacles 2 smart glasses.

 Snap

Snapchat's second generation of smart glasses boast improved image quality for recorded videos and photos (1216 x 1216 and 1642 x 1642 pixel resolution respectively), dual microphones for better sound recording, and faster transfer times.

The Spectacles 2 range also features a more design options with several color variations made available for the Original model and the newer Veronica and Nico models that look more like regular sunglasses and don't broadcast to the world that you're wearing two cameras on your head.

What We Like

  • All models in the Spectacle 2 range feature 100% UVA/UVB protection.
  • Recorded videos and photos can be used apps other than Snapchat or saved to your Camera Roll.

What We Don't Like

  • The two camera lenses are still a bit too obvious.
  • No color options for Nico and Veronica models.
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Nadi X: Smart Clothes for the Modern Yogi

Nadi X smart yoga pants

 Nadi X

Nadi X yoga pants are high tech clothing that can sense when your yoga pose needs refining and uses haptic feedback to create small vibrations on the body part you need to adjust. The pants connect to the Nadi X iOS app which offers instructions on how to optimize each pose in addition to proper yoga flows which can be used to curate your own personal yoga class.

Nadi X yoga pants are available for men and women in a variety of sizes and are completely machine washable after removing the battery pack which attaches to the rear of your left knee.

What We Like

  • An original take on smart clothing technology.
  • A great tool for people who want to work on their yoga poses at home.

What We Don't Like

  • The smart features only work when doing poses from the smartphone app.
  • The Nadi X app is only available on iOS devices.
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Under Armour's Athlete Recovery: Smart Clothes for Relaxation and Healing

Under Armour Athlete Recovery Track Suit

Athlete Recovery Track Suit

Athlete Recovery is Under Armour's range of clothes that absorb heat from the human body and reflects it back onto the wearer's skin as Far Infrared light, a safe energy that is said to encourage better muscle recovery and enhance relaxation.

Under Armour's smart clothes are able to do this due to the implementation of a bioceramic print which is printed onto the underside of each garment. The company has also used this technology in a range of Athlete Recovery bed sheets and pillow cases so you can bathe your entire body in Far Infrared light while you sleep.

What We Like

  • This high tech clothing doesn't require the use of any batteries, electronics, or wires.
  • Good variety of Athlete Recovery sportswear and sleepwear for men and women.

What We Don't Like

  • The science is solid but it's unclear just how effective such a small level of infrared light could be.
  • Most color options are restricted to the black, grey, and white color palette. 
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Sensoria Fitness Socks: Detailed Running Data

Sensoria Fitness Socks

 Sensoria

Sensoria Fitness Socks use advanced textile sensors built into each sock and a connected anklet device to detect precise data on how your foot lands while walking or running. The connected app can provide you with tips while running to improve your style and the product also tracks steps, speed, altitude, and distance travelled.

What We Like

  • The Sensoria Fitness Socks app works on older Apple devices running iOS 8 and up and Android devices using 4.3 onwards.
  • One of the few products on the market that collect data relating to foot landing technique.

What We Don't Like

  • The need for the anklet device looks very clunky and dated.
  • No color options are available beyond the default grey design. 
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Neviano Swimsuits: High Tech Swimwear that Detects UV Levels

Neviano Smart Swimsuits detect UV levels and send the data to your smartphone.

Neviano

Designed and made in France, Neviano's swimsuits boast a stylish aesthetic and high tech functionality made possible by the integration of a UV sensor. This sensor, which about half the size of an adult's thumb, is water proof and connects to the wearer's iOS or Android device to send alerts when UV levels are high and more sunscreen should be applied.

The Neviano smartphone app takes into account the potential different skin tones of its users and alerts can be customized to be sent to a friend or partner to pass your sunscreen responsibility onto them instead.

What We Like

  • An impressive range of swimsuit styles and colors for adult men and women and female children.
  • UV sensor's power lasts for 280 days without a charge.

What We Don't Like

  • No swimsuit options for male children.
  • The European form-fitting design may deter some men from giving this product a go.
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Siren Socks: Smart Clothing for Diabetics

Siren diabetic smart socks.

 Siren

Siren's smart socks, officially referred to as Siren’s Diabetic Socks and Foot Monitoring System, use small sensors placed throughout the socks' fabric to measure the temperature of the limb at six different locations. This data can be used to detect ulcerations which often result in amputations.

What We Like

  • The socks don't need to be charged and are machine washable.
  • Alerts are sent to the connected smartphone when an injury is detected.

What We Don't Like

  • Siren’s Diabetic Socks are only available as part of a $19.95 monthly subscription service.
  • The socks' design may not appeal to younger individuals with diabetes.