The 7 Best Smart Clothes of 2021

High-tech clothing can better your life in some interesting ways

Smart clothes are traditional clothing items that contain modern technology. Some feature meshed wiring woven into the fabric, while others contain hardware that connects via Bluetooth to an iPhone or Android smartphone.

Clothing such as Bluetooth beanies have been around for years. A couple other examples of are denim jackets that can track your Uber's location and tracksuits that bathe your body in far infrared light. Here are seven of the best smart clothing items available for purchase.

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Levi's Commuter x Jacquard

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 notify you when your rideshare is nearby.

What We Like
  • New functionality continues to be added by Google.

  • Stylish and functional.

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in one color.

  • Requires an Android or iPhone connection.

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Snapchat's Spectacles 2

Snapchat's Spectacles 2 smart glasses

Snap

Snapchat's second generation of smart glasses boasts improved image quality for videos and photos, dual microphones for better sound recording, and faster transfer times.

The Spectacles 2 have more color variations for the Original model, and a better design in the newer Veronica and Nico models. Although the cameras on the glasses are still visible, the new designs are more subtle, and they don't broadcast to the world that you may be taking snaps.

What We Like
  • All models in the Spectacle 2 range feature 100% UVA/UVB protection.

  • Recorded videos and photos can be used by apps other than Snapchat or saved to your camera roll.

What We Don't Like
  • Two camera lenses are still obvious.

  • No color options for Nico and Veronica models.

  • Must export images and videos to Snapchat before you can export to other platforms.

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Nadi X

Nadi X smart yoga pants

Nadi X

Nadi X yoga pants can sense when your yoga pose needs refining. Using haptic feedback, the smart pants create small vibrations on the body part you need to adjust.

The Nadi X iOS app 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.

  • Pants are like a built-in yoga class.

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Under Armour Athlete Recovery Track Suit

Under Armor

Athlete Recovery is Under Armour's clothing line that absorbs heat from the human body and then reflects the heat back onto the wearer's skin as far infrared light. This is especially useful to athletes because far infrared light is said to encourage better muscle recovery and enhance relaxation.

Using this same technology, Under Armour also has bed sheets and pillowcases that cover your body in far infrared light while you sleep.

What We Like
  • No batteries, electronics, or wires needed.

  • A nice variety of Athlete Recovery sportswear and sleepwear.

What We Don't Like
  • The effectiveness of such a small level of infrared light is unknown.

  • Most color options are restricted to the black, grey, and white color palette.

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Sensoria Fitness Socks

Sensoria Fitness Socks

Sensoria

Sensoria Fitness Socks use advanced textile sensors built into each sock, plus a connected anklet device, to deliver precise data on how your foot lands while walking or running.

The connected app provides tips to improve your walking and running technique, and it tracks your steps, speed, altitude, and distance traveled.

What We Like
  • One of the few products on the market that collects data relating to foot landing technique.

  • You can view your dashboard from any browser.

What We Don't Like
  • The anklet device is clunky.

  • No color options are available beyond the default black design.

  • Only available for iOS 10 or higher.

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Neviano Swimsuits

Neviano Smart Swimsuits detect UV levels

Neviano

Designed and made in France, Neviano's swimsuits are stylish and integrated with a UV sensor. The sensor is about half the size of an adult's thumb, waterproof, and connects to the wearer's iOS or Android device. It sends alerts when UV levels are high to remind you to apply more sunscreen.

What We Like
  • An impressive range of swimsuit styles.

  • UV sensor's power lasts for 280 days without a charge.

What We Don't Like
  • No swimsuits for children.

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Siren Socks

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 foot's temperature at six different points. This data can 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.

  • You can only receive the socks by prescription.

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