Jewelry has been around since the birth of civilization. Technology, not so long. But a few prescient jewelry manufacturers like Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Richline, are hell-bent on melding the two. Ulrich told me that he was inspired to start exploring the possibilities of high-tech jewelry after seeing the glut of ugly plastic fitness bands on the market.
At the recent JCK Show in Las Vegas, a large industry gathering for the jewelry business, Richline hosted a special area showcasing the intersection of wearable technology and jewelry. The motivation? To educate its industry and stake its flag into the word of high-tech jewels. Here's a look at some of the items that drew the biggest "oohs" and "ahhs." Some address the process of making jewelry, some touch on the experience of buying it and some are just beautiful jeweled things to behold.
Robin Raskin is founder of Living in Digital Times (LIDT), a team of technophiles who bring together top experts and the latest innovations that intersect lifestyle and technology. LIDT produces conferences and expos at CES and throughout the year focusing on how technology enhances every aspect of our lives through the eyes of today's digital consumer.
Added Note: Raskin attended this conference as a guest of JCK and moderated a panel about the Future of Wearables.