And while it’s debatable whether we’ll ever get there (with there being a wearable tech object that the fashion-obsessed respect and covet as much as, say, Rodarte), startups are trying really, really hard to make it happen. Case in point: Viawear’s new Tyia bracelet, which chose today’s Decoded Fashion event as the platform for its debut as a finalist in the conference’s Beautiful Function wearables competition. The animated gif aside, the leather-metal combo designed by former David Yurman design director Walter Chefitz is a nice step onto the stylish side of a wearable tech continuum that usually dead ends with matte rubber wristbands and oversized square displays.
Now available for pre-order ($239-$269) and due out in 2015, the bracelet connects to your phone and alerts you to important calls and messages using vibration and colors. The idea? Freedom from your phone without missing the crucial communications you need most (whether that means the babysitter or your friend calling to say she just heard about Bronies for the first time).
Image via Viawear