From Abacus Rings to Phone-Charging Pants: The History of Wearables

Long before FitBit, Google Glass and Bluetooth headsets, wearables entered the world in a non-social media world. No one wrote an online review¬†about the abacus ring, the first known wearable, but chances are that everyone did laugh when the first person tried to put an Apple II computer into a cut-out backpack. So at least that hasn’t changed.

In the infographic below, we track the history of wearables, from their humble beginnings during the Qing Dynasty in the 1600s to their use in modern medicine to where they’re going next (Hint: They’re going to the dogs!).

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