Remember when a Walkman was the last word in wearable tech?

And when we say wearable, we all know that really meant an unyielding plastic clip that, were you not wearing a very tight pair of jeans indeed, would almost certainly cause the waistband of your kecks to sag.

Oh, how times have changed.

Not only is music portable in a way that involves little more than a pair of wireless earphones, but the concept has extended into all manner of items, from smartwatches and fitbits to the likes of a self-heating coat (yes, really).

And that’s just the tip of the ‘I never knew I needed that but WOW I absolutely do’ iceberg.

Here’s our pick of the latest wearable tech that will not just make your life a little easier, but make you think, too…