The human nature is aspiring to improve on its preceding limits is one of the most eminent factors behind the rate and level of growth we have achieved as a race. While it is important to note that we have achieved a lot in the few million years of our existence, the more impressive fact is our aspiration to try and reach out to further levels of unattended glory and expertise.
As with every passing year, new technologies bring new beginnings and new evidence of the belief that improvement on the technological front is something more than just an aspiration but a quest to prove the worth and mettle of human sweat and intelligence.
Like every year of the contemporary times, 2016 has also proved out to be a game changer in the technology spheres. With a lot of hi-tech gadgets coming up on the market, it is entirely fair to say that this year has been a landmark in wearable technological development and advances. From Smartwatches, Fitness band, Swim trackers, Heart monitors Smart Shirt, Smart Shoe, VR and fashion jewelry are all moving towards more technological change every day.
It is not so fair to weigh different advancements as each of them is the result of pure passion and dedication; therefore let’s just list some of the excellent pieces of innovative gadgets developed in 2016. So without further teasing the waiting folks, let’s present the best wearable tech products which have turned quite a few heads in the timeline this year.
Best Wearable Tech Products of 2016
50. Project Jacquard
It is the partnership between two giants of their respective fields, Levi’s and Google. This aims at delivering products with intellect but having interface shifted from gadgets to apparels. Smart fabrics are the new platform Google is focusing on. This is a pretty cool idea and can deliver pretty awesome products in the near future.
49. Gemio Smart Jewellery
It belongs to a much newer genre of smart jewelry and therefore while still being in the developmental phase, it delivers the much-needed glare and fashion statement. It uses Bluetooth low energy and wire mesh to draw distinctive patterns and is a craze amongst the teens. The superb design features are the USP of this gadget. This is unique and fabulous design make this as one of the best wearable tech product of 2016.
48. OMSignal Ombra
Being the firm behind the smart shirts supplied at the US Open, OMSignal has made a reputation in this stream. OMbra is an attempt to create a smart sports bra with everything from padding, firmness, straps and cups being adjustable. It also records all the relevant fitness data from heart rate and breathing patterns during and post workout sessions.
47. Xmetrics For Swimmers
This swimming wearable is designed for pros and enthusiasts alike and aims at delivering a fairly wider range biomechanic metric data that can be essential in improving the efficiency and other relevant dynamics of the swimmer by allowing a clearer picture of the data.
Smart watches have been featuring in the market for some time now. This watch developed at Samsung is willing to bring the experience to a newer level of comfort and seamlessness. The watch has a defining feature that it can read out your messages as well as allow you to have call reception even while your phone rests quietly in your pocket. This improved handiness of managing the devices can be really advantageous and comforting.
45. Vector Watch
Much like Smartphones, the issue of less powerful batteries remains even with the smartwatches. This watch from Vector is quite better than its counterparts in this regard. With 30 days power backup and breathtaking aesthetics, this watch is sure to be in contention for heavy users.
Buy – Vector Watch
44. Mind Reading Tech
This genre doesn’t feature any visible breakthrough by delivering some out of the line product; but the way things have gone and grown around Thync and Muse, it is more than clear that growth in this respect of tech is impCreate Linkeccably sure and accelerated.
43. OURA Smart Ring
This is a simple and easy to wear ring which has a lot to offer than fashion showcasing. Fingers have an extensive and easy to access network of arteries which when monitored can draw a clearer picture of the circulation. This ring, when connected with a smartphone, can record this data and makes the analysis as well as diagnosis easier.
42. Hismart Smart Bag
It introduces the new concept of having a smart bag synced with the Smartphones. Releases in crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and achieved $297,106 till now. The bag can’t only be improvised with the space requirement but also be used to answer calls, listen to songs and receive reminders when connected to the user’s phone.
41. Polar M600
This watch is pretty much designed for the customized use of running and measuring the metrics related to that. This GPS-enabled watch connects with your smartphone and delivers credible data about the cardio and running sessions one takes.
Buy – Polar M600
40. Helix Cuff
This is regarded as the world’s first wearable coming with smart Bluetooth headphones. The design is a treat for the eyes, and the device credibility makes it a must have for those willing to have a distinctive experience alongside being fashion savvy at the same time.
39. Misfit Ray
It is more of a Misfit coming to age kind of device. It combines the health tracking features of fitness bands with a refined and more attractive outward appearance making it a must have for those willing to sport a sassy look.
Buy – Misfit Ray
38. Hexoskin smart Shirt
This Smart shirt comes with Bluetooth connectivity which can be used to connect with the other fitness gadgets and record credibly accurate data of heart rate and respiration. It comes bundled with a dedicated chest strap which can be really assisting in managing recovery times and calorie management.
37. TomTom Sports Camera
This widely crazed and popular wearable features strongly in the best innovations of 2016. It has found immense application in the spheres of sports analysis by delivering real-time and well accurate data about the fitness oriented metrics.
Buy – TomTom
36. Mondaine Helvetica smart
When it comes to watches, nobody does it better than the Swiss. This smartwatch comes from a trusted brand, and its fitness tracking features are backed by the expert opinions right from the dreaded Silicon Valley.
Buy – Mondaine Helvetica
35. Garmin Vivoactive HR
This power packed wearable from Garmin is meant to tickle all the right chords with the users. Right from good design and awesome features, this smartwatch is a must have for someone willing to acquire a good quality product in reasonable price range. This fitness watch can satisfy the needs of both sports as well workout enthusiasts.
Buy – Garmin Vivoactive HR
34. Skagen Hagen
This suede looking product from Fossil is not only high on the product quality index but also on the style quotient. This watch combines the good looks required from a nice watch along with precise data collection of the fitness metrics. The price range is affordable and acts as an added incentive.
Buy – Skagen Hagen
33. Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse
This fitness band is meant for the usage of amateurs and pros alike. The reason for the fanfare of this band is the exemplary pricing of the band even when it packs most of the features from step count to heart and pulse rate monitoring.
Buy – Xiaomi Mi
32. Moov Now
Worn on the leg with a strap, this small chip-based device aims at optimizing the sports based activities of the user by recording the data and passing it to the smartphone connected with it. It is easy to use and comes without any operational hazards.
Buy – Moov Now
31. Fitbit Alta
This fitness band is the Fitbit’s bid to deliver products that not only are loaded with great features but also with impressive looks. It is often branded as the most stylish product from Fitbit and is seen with high regards amongst the available options in the market.
Buy – Fitbit Alta
30. Huawei Watch
Often considered as one of the best in the line of Android supported watches in the market. The watch supports the latest launched Android Wear 2.0. It comes with a steel chain and leather strap variants making it possible for the user to choose according to own styling preferences.
Buy – Huawei Watch
29. Microsoft HoloLens
This wearable from Microsoft has grabbed a lot of eyeballs and expectations by promising quite a refreshing and refined Augmented reality (AR) experience. It aims at delivering a never seen before the experience of augmented reality for product development, gaming or watching high-quality movies. This is going to be a revolutionary product when it’s launch in 2017.
28. Altra IQ Fitness Shoe
This product makes sure to take the fitness device quo directly to the grading point. This shoe has an array of sensors which record the stride speed, stride length, speed and other relevant metrics to running fitness.
27. Owlet Smart Sock
This comes as a fresh air of relief for the parents of the newborns. It is a smart sock that alerts the parents when the baby stops breathing. This is helpful for the parents as small babies being physically weak can’t turn even if they are not able to breathe properly. Alerting the parents in time can be life-saving at times. This product has earned quite some praise from all spheres.
26. Daqri Smart Helmet
This is the probably the hottest in the smart helmet market because of it being in the later stage of development and availability. It combines the hard hat and goggles while adding an extra x-ray vision-based feature which would allow the bearer to look through pipes and analyze the issues inlaid. This could improve work efficiency as well reduce errors in judgment.
25. Nuzzle Smart Pet Collar
It is a thoughtful product for the pet lovers who are worried about their pets straying away accidently. Nuzzle is more of a smart pet collar which can be used extensively to monitor the movement and activities of the pets even without being around all the time.
24. Sony Smartwatch 3
This watch from Sony has been there for some time now but is still a valid option for the smartwatch enthusiasts. The classy metal chain strap is likely to grab the attention of one and all. Its durability plays a pretty important role when it comes off its selection amongst the other options.
Buy – Sony Smartwatch 3
23. Withings Activite Pop
This is a quite entry level fitness tracking watch regarding the features attached to it. The eight-month durable battery is just a delight for the user who doesn’t really need to worry every now and then about recharging the watch because of the pathetic battery life.
Buy – Withings Activite Pop
22. Nixon The Mission
This watch is often considered the best watch for outdoor and adventure sports like skiing. This watch is durable and quite resistant to most of the possible damage done to the hostile environment and is taken with high regards amongst the outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Buy – The Mission
21. Fossil Q Marshal
The smartwatches in general lag behind in the looks factor. But this smartwatch from Fossil is really good looking and shows great specs along with genuine improvements in design and aesthetics. Not only the specs but the gadget packs a nasty punch even when we talk about the features it carries on board.
Buy – Fossil Q
20. Garmin Vivofit 2
This timepiece from Garmin is pretty much in the top line of the good looking smartwatches. This fitness tracking smartwatch has really good waterproofing and is quite handy in usage that would mean that the user can be more or less carefree about it getting damaged just too easily. The affordable price tag is something of a pleasant surprise and lightens up the spirit even more.
Buy – Vivofit 2
19. Microsoft Band 2
When the software giant announced to enter the smartwatch market, it was really big news and led to a lot of expectations. Microsoft Band 2 stands proudly as a result of all those expectations. It has got GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer and what not to compliment its lucrative design.
Buy – Microsoft Band 2
18. Moto 360 Sport
It is undoubtedly the hottest smartwatch in the contemporary market. It delivers the comfort of being able to connect and operate applications of your smartphone along with the trendy and pleasing design setup. It comes with GPS which plays an essential role in delivering credible data metrics.
Buy – Moto 360 Sport
17. Fitbit Charge 2
This wearable from the fitness wearable giant Fitbit has been quite a head turner. The craze for this gadget has grown immensely because of being in the more favorable price band and thus accessible to more number of customers. Swappable bands and multi-line OLED display have added to the shimmer around this product.
Buy – Fitbit Charge 2
16. Samsung Gear Fit 2
This sleek gadget from the house of Samsung is meant to be its entry in the competitive smartwatch market. It combines the features of smartwatch like call reception, media player and Bluetooth with those of fitness tracker bands. With GPS and well-lit AMOLED screen, the gadget is extremely inviting with good features and external aesthetics.
Buy – Gear Fit 2
15. Kokoon Sleep Tracker
Most of the wearable gadgets available in the market are meant to monitor and analyze the sleep patterns of the user. Kokoon aspires to not only measure but also help the user in improving the overall sleep quality.
14. Under Armour Health Box
Technically put in the category of the fitness tracker instruments; this beautiful piece of technology is credited with being accurate in noting the fitness related data like heart rate, pulse, sleep, training reps, etc. with relative ease. The chest strap provided with this pack is quite helpful for fitness freaks and is known to be accurate and literally spot on when it comes to data.
Buy – Health Box
13. Withings Steel HR
The fitness tracking watches are usually expected to be digital in nature. But this product from Withings is all set to challenge that belief by bringing a classy looking analog watch with yet wonderfully calibrated fitness tracking modules.
Buy – Withings Steel HR
12. Bragi Dash
This gadget combines the temptation of bringing on the best experience of technology alongside the ease of usage and the oomph of fashion. Meant to be worn as earpieces, it can be worn on a regular basis and can be used to answer calls, listen to songs and record fitness data. Being subtly comfortable in design, this gadget can be used day in and day out without much deliverance.
11. HTC Vive Pre (2nd gen) VR
This improved version HTC Vive Pre comes with the added advantages of being lighter and revamped design. The experience of virtually diving into adventures remains the same and has actually improved at certain levels. This VR piece is quite compatible with most of the gaming regimes and would remain in the market as one of the big guns.
Buy – HTC vive
10. Jawbone UP3
This sleep monitoring gadget from Jawbone comes as an improvement over the predecessors. It makes sure to deliver a carefully calibrated system to measure user’s bpm, body temperature, breathing patterns and skin responses.
Buy – UP3
9. Misfit Shine 2
This comes as a successor of a pretty well received Misfit Shine. While it makes sure to have retained the best features of the earlier version like sleep monitoring and step tracking, the added action clip allows the user to use the device with versatility and relative ease.
Buy – Shine 2
8. Samsung Gear S3
This tempting little piece of technology is something that has made Samsung’s presence felt in the smartwatch market and packs a punch when it comes off the features attached to the board. Better battery, larger screen, and really tempting design are what make this watch a prospective big gun in the market.
Buy – Gear S3
7. Garmin Forerunner 235
This is an all in one smartwatch which doubles up as a fitness tracker with relative ease and has an on desk GPS which has become essential in the fitness tracking spheres. The accuracy of data recording along with the quite aesthetic design makes it a real desirable gadget for all the gadgets freaks around.
Buy – Forerunner 235
6. Garmin Vivomove
This fitness tracking watch comes loaded with the requisite features that are expected out of a fitness watch but at the same time also has a spectacular design which will compliment the fashion statement of the bearer to a great extent.
Buy – Vivomove
5. Tag Heuer Connected
Being one of the most tempting brands for watch enthusiasts, Tag Heuer made it a point to enter the smartwatch market with a wearable that not only has some of the most helpful features but also a pretty attractive design.
Buy – Tag Heuer Connected
4. Athena For Women’s Safety
This smart wearable has a more social objective instead of the commercial aspects. It aims at increasing women security by tagging an alarm system which can be readily used in times of distress. This would make sure that help arrives in time whenever required. It can also be used to locate victims during disasters and serve them relief.
3. Pebble 2
Pebble smartwatch has made a quirky entry in the market and a long lasting mark. Pebble 2 keeps all the nice things from its predecessor but a revamped and improved design. This watch being supportive to both iPhone and Android devices makes it a favorite. The affordable pricing plays an incredible role for sure as well.
Buy – Pebble 2
2. Fitbit Blaze
Having made a mark in the smartwatch and fitness gear industry, Fitbit needs no introduction. Fitbit Blaze is an improvement in the already popular series of smartwatches. It sports a color touch screen with connected GPS as add-on features while still maintaining the older favorite features. This mix of old and new is something to watch out for.
Buy – Blaze
1. Apple Watch Series 2
The biggest issue with smart watches and fitness bands is the nonavailability of waterproof gadgets; this limits the applications to a great level. Apple Watch Series 2 has come clear of this issue by delivering a product that can stand strongly even in the face of water hazards.
Buy – Apple watch 2
With all the new features for the users need and sold more than 1.1 Million units till now, Apple watch series 2 is the king of smartwatches in 2016. No one can predict 2017 at present since with Fitbit acquiring Pebble Inc, there will be a huge wave of products you can expect.
It is more than sure that the next year would bring a lot of unseen and inexperienced before technologies and lighten up the world even more soon. But looking at the range of best wearable products in 2016, one can safely say that the design and technological aspects of the gadgets have been attempted to be combined seamlessly and the efforts have yielded some really wonderful techs.
A new year and a new beginning, hopefully, the trend of improvement in the technology industry will take the present upward curve and be even more wonderful and enticing for those looking forward to it.