As the wearable technology industry evolves, the big question seems to be “What are the best wearable technology products?”. With so many to choose from and with the wearables industry in it’s early stages, it can be difficult to separate the good from the…..not so good.
To understand where wearable tech fits into our lives and how or if it will continue to evolve with innovative products, we think it is important to ask the industries most influential people what they think.
We rounded up a staggering 44 of the top wearable tech experts and asked them the question:
“If you could own only three pieces of current wearable tech, what would they be?”
This information they provided should highlight which wearables are leading the charge in what is now a fast paced race to market.
The results showed their most sought after wearables and the results were very insightful.
Below we have added the comments from the experts so you can see how they backup their views and any thoughts they have towards these products. Some products are available right now, some are in development and some are fictional ones that are provided to show what kinds of products they would like to see in the wearable marketplace.
We would like to know what you think and there may be products you like that perhaps haven’t been mentioned, we would love to see your comments at the end of the article.
Wait no longer. Here are best wearable technology products recommended by our experts:
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We would like to thank all those that gave us their opinions below (you can click a name to scroll to the specific person) or read on to see them all:
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Ajay Fry, Al Sacco, Amos Kingatua, Angelica Campos, B.L. Ochman, Bart Perkins, Ben Moir, Billie Whitehouse, Bonnie Beeman, Brian Miller, Clive Maxfield, Craig Baker, Dave Asprey, Debraj De, Denise Lee Yohn, Fabio Lalli, Glen Gilmore, Graeme Kirk, Hilary Hayes, Hilary Topper, Isabel Pedersen, Jesse Harper, Jessica Groopman, John Buckley, Jordan Turner, Jose Resendez, J.P. Gownder, Kathleen Poulos, Matt Hickman, Michael Durwin, Paul Sonnier, Petr Palan, Pierre Metivier, Rachel Hinman, Rafael Pérez Revilla, Raimo van der Klein, Robert Prime, Rodrigo Martinez, Schneider Mike, Sherly Mendoza, Stephanie Battista, Todd Gailun, Tony Rizzo, Vicki Winters
Google Glass came in top which is not a huge surprise as it is the most publicised piece of wearable technology that is out there which is capable of amazing things. People we spoke to would like to see Google Glass look slightly more stylish or less obvious than it does but that did not take away hugely from it’s overall desirability. Then there’s the Pebble Watch which was funded by kickstarter and really set the bar for smart-watches with its sleek design, price point and simple functionality. The Oculus Rift was joint 3rd and this promises to be the next generation in virtual reality technology. All of the experts that recommended this had tried it or owned it and were blown away by it’s potential. It is available for pre-order here. Sharing 3rd place was the NFC Ring which is a stylish ring that is another Kickstarter funded product. It allows you to open doors, mobile phones, share information and other useful functions. Limited quantities are available for pre-order here.
Of course the Apple iWatch is highly anticipated and those in the know are already billing it to be one of the best wearable technology gadgets so we expected it to figure highly on people’s wish lists. It is not yet known what the iWatch will look like so we included an image of how it could look which was sent to us. We too cannot wait for this as we feel it will push the wearable electronics space to new heights.
In 5th and 6th place are the quite established and popular NFC Ring and the Misfit Shine. Both are proven to have uses in today’s lifestyle and are recommended by users. Let’s not forget all the other products mentioned including presently available ones, ones in concept/development stages and also visions of products that the experts would like to see, in all there were over 40 mentioned.
Wearable Technology List
The list of mentioned products in full:
Amulet Jewelry, Aurora Dream Enhancing Headband, Cute Circuits iMini Skirt, Dash earphones, Fin Ring, Firewalker LED Sneakers, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Zip, Garmin Watch, Google Glass, GoPro HD, Haptic Footwear, Hexoskin, iWatch, Kiroco Touch Jewellery, Kiwi Move, Logbar Ring, Martian Smart Watch, Mbody shorts, Memi, MetaWatch Meta, Misfit Shine, Myo armband, Neptune Pine, NFC Ring, Nike Fuel Band, Nike iPod, Nike+, Nod Bluetooth Ring, Nymi Band, Oculus Rift, OMSignal, Pebble Smartwatch, Recon Jet, Recon Snow2, Ringly, Samsung Gear Fit Watch, Seil Bag, Suunto Dive Watch, T-Shirt OS – Cute Circuit, Tinitell, Vuzix, Warmx Underwear, Wellness Band, WeON Glasses, Whistle, Withings Pulse meter