Best Wearable Tech – A Roundup Of What Is To Come In 2016.
The end of 2015 is almost here. It is time to look ahead to a new year of wearables. A new year of augmented reality. A new year of fashion tech. A new year of emerging tech. A new year of CES 2016 goodies.
However, while you wait for the new CES to arrive, you better check out this list of wearables, ready to hit the shelves in 2016. From the Oculus Rift to the new Apple Watch 2, these are the best wearable tech devices you are going to see in 2016.
Best Wearable Tech in 2016 – Apple Watch 2
It is now official. The first Apple Watch was a hit among consumers. Apple will have sold more than 12 million pieces, by the end of the year.
There are no official news – to date – about the new Apple Watch 2. However, all the leaks are pointing to an Apple Watch 2 launch in June, next year.
From a design perspective, the Apple Watch 2 is sporting the same look. The same rectangular screen, the same resolution, and just the same body.
There are some changes, though. The new Apple Watch comes with a front-facing video camera. We love the idea and are looking fwd to take some FaceTime calls. On top of that, a new report claims the new Apple Watch 2 will feature smart straps and a waterproof version of the Apple Watch Sport.
Best Wearable Tech in 2016 – HTC Vive
The HTC Vive, powered by SteamVR, is Valve’s answer to virtual reality headsets like PlayStation VR and the Oculus Rift.
Long thought to be in the pipeline, Valve’s first virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, will be released in 2016.
The gaming community is excited by the prospect of Valve entering the VR space. It makes sense as Valve is the owner of the leading games distribution platform in the world, Steam.
More than that, the HTC Vive has the highest resolution of all the VR headsets on the market – 1.200 x 1.080 P.P.E. (pixels per eye) and a refresh rate of 90fps. That means a better picture quality and no motion sickness.
We are expecting the new Vive VR to cost between $750 and $850 and is going to hit the shelves in April 2016.
Best Wearable Tech in 2016 – Microsoft HoloLens
From VR to augmented reality, or what Microsoft describes as mixed reality.
If you are new to the augmented reality and holograms world, Microsoft HoloLens might sounds strange to you. It is, in fact, a smart-glasses headset powered by Windows 10.
Microsoft HoloLens uses advanced sensors, high-definition stereoscopic 3D optical head-mounted display, spatial sound, augmented reality applications all in a natural user interface that the user interacts with, through voice, eye movements, and hand gestures.
Microsoft is launching next year the first HoloLens headset. Yes, it is “just” the developer unit called the HoloLens Development Edition.
The headset’s price tag is $3.000 (£2.000). The shipping is expected to start in the first quarter of next year (2016).
Best Wearable Tech in 2016 – Fitbit’s New Range Of Trackers
Recent market research crowned Fitbit as the best-selling wearables in 2015. It had to beat stiff competition from Apple and Xiaomi. Great result and there’s a reason for that.
Fitbit’s range of activity trackers can collect all kinds of data and information from the user. Depending on the device you are using, your Fitbit can calculate how many steps you’ve taken, how many stairs you’ve climbed, the quality of your sleep, etc.
In a recent interview, Fitbit’s CEO James Park says the company is looking to add more sensors to the next range of trackers that will see the light in 2016.
More than that, in addition to more sensors, Park says Fitbit also plans to create partnerships with big fashion houses. If Park’s plans work out, it seems like we are going to have Fitbit again as one of the best wearable tech in 2016.
Best Wearable Tech in 2016 – Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift has an interesting story to tell. It started as a Kickstarter campaign nearly three years ago. But the headset became so popular that a few months later Facebook bought them for two billion U.S. dollars.
In 2016, after three years of hard work, the company promised you’ll have a look at the final Oculus Rift hardware. And buy it.
While Oculus is not mentioning any price, the company has suggested that the price will be below $1.500 with the right PC hardware. As for the release date, the Oculus Rift will be launched during Q.1 of 2016.
Is there a wearable tech product that you are looking forward to buying in the next year? Let us now in the comments section below.