50 wearable tech gamechangers for 2017

Your essential guide to what’s going to be making headlines in the year ahead

Experts haven't exactly had their finest 12 months, but when it comes to wearable tech, we know better than everyone else. So we're going full steam ahead with not one, not ten, but 50 predictions for wearable tech and the connected self for 2017.

We have previous form, of course. A year ago, the Wareable 50 predicted big things for VR, Fitbit and the Apple Watch 2. The fact that we also had 2016 down as the year of wearable payments, Magic Leap and Blocks is no matter because here we are again with a fresh list.

This time around with the Wareable 50 2017, we are sending 50 trends, people, products and companies out into the ether, asking nothing in return. We've hand-wringed and harrumphed over what makes the cut and the list has been shuffled and shimmied around until it's dizzy. We hope you like the list's new look, let us know in the comments whether you agree with our picks and what you think we've missed.


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  • Joey1058·

    ... smart earbuds for number one?... seriously?? ...wow...

    • Extraneus·

      Why not...? Right now smart earbuds certainly look like the best bet for a successful wearable, which can actually reach and be of use to the masses in 2017. In the long run they'll be a footnote, but I can easily see them filling a void in the short run; something smartwatches have been struggling (and failing) to do these last few years...

  • BruceMWebb·

    Good luck on the predictions, we all know what happened during the US election and many tech predictions in the past have been so wrong it's not funny, for example we were supposed to have a completely paperless office in the nineties....still waiting.

    • Extraneus·

      The paperless office is there if you want it; just a matter of implementation. For most people it's a step too far out of their comfort zone, but when I visited the Microsoft headquarters here in Denmark a year ago, there was hardly a sheet of paper in sight...

  • Blackwizard·

    Having killed Pebble and kickstarter supporters in one move, one has to wonder how many pebble customers or new haters have landed on Fitbit's plate?

    • Randomman123·

      I like the acquisition, personally. It combines Fitbit's experience in fitness with the unique color e-paper display on the pebble.

  • OsmarSouza·


    No new hardware from fitbit?