2015 was quite the breakthrough year for wearable tech. When Apple released its very first prototype of the Apple Watch, many were skeptical about its chances in the market. Not only was it too expensive but also it didn't really present anything groundbreaking. Compared to smartphones that changed the way people live and communicate with each other, smartwatches were merely expensive accessories. Additionally, the early designs of these smartwatches weren't particularly easy on the eye. Apple, however, proved everyone wrong. The Apple Watch last year became the biggest selling wearable tech, with a whopping 4.2 million sales in just the second half of 2015. Sales of the Apple Watch were so successful that they were able to overtake the sales of cheaper smartwatches that were engineered by the likes of rival Samsung. So, Samsung retaliated by trying to make its smartwatches popular by integrating the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 with slot machine games but it wasn't very successful. First of all, its dedicated slots didn't have the same welcoming offers that online gaming providers give to their patrons, which include tons of freebies while playing popular slot titles. Secondly, smartwatch screens are too small for players to appreciate the game's graphics. Apple watches had successfully integrated themselves into the lives of people due to their amazing features like the user’s ability to track their health in real-time. It is because of this success that fashion designers and MIT students are now joining forces with Apple to make wearable technology more beautiful and useful.
In 2016, people may see the rise of "smart jewelry," which is a synthesis of luxurious and high-end aesthetics on top of groundbreaking technology. Jerry Wilmink, head of the biomedical laboratory and founder of WiseWear, has developed a type of Bluetooth signal that can effectively be emitted through metal surfaces without sacrificing its signal strength. As such, this type of Bluetooth technology can communicate and pair with smartphones. If successful, necklaces, rings, and bangles using the concept of "smart jewelry" can receive emails, texts, Facebook notifications, and even make calls. It possibly be used as a device for self-defense. According to Wimnik, “In the event that your feel unsafe you tap the bracelet three times, it sends a message to your loved ones of your exact Google location.” The concept of “smart jewelry” seems promising, as it will essentially raise the bar in the smartwatch arena. What features would you love to see featured on “smart jewelry”?