As 2016 comes to an end, most of the big companies have already dropped their wearables in the market like Apple Watch 2, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear S2, but the greatest innovations are yet to come.
Following is the list of wearable technologies that are about to hit the market:
§ Microsoft HoloLens (ETA – late 2016)
This upcoming augmented reality headset from Microsoft is the most anticipated technology till date. It does not have a fixed release date yet. This technology uses a depth camera which tracks your head and hand gestures and overlays holograms, blending them into real environment. These can be fixed at one place and you can walk around them, and you can manipulate them as though they are real 3D objects. Microsoft is now having developers and creators to develop games and apps for the headset, and Minecraft, which now it owns, is one of them and is expected to be a big hit.
§ Project Aura (ETA – 2017)
Not much people know about this wearable as it didn’t get as much attention, but it is confirmed. It is based on the concept on Google Glass, but it will be designed for the workplace and will be enterprise focused. It will be waterproof, and you can fold it up and keep it in your pocket. It is durable and has improved battery life and wearers can stream video apps and much more.
§ Magic Leap (ETA – 2016)
This is another AR just like the Microsoft HoloLens, but it’s not sure yet. It has raised over $1 billion in funding and is in talks. They also release a teaser video every couple of months.
§ Blocks (ETA – December 2016)
This is a modular smartwatch, one you’d want to get your hands on. The Blocks smartwatch has a 1.4 inch 400×400 AMOLED display and runs Android Marshmallow. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 4GB internal memory and 512MB RAM.
§ HTC/Under Armour (ETA unknown)
The smartwatch from HTC was going to be launched in April 2016 but got postponed and as of yet, the release date is not known. It is rumored that it has an all-round display with a 360×360 resolution.
§ Xiaomi Smartwatch (ETA unknown)
The Amazfit Watch from Xiaomi has its own custom OS, and works with Android devices. You need to have the Mii Fit app on your Android smartphone. It is a fitness-focused affordable smartwatch.
§ Asus ZenWatch 3 (ETA – November 2016)
The latest smartwatch from Asus has a 1.39 inch 400×400 AMOLED display and comes in three different colors. It runs Android OS and is quite expensive.
§ Pebble Time 2 (ETA – November 2016)
It is a professional smartwatch and has an e-paper 228×200 1.5-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and is mostly made of stainless steel with a silicon strap. It has an inbuilt microphone for voice notes. It works with both Apple and Android devices but doesn’t have any GPS or Wi-Fi support. It also monitors heart rate and is embedded with ARM Cortex M7 processor. It has its own custom Pebble OS.
§ Samsung Gear 3 (ETA – November 2016)
The third smartwatch from Samsung has a 1.3-inch 360×360 super AMOLED screen with a 46mm body. It comes with a GPS, barometer, altimeter and speedometer to measure heart rate. It comes in two different colors. It’s release date and price are unknown as of yet.