Today's wearables are just scratching the surface.
This year, we finally got our hands on Apple's first-generation Watch, a device that many believed would prove "wearables" deserved to exist as a product category. It showed a lot of initial promise, but it ultimately left much to be desired. It's useful, but not essential, especially for a device that needs to be charged daily. (This is a theme across most wearable devices, it seems.)
In 2016, we expect wearable devices to get more useful and more appealing — especially sincehype seems to have died down for the category since 2013. Apple aims to introduce its second-generation Watch, which we're hoping offers more utility in terms of first-party apps that take advantage of the Watch's health or communication features.
But in general, we're expecting more unique features across other platforms like Android Wear, Google's operating system for wearable devices that's entering its third year on the market, and Pebble, with its growing line of e-paper smartwatches. And don't forget about fitness trackers from companies like FitBit. We expect some new designs in 2016 to help them stay relevant in a sea of smartwatches.