The wearable world won’t know what’s hit it when these new smartwatches, fitness trackers and VR headsets land.
Sure, the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Tag Heuer Connected and Samsung Gear S2 are already available – and we were waiting ages for those. But if you want to know about the biggest innovations that are yet to drop, then cast your eyes and screen-scrolling fingers a little further down this page.
Sony PlayStation VR (ETA: 31 Oct 2016)
Sony’s PlayStation VR headset lands at the very end of October 2016 but is up for pre-order now. The final headset kept its predecessor’s Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, but ups it from 5-inches to 5.7-inches, which gives a 100-degree field of vision. It also features RGB subpixels, which help smooth out the image.
There’s motion tracking, it’s compatible with DualShock 4 controllers and the price of £349 should be more within reach than the PC based headsets. Plus the PlayStation VR games line-up looks banging so far.
Garmin Vivoactive HR (ETA: May 2016)
Garmin’s site is still not showing shipping dates but the much anticipated Vivoactive HRis about to drop. Garmin’s smartwatch is slimmer than ever but keeps all its killer features including: its Elevate optical heart rate sensor tech, GPS and great software. Plus you now get an altimeter and tracking for activities like rowing and skiing with specialist metrics.
Look out for a Vivoactive HR review on Wareable.com very soon, for now you read our first impressions of the wearable from MWC 2016.
Apple Watch 2 (ETA: September 2016)
The above image is a concept, we repeat, the above image is a concept. That doesn’t mean, though, that we haven’t got a great idea in our heads about what we want from the Apple Watch 2.
We’ve been covering rumours for a while but it looks like we should expect a launch of the second-gen Watch at WWDC in June with a release date of September 2016. Still, that’s a long time for Android Wear, Tizen and Pebble to catch up.
Project Aura (ETA: 2017)
Project Aura is the wearable we know the least about on this list. But it is confirmed. It’s basically Google Glass 2, under Tony Fadell. Don’t let that put you off, though, it will most likely be enterprise focused and designed for the workplace.
The new second gen smartglasses will be durable, waterproof and able to be folded up and pocketed. Wearers will be able to stream video apps and improved battery life is also rumoured, though that might just be wishful thinking on the internet’s part considering the original Google Glass.
Michael Kors Access (ETA: Fall 2016)
This $395 designer Android Wear watch may have the dreaded flat tyre but when it hits Michael Kors shops and concessions later in 2016, it will help push smartwatches into the bright lights of high fashion.
Access will arrive in two styles, aimed at men and women respectively, we know that both the gold finish and black rubber watches will have interchangeable. Apart from that, all the specs are still unknown – though this probably won’t put off the fashion crowd. This could sell very well with the Tag Heuer Connected as its more expensive predecessor.
Microsoft HoloLens (ETA: late 2016)
This futuristic augmented reality headset from Microsoft doesn’t actually have a firm release date yet – dev kits have now gone out – but that’s not stopping us from getting excited about it. HoloLens tracks your head as well as hand gestures and overlays ‘holograms’ onto your field of vision, blending them into real environments with help from a depth camera.
These can be ‘pinned’ into place so you can walk around them and manipulated in your hands as though they are real 3D objects. Microsoft is now getting HoloLens into the hands of developers and creators to build apps and games for the headset and it’s betting Minecraft, which it now owns, will be a big hit.
Sony Xperia Ear (ETA: summer 2016)
Due this summer, Sony’s Xperia Ear could achieve what the Moto Hint never managed to – being the first truly mainstream personal assistant hearable. The device works with Sony’s Voice Agent software and can read out texts, calendar items and web results. With two mics for voice controls and a clickable button on the surface of the earbud, if it’s accurate and reliable enough, this could be the everyday hearable we’ve been waiting for.
Ringly Aries (ETA: summer 2016)
We’re excited about smart jewellery and Ringly is very much at the forefront of this emerging category. Aries is its second product and – you guessed it – not a ring. Instead it’s a smart bracelet that adds fitness tracking to the existing, clever Ringly alerts handling. Best of all, this just not look like tech at all. Early pre-orderers should expect to receive their Aries in the summer, CEO Christina Mercando d’Avignon told us she’s hoping to start shipping in August.
Magic Leap (ETA: 2016)
Magic Leap is the talk of AR right now, not only has it raised over $1 billion in funding but it’s releasing a teaser video every couple of months just to remind us of how much we want to try the tech.
Nixon The Mission (ETA: October 2016)
This was a plesant surprise from this year’s Baselworld – Nixon’s first Android Wear watch, The Mission, is due to be released in October 2016 for £350. It’s basically a watch for adventurers, with GPS, military grade shock and dust resistance and super-waterproofing as well as a full colour AMOLED screen.
You won’t be short on sensors either as it packs: an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, compass, gyrometer, accelerometer and humidity sensor. Phew, we can’t wait.
Samsung Gear 360 (ETA: late 2016)
It’s not a wearable! Well, no, but VR fans will be looking forward to the release of Samsung’s 360 degree camera for the rest of us. We don’t know the price yet but considering that it’s selling the Gear VR for as little as £80, we’re hoping it’s affordable.
The Gear 360 is a cute little camera with a duo of 180 degree f2.0 fisheye lenses which can shoot two super wide images or video simultaneously. These are then stitched together to create 360 degree footage that can be viewed on the Samsung Gear VR. Neat. Now just tell us how much Samsung.
New Balance watch (ETA: ‘holidays’ 2016)
New Balance is getting into the smartwatch game too with its first Android Wear watch due at the end of 2016, or the “holidays” as it’s putting it. There’s a collaboration between Intel and Google and the resulting device will rock GPS and built-in storage for music, making it a potentially great choice for runners.
Also, New Balance is already teasing intelligent sensors in footwear from its new Digital Sports team so the new watch will be a big part of its new system.
Blocks (ETA: June 2016)
Originally part of Intel’s Make It Wearable competition, Blocks has ambitious aims to make a modular wearable, enabling users to pick and choose the features they want. The idea is that users buy the main unit and then add extra elements, such as a heart rate monitor, GPS radio, contactless payments sensor or even an extra battery, as they see fit.
The prototype Blocks watch features a round-faced screen with multiple removable links. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Blocks Wearables is scheduled to begin shipping in June 2016.