It’s telling that when Pebble introduced their first smartwatch to the world with their 2012 Kickstarter campaign, they didn’t use the word “wearable” anywhere.
Before it became an industry buzzword, noting that a watch was “wearable” would have seemed about as novel as touting its ability to tell time.
But four years later, wearable technology has become one of the most dynamic — and crowded — categories of connected devices, leveraging the power of ever-shrinking processors, ubiquitous Bluetooth chipsets, and a base of users eager to extend the functionality of the smartphones that now touch so many parts of our lives.
As with all emerging technologies, wearables have seen a progression from initial experiments that explored form and function — but often fell short in user experience — giving way to more refined, polished examples that don’t require the eagerness and patience of devout early adopters to appreciate.
We took a look at the some of the latest projects on Kickstarter that demonstrate how far wearable tech has come in the last four years and reveal the new approaches and features that will define the future of the field.
Read more: A New Generation of Wearable Tech — Medium