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Throwback: The Evolution of Wearable Tech


Morgan Hatfield, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association

The wearable tech industry is predicted to reach $6.4 billion in 2018, according to a recent CTA mid-year update of U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts. That’s a 10 percent increase from last year.

We’re taking a look at the early wearable technology at CES to see how it has evolved into the industry it is today.

2015

At CES 2015, we had Samsung showcasing their newest in smartwatches and LG showing the Tone Infinim Bluetooth Stereo Headset.

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2016

CES 2016 brought Fitbit smartwatches with touchscreens and AltoTechs’ AR glasses.

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2017

CES 2017 unveiled Fitbit’s new model of wearables, Oakley’s Radar Pace smart glasses that provide light control to help visibility, VisiJax Highlight Jacket with lights to increase visibility to traffic and Vufine’s wearable to display a monitor through your glasses.

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2018

At CES 2018, we saw Kate Spade’s smartwatches, Orphe’s color changing smart shoes, Proglove’s exhibited industrial scanning, packing, tracking capabilities, the SLIDE’s smartwatch, Cosmo Connected’s smart helmet to keep bikers safe with brake lights and text alerts in the case of an accident, Tractive’s GPS pet tracker collars, Orbi’s 360 degree video recording glasses and so much more. 

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Don’t miss out on the latest in fitness and wearables at CES 2019 in Las Vegas: January 8-11.

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