2016 wasn’t a an ideal 12 months for wearables. There was weak progress from the Large Three (Apple, Google and Samsung), Pebble fell, and health mainstays Fitbit and Jawbone started to wither. That will not cease wearable tech from being in all places at CES 2017, however most of it is going to be extra of the identical — poor man’s copycats of the massive gamers or single-purpose devices with no hope of capturing the mainstream.

The one exception is wearables for youths. By their nature, wearables do not require the identical costly tech as different cellular gadgets (like smartphones), plus the consumer interfaces are usually quite simple. From a tech standpoint, that makes them excellent for kids, and the single-purpose thought is a power on this case: a wearable will help train a primary talent (step counting is simply math, in any case) or good habits (like toothbrushing approach). Simply so long as they do not neglect safety!.