Wearable Tech Awards 2016 – The Big Winners

Wearable Tech Awards 2016 – The Big Winners

Last week, Wareable.com — experts on all things quantified self — announced their first-ever Wearable Tech Award winners. Here’s a look at the results, perhaps to inspire some early holiday shopping?

Big Winners of the 2016 Wearable Tech Awards

It was the Apple Watch Series 2 that took home the most-notable prizes, winning both smartwatch of the year and wearable of the year at the end of the London awards’ banquet.

Why? “For answering the critics over what a smartwatch can do and creating a truly desirable wearable with the features to match, the Series 2 won our first major Award. This is now a refined smartwatch experience thanks to watchOS3, and a truly useful wearable with GPS, fitness and swimming features and a design still knows how to make a statement,” Sophie Charara wrote for Wareable.

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Garmin’s Vivosmart HR+ won Fitness Tracker of the Year Award while the Fitbit’s Charge 2 snagged the runner-up spot. The Vivosmart has been a long-time favorite of Wareable’s, thanks to its heart rate and GPS functionality, plus an easy-to-read touchscreen and thin, light design.

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The Moov Now won the Sports Wearable of the Year Award, beating out veteran Garmin. It’s light design, new for this version, plus its incredible battery life (as long as six months), and the addition of daily fitness tracking, as well as sports-specific training, gave it the edge.

Withings Health Mate won Health & Fitness Platform of the Year, with Wareable calling it “a slick, do-it-all health platform for iOS and Android that brings together steps, heart rate, blood pressure and weight into an overall picture of your health.” Jawbone Up was second in this category.

Fossil Group won Fashion Tech Collection of the Year thanks to wide-ranging designer collaborations with industry notables such as Michael Kors and Kate Spade. Fitbit again took home second place in this category because of its collaboration with Tory Burch and others.

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Wareable.com noted the “hearable” trend, awarding the Hearable of the Year to the Bragi Dash because of its smart heart rate tracking and user-friendly music storage. (Plus, the company has a newly announced IBM Watson partnership on the horizon.)

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One more interesting category: The Saves the Day Project of the Year, which focuses on tech-for-good initiatives. Fitbit Group Health won this distinction due to the company’s 160 and counting collaborations with scientists to help collect, measure and study health data on thousands of study participants — all in an effort to improve patient health and care.

For details on the rankings, and more categories than covered here, check out Wareable.com.

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