Maj Isabelle Olsson
The jury’s in and Google’s head-mounted wearable will not be a hit with consumers in its current form. In a business setting however Glass is increasingly being used in numerous ways and will likely be a success in many industries and verticals. This is largely thanks largely to Maj Isabelle Olsson, the Swedish Lead Industrial Designer of Glass who has been instrumental in Glass’s form factor.
Some say that wearable devices will slowly fade out as clothing with smart sensors woven into them develops. If this is the case then Fournier, the CEO and co-founder of biometric clothing company, Hexoskin, is in an envious position to capitalize on this shift. The Hexoskin bluetooth vest tracks the body’s vital signs including heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing, VO2 max, stress, sleep and activity level. @pafournier
There’s little doubt that Intel is fully bought in to the wearable tech revolution given its acquisition of smartwatch company, Basis; its partnership with 50 Cent to sell heart rate monitoring headphones, and its Make It Wearable initiative which offers a $500,000 winning prize to companies in the wearable tech space. According to a Re/code post Intel CEO, Krzanich, felt the company missed out on the shift from personal computing to smartphones and by the looks of things Krzanich is not about to let that happen as consumers increasingly adopt wearables. @bkrunner
The modern-day renaissance of wearable technology is arguably due to the successful Kickstarter campaign of the Pebble smartwatch in April 2012. The original funding goal of $100,000 was smashed when a total of 69,000 individuals funded a total of $10.3m allowing the Pebble team and its founder, Eric Migicovsky, to ship 400,000 units. Because of this Migicovsky has sway on the wearable technology space. @ericmigi
There’s no denying that once the Apple Watch is launched in early 2015 it will pave the way – or at least some of the way – for the growing smartwatch market. Some predictions state the Apple Watch alone will sell 24 million units in 2015 and coupled with Apple’s track record of creating products people want Jony Ive is influencing the wearable technology space pre-launch and will increasingly more so post-launch.
If there’s one industry that continues to be disrupted by technology its fashion. From new ecommerce platforms to trendsetting style blogs, ‘fashtech’ continues to influence how the business of fashion is done. Wearable technology by its very nature is going to bring a new paradigm as sensors unobtrusively make their way into clothing and jewelry. Led by Unsworth is Kovert Designs and is one such company that is making smart jewelry for the fashion conscious. @kateuns
Jawbone UP, the preferred activity tracker of celebrities, has permeated its way in to society thanks in part to its slick design, data capturing technology and Apple store partnership. Jawbone’s 2013 acquisition of BodyMedia, another maker of wearable devices, for $100m shows that there’s more innovation to come from the company. Jawbone has had its issues but with Rahman at the helm the company will continue to be a force in the activity tracker market for the forseeable future. @hosain
With inventions dating back to the early 1990s, Mann is one of the early pioneers of modern-day wearable tech and is often referred to as the ‘father of wearable computing’. To this day Mann continues to influence wearable technology in the fields of research, governance and innovation. @hydraulist
Another earlier pioneer of wearable technology, Darmour runs electricfoxy, a wearable technology design studio exploring what makes technology wearable and has been sharing her thoughts on where wearable tech is heading since 2008. @electricfoxy
James Park and Eric Friedman
Close your eyes and think of an activity tracker. Chances are the first thing that comes to mind is a Fitbit which is not surprising since as of May 2014 Fitbit owned 50% of the world’s wearable market which is a great achievement regardless of the maturity of the market. Park and Friedman founded Fitbit in 2007 and have since gone on to be the pre-eminent people in bringing wearables to the masses. @parkjames
The color-blind artist was officially recognised as a cyborg in 2004 according to his Wikipedia page and was the first person in the world to have an antenna implanted in his skull. Harbisson bridges the gap between modern day wearables and their eventual transition to the next evolution of wearable tech, embeddables. @neilharbisson
Kevin C. Tofel
Tofel is one of the most influential reporters covering wearable devices and is increasingly considered as a subject matter expert on all things wearable tech. His writing on wearables (and mobile actually) for Gigaom shows depth and breadth of the topic and will no doubt continue in 2015. @kevinctofel
Stern is probably the world’s foremost expert in do-it-yourself wearable technology according to gadget blog, Engadget. The artist and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. As the market develops in 2015 Stern will be a prominent proponent in building innovative wearable products. @bekathwia
When high-end fashion label, Ralph Lauren, launched the Polo Tech Shirt in August 2014 it was covered far and wide from fashion magazines to technology blogs. What wasn’t so widely covered, however, is that the underlying technology that powers the shirt is made my ‘biometric smartware’ company OMsignal. A pioneering effort from both parties and co-founder and CEO of OMsignal, Marceau, deserves credit for it. @stephanemarceau
Nancy Tilbury and Ben Males
Studio XO is the the London based wearable tech company founded in 2011 by Tillbury and Males who have created interactive clothes for the Black Eyed Peas, Azealia Banks and Lady Gaga. The self-described ‘fashion laboratory’ is at the cutting edge of merging the digital with the physical for art and fashion. Nancy_XO @benjamin_xo
Who makes it on your list of wearable movers and shakers?