2016 has been a big year with a lot of changes. While this year has been rather tumultuous, it has also been a tremendous year for wearables. Going beyond the standard smartwatch, the wearable technology has transformed our lives which is evidenced by my list of the 16 Best Wearables of 2016.

– POMO Waffle GPS Smartwatch for Kids
– Babelt Baby Monitoring Bracelet
– +Winter Heated Insoles by +t
– LVL Wearable Hydration Monitor
– Alex – The Wearable Personal Posture Coach
– Gest Gesture Controlled Wearable
– AiraWear Smart Comfort Jacket
– SubPac M2 Wearable Bass System
– Phoenix Advanced Exoskeleton
– Tap Wearable Keyboard
– SOLSOL Hat with Solar Charger
– LEAF Fitness Tracker Jewelry by Bellabeat
– AirJamz Wearable Air Guitar
– Sharkbanz Shark Deterrent Wristband by Mano
– Remidi Wearable Instrument
– HTC Vive VR Headset

POMO Waffle GPS Smartwatch for Kids

GPS smartwatch for kids
Kids are pretty important. You can now keep tabs on yours without being a helicopter parent with the POMO Waffle GPS Smartwatch for Kids which comes in bright and exciting colors.
Price: $99

Babelt Baby Monitoring Bracelet

baby wellness tracker
Your baby is the most important thing in your life. Keep your baby safe and sound with the Babelt Baby Monitoring Bracelet. Attaching gently to your baby’s wrist, you’ll receive instant alerts if anything is awry.
Price: $99

+Winter Heated Insoles by +t

smart heated insoles
Wearables extend from our head down to your toasty toes with the +Winter Heated Insoles by +t. Sliding into your shoe, these smart insoles are app-controlled and warm you up instantly.
Price: $98

LVL Wearable Hydration Monitor

hydration tracking device
Water is the most important thing your body needs. The LVL Wearable Hydration Monitor is able to accurately determine how much you’ve consumed and when it’s time to drink some more.
Price: $149.99

Alex – The Wearable Personal Posture Coach

posture wearable
Learn to sit up straight the easy way with Alex, the Wearable Personal Posture Coach. Using the accompanying app to remind you, your body will be grateful throughout your 9 to 5.
Price: $49

Gest Gesture Controlled Wearable

gesture controlled wearable
The Gest Gesture Controlled Wearable welcomes you to the future. Worn around your hand, you can use this intelligent device to control anything from your smartphone or your computer.
Price: $179

AiraWear Smart Comfort Jacket

comfort massage jacket
In addition to offering posture support, the AiraWear Smart Comfort Jacket is outfitted with point pressure massagers and body compression to give your back a break.
Price: $159

SubPac M2 Wearable Bass System

wearable VR bass system
Feel the virtual world down to your core with the SubPac M2 Wearable Bass System. Inconspicuously worn, this vest deliveries realistic vibrations to simulate bass to bring the VR world to life.
Price: $349

Phoenix Advanced Exoskeleton

advanced exoskeleton
The Phoenix Advanced Exoskeleton is the most advanced in the world. Helping people with a range of mobility disabilities, it weighs just 12.25kg and can help people walk without restrictions.
Price: TBA

Tap Wearable Keyboard

wearable keyboard
Having a keyboard whenever and wherever you want may seem like a distant luxury but it’s now possible with the Tap Wearable Keyboard. Sitting on your fingers and hand, your memorization of the QWERTY layout will finally pay off.
Price: TBA

SOLSOL Hat with Solar Charger

solar charging hat
Top up your smartphone with the SOLSOL Hat with Solar Charges. Equipped with solar panels on the brim, this incredible hat sources its energy from the sun so you can charge up on the go.
Price: $49.99

LEAF Fitness Tracker Jewelry by Bellabeat

fitness tracking jewelry
Tracking your fitness and health need not be boring. The LEAF Fitness Tracker Jewelry by Bellabeat can be worn in a variety of ways to enhance your style and your health.
Price: $119.99

AirJamz Wearable Air Guitar

air guitar wearable
Rock out without limitation with the AirJamz Wearable Air Guitar. Making all of your childhood rock star dreams come true, the device picks up the movement and location of your hands to strike a chord.
Price: $39

Sharkbanz Shark Deterrent Wristband by Mano

shark dettering wristband
The Sharkbanz Shark Deterrent Wristband by Mano has gone where no wearable has gone before: the deep ocean amongst sharks. Worn on your wrist or ankle, it helps keep the sharks at bay (literally).
Price: $77.42

Remidi Wearable Instrument

wearable instrument
For the musically creative, the Remidi Wearable Instrument enables you to play and even record while you’re on the go. Coming in glove form, your music becomes an extension of your body and movements.
Price: $199

HTC Vive VR Headset

HTC virtual reality
The virtual world has never felt so real with the HTC Vive VR Headset. Coming with controllers, you can step into a whole new world with incredible sights, characters, and sounds.
Price: $799

I finish this roundup with so much excitement. If we’re capable of such advances in technology, all designed to help people, then we have a lot to live up to. But, I’ve got a feeling 2017 will hit us with some incredible gear and I cannot wait to see it.

What is your favorite wearable from 2016?