2018 BIG IDEAS

Welcome

“New technologies are enabling wearables in ways that we never had before.”

Robin Raskin
Wearables as a Fashion Statement

“We’re finally past the honeymoon stage in wearables. We have a better handle on the future as it really stands and not as, four years ago, it was going to be.”

Wearables as a Fashion Statement

“There’s been a big gap in the market, brands have not specially designed electronic products for a female market.”

Wearables as a Fashion Statement

“We’re finally past the honeymoon stage in wearables. We have a better handle on the future as it really stands and not as, four years ago, it was going to be.”

Wearables as a Fashion Statement

“In the future, we’re going to see pieces of clothing that aren’t tech products or fashion products but really incorporate the two.”

Functional Wearables

“The first functional wearable was clothing, then we got glasses. Fast forward and you’ve got watches, hearing aids, and all the junk we’re sorting through now.”

Functional Wearables

“I would much rather ship one product all around the world that works everywhere. That means we’re constantly looking at different skills, different products, and making sure to leverage the latest chipsets to combine as many as possible."

Michael Hurnaus
Functional Wearables

“By 2022, over forty percent of the wearables market will be smart wearables.”

Functional Wearables

“We’re focused on how do we make people’s lives simpler and easier, and how do we give all these intimate objects that we care about a voice that we’re able to bounce back.”

Functional Wearables

“I think we’re riding the wave of sports tech revolution right now, but there’s a tsunami coming. There are going to be wearables that are helping quarterbacks throw the ball properly, swing a bat properly...you name it.”

Functional Wearables

“Everyone in the wearables space should be thinking of the business not as a hardware, but also as a software company. That has an impact on people’s lives but also it can generate data."

David Cannington
Wearable Safeguards

“The hardware business, the service business, the data business—wearable devices are operating in all of them simultaneously.”

Wearable Safeguards

“Phones became smartphones in just ten years. Shoes will become smart shoes for many reasons.”

Wearable Safeguards

“There are going to be a lot of advancements in artificial intelligence in the next few years, and we’re hoping to predict when an emergency situation is forming and how to help you get out of it before it escalates.”

Rajia Abdelaziz
Wearable Safeguards

“The focus of the wearables market now is how to make tech that’s smaller, more efficient, and truly easy to wear.”

Vincent R. Ramoutar
The Wearable Assistant

“We’ve reached a critical inflection point. We’re moving from designing novelty objects for tech enthusiasts like ourselves and early adopters to developing products and ecosystems with integrated, meaningful services that are able to actually tackle real problems.”

The Wearable Assistant

“It’s about how we integrate technology more seamlessly into our lives and overcome the anxieties and addictive behaviors related to them so we can have a more cohesive relationship.”

The Wearable Assistant

“We need to help people to reach their full potential as they interact with the environment by bringing the environment to them, immersing them in a virtual environment.”

Dr. Yonatan Wexler
The Wearable Assistant

“Companies in the US spend hundreds of billions a year on their employee healthcare costs, and they’re losing billions more in productivity. Wearables, in partnership with the healthcare system, can change that.”

2018 Top Five Wearable Trends

“Just around the corner are wearables that are so intuitive that they learn over time and give actionable insights and feedback. They’ll be dealing with materials we don’t even have names for right now.”

2018 Top Five Wearable Trends

"The next generation of wearables, textiles and new materials, is in the very early stages. Now is not the time to compete, but collaborate.”

Dr. Ichiro Amimori
2018 Top Five Wearable Trends

“Just around the corner are wearables that are so intuitive that they learn over time and give actionable insights and feedback. They’ll be dealing with materials we don’t even have names for right now.”

2018 Top Five Wearable Trends

“We decided Google wouldn’t make clothing. Instead, we wanted to create the platform, a set of components, both software and hardware, which can empower brands and designers to integrate digital functions into their garments.”

Textiles of the Future

“The fashion industry has been allergic to what’s going on with tech and wearables. We need to show them that we can make innovative products with massively new materials that are still elegant and aesthetically-minded.”

The Community of Wearables

“Not only are we measuring things for ourselves—our steps, our heart rate—but we’re going to start to see the aggregation of data, and that’s where it moves from the qualitative self to the quantitative health crowd-sourcing of information.”

The Community of Wearables

"One fallacy is that you can have a bunch of crappy data and somehow the magical AI will fix it up. That’s not the case, you need to understand the accuracy you need for the use case and know how to discount bad data from your model."