In the digital world we now find ourselves in, the latest trends are quickly becoming social standards. Technologies like IoT and wearables that until recently only existed in science fiction are becoming everyday items. Soon, wearable devices with built in technology will become the new norm and older, auxiliary devices will fall by the wayside.

As part of our effort to help you stay up to date on the latest software and technologies, we have put together a list of 6 wearable devices you should know about. Each of these devices shows a different and exciting capability of wearable devices that will only improve over time. Without further ado, let’s take a look.

1.  Apple Watch

First, let’s start with a pretty obvious one: The Apple watch. According to Statista, smart watch sales account for 52% of the global wearable devices market, with the Apple watch dominating that part of the industry. However, the Apple watch is not only the most popular wearable device on the market, it’s also one of the best available to consumers.

For developers, the Apple watch is the perfect mix of IoT and wearable devices, as it has more capabilities than simply being a fitness tracker. With a built in GPS and 4G connectivity, Apple has set the standard for other wearable devices and opened up a new market for new wearable software and technology to flourish. If you are planning on developing a wearable app, be sure to develop with the Apple watch in mind.

2. Fitbit Alta HR

Another household name in the wearable technology world is Fitbit, and with their latest product the Alta HR, it’s clear why. Unlike other fitness trackers currently on the market, the Alta HR is centered on when you are resting vs. exercising. Using the latest in sleep-tracking technology, the HR is one of many offerings from Fitbit that show why they are some of the best when it comes to wearable devices.

Since sleep is such a huge part of staying healthy, it’s obvious that Fitbit is committed to the overall health of their customers and not just when they are working out. Developers should take note of this unique use of wearable technology, as these kind of innovations are what will continue to push the wearable device industry forward.

3. Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

The next wearable device on our list is unique in that it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is one of the best activity trackers on the market due to the fact that it doesn’t try to be a smart watch. With a slick, slender design, the Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with a heart-rate monitor, a pedometer, an exercise tracker, and stopwatch. Not only that, but with the added benefit of water resistance, this piece of wearable technology gets the job done.

Samsung’s approach to wearable devices is another lesson for developers: find your niche. While there are products out there like the Apple watch that try to do everything, many products are successful by simply doing one thing very well. Whether this is sleep tracking, exercise monitoring, or something else, finding a marketable niche is a successful strategy for many wearable developers.

4. Under Armor Gemini 3 RE smart shoes

Speaking of niche products, Under Armor has thrown their hat into the wearable devices market with their new smart shoes. While the Gemini 3 RE smart shoes don’t look much different from normal running shoes, they actually house both a fitness tracker and Bluetooth connectivity.

As more companies begin to try their hand at wearable technology, products like the Gemini 3 will soon become more common. By finding a niche and then making the technology essentially invisible, Under Armor is proving that with the right design, wearable devices can be both useful and stylish.

5. Myontec Mbody connected shorts

In the same vein as Under Armor, the Myontec Mbody connected shorts take wearable devices to a new level of integration. These connected shorts can track just about everything that a normal fitness tracker can, with the added benefit of being extremely comfy and designed for exercise.

By pairing with the Mbody Live app on both iOS and Android devices, these shorts are a good example of using both new and old technologies to create something revolutionary. As more people begin to make wearable items that are both comfortable and helpful, who knows what will come next?

6. Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch

Going in a much different direction, the Skagen Hybrid smartwatch aims for a more luxurious angle in the wearable devices market. Although it doesn’t look like most smart watches, the Skagen Hybrid can track with the best of them. Similar to the Mbody shorts, this smart watch connects with both iOS and Android devices for monitoring your progress.

With the popularity of this watch, wearable designers should take note that people want don’t always want to look like they are headed to the gym. The Skagen Hybrid offers a classy alternative and we hope that the industry takes notice.

Developing software for wearable devices

As you can see, wearable devices come in all shapes, sizes, and functions. In the same way, when you are developing an idea for a wearable device, you should consider each of the different ways you can stand out from the competition.

For instance, you can take a one-size-fits-all approach like the Apple watch, or a more niche approach like the Mbody shorts. You can be sleek and adaptable like the Fitbit, or classy and luxurious like the Skagen. Each of these different devices shows the multitude of options available to developers as they work on creating their ideas.

However, the most important thing to remember is that the end-users come first. You can design a brilliant piece of wearable technology, but if it doesn’t solve a problem or fulfill a need, it will ultimately just be another gadget. By developing for the end user, both in terms of the device and technology within it, you will be able be successful.