Posted By Simon Montford on March 15, 2016
Today I attended day one of the Wearable Technology Show at ExCel, London. This is the third consecutive year I have been to the event, so it was interesting to see how the show has grown in stature over the past few years. Back in 2014, the show's debut took place at London Olympia, and was a far more modest affair. It was, however an exciting time, as back then the major players were conspicuously absent; it was almost exclusively attended by a passionate bunch of wearable tech pioneers, and a few plucky little startups. Since the arrival of major players such as Sony, Samsung et al the whole shebang has become a larger, more polished production.
Of course it was inevitable that the show's success would attract the attention of the big boys, but as I wandered through the expo centre today I did feel a pang of nostalgia when I cast my mind back to when the show first began. Well they say time waits for no man, and so it appears that progress within the wearables sector doesn't wait around either. Evidence of this was clear for all to see; the expo floor was bristling with new and exciting innovations aimed at both the consumer market and industry.
For those attending the show, I believe this is just the beginning. Don't forget that the wearable sector is still nascent, so the market has a very long way to go before it reaches maturity. This means that as the popularity of this show increases, competition among the exhibitors for the biggest and best stands will continue to heat up, so we can all look forward to being treated to even larger, and more impressive displays of innovation in 2017 and beyond.
In addition to the glitz and glamour of the large corporate stands from the likes of TomTom, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, Jaguar, and others, it was also great to see that the organisers haven't forgotten their roots. Quite a few of the high-growth startups that I remember seeing at the first show were exhibiting in force again this year. Furthermore they have continued to run the hardware hackathon as well as the startup pitch contest, which is now called "The Launchpad".
I'll bring you all the latest news from day two of the show tomorrow...
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