While simpler fitness-tracking devices continue to appear, wearables vendors focused in on providing fully featured smartwatches in 2017. Fitbit introduced the Ionic smartwatch, for instance, while vendors such as Apple (with the Apple Watch Series 3), Samsung and Garmin put a major emphasis on the smartwatch space this year. In a report on the wearables market, IDC senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani said that "the transition toward more intelligent and feature-filled wearables is in full swing." Basic fitness trackers, Ubrani said, "have acted as a gateway to smartwatches and now we're at a point where brands and consumers are graduating to a more sophisticated device."
What follows are the 10 wearable devices that most caught our attention during 2017.