Here are the 6 most innovative Wearable Technologies companies of 2017

The Innovation World Cup announces the 2017 winners at the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference EUROPE 2016 in Munich.

The Innovation Wildfire was once again the highlight of the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference in Munich. 29 finalists from around the world took to the stage to pitch their groundbreaking solutions to a live audience of industry experts, wearable technology enthusiasts and supporters. Selected from a submission pool of over 400 entries, each and every finalist showed the audience exactly why they were chosen with excellent pitches across six different categories: Sports & Fitness, Healthcare & Wellness, Safety & Security, Gaming & Lifestyle, as well as the two special prizes Smart Clothing and Smart Jewelry.

The 28 finalists of the 2017 WT | Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup are (in alphabetical order):

Academy of Arts Berlin, Germany                  LifeSense Group, Netherlands

AUUG, Australia                                             Light Flex Sweden AB,Sweden

Bisou, Turkey                                                  Neofuturism, Germany

Blincam Inc, Japan                                          Neopenda, USA

Bonbouton, USA                                              NEXO Group SA, Switzerland

Cleanopy, Canada                                           QuietOn Ltd, Finland

clim8, France                                                   Seaver, France

EJOY, Italy                                                       Sleep.AI, Netherlands

First Bond, Denmark                                        Forciot Oy, Finland

Free-Linked GmbH, Germany                         Stylos, Sweden

Gait Up SA, Switzerland                                  UEST NV, Luxembourg

H2L, Japan                                                      Wanderwatch, Netherlands

IDIO Creative Works, Republic of Korea         Wotch, Germany

KOMODO Technologies Inc, Canada              Xsensio, Switzerland

SmartCap Technologies, Australia

Marco Veneri, Marketing Director, Low-Power RF BU at STMicroelectronics said, “Wearable technology is an important part of ST’s Smart Driving and Internet of Things strategy and as part of that we see and contribute to a broad range of extraordinarily innovative product developments. Chosen from hundreds of incredible submissions to the competition, the solutions shown here today – and especially the finalists — are just the tip of the iceberg and serve as outstanding examples of the vibrancy and vitality of the wearables industry. STMicroelectronics is honored to sponsor the Innovation World Cup Series and proud to contribute its technology to the development and success of participants.”

Here are the six winners of the WT | Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup 2017:

The winner in Sports & Fitness is PomocUp by Gait Up (Switzerland):

Pomocup is the first smart device conceived by and for ski tourers. The device is placed with a secure magnet on the ski and measures ski touring data (time of the tour, altitude, speed, glide, grip, leg symmetry). Your touring data is then transmitted in real-time to your smartphone. After your tour, performance can be analyzed in greater detail via the Skilog web interface.

The winner in Healthcare & Wellness is Carin by LifeSense Group (Netherlands):

Carin is developed with the purpose for helping everyday women manage bladder control issues. The line of hi-tech, absorbent, and beautiful underwear allows women to monitor urine loss throughout the day. Carin empowers women to take control of their bodies and health without sacrificing style and comfort.  makes the world’s most advanced wearable

The winner in Safety & Security is Light Flex Technology by Light Flex Sweden (Sweden):

Light Flex uses printed active light technology to combine safety with style – enhancing visibility and increasing safety without compromising on comfort, design or aesthetics. The patented Light Flex technology is extremely lightweight, thin, durable and washable. It can be integrated into soft or hard wearable, as well as printed in any shape or pattern.

The winner in Gaming & Lifestyle is UnlimitedHand by H2L (Japan):

UnlimitedHand is the world’s first video game controller that provides virtual haptic sensations. UnlimitedHand consists of both input technology and output technology. For input, it has 3D motion sensors to detect arm posture and an array of muscle motion sensors to detect finger movements. For output, it has vibration motor and 8 channel electric muscle stimulation (EMS) for haptic feedback. With EMS stimulations, fingers and wrists are moved automatically and as a consequence, kinesthetic feeling (part of haptic feeling) is generated.

The winner in Smart Jewelry is EJOY_emotion jewelry on you by EJOY (Italy):

Ejoy is a wearable device for fashionable women; it is a collection of technological bracelets beautifully designed and made in Italy with Murano glass and Carrara marble, able to connect your smartphone or smartwatch to the jewel that will act as a notifier.

The winner in Smart Clothing is Smart clothes powered by graphene sensor by Bonbouton (USA):

Bonbouton has created cutting-edge sensor technology that is embedded into wearable devices to improve health care seamlessly and intelligently. Proprietary graphene sensors passively monitor the skin’s physiological signals to predict injury, detect infection and monitor muscular activity.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners. Keep an eye out on our Hall of Fame and Success Stories to follow their success in the future!