This year, intelligence is hot. The data analytics nerds of dating site OKCupid noticed a strong surge in users identifying themselves as ‘sapiosexual’ in 2015. The term means people who get turned on by clever humans, and according to Google Trends, South Africa is one of the strongest regions deploying the word (behind the Philippines and Nigeria). Deep geek and haute couture will hook up in the form of smartwatches we actually want to wear. We’ll see the rst wave priced in the stratospheric luxury range, like the Hermès Apple Watch collection, starting at US$1 100 (about R15 600) and Tag Heuer’s Connected watch at US$1 500 (about R21 000). Keep an eye out, too, for the Huawei Watch, Samsung GearS and S2 and LG Watch Urbane, with prices that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. The Fossil Q range and the Guess Connect Smart watch are also ones to watch this year.
We ll be sequencing our genes. From January, Discovery Health members can receive a full genetic map of their unique DNA. For a swab of saliva and a fee, genetic predispositions to certain diseases could be picked up, as well as information like what kind of exercise or nutrition might best work for you.