Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TREND REPORT - By Max Kaizen, con­sul­tant on emerg­ing tech

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.

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