1. DrumPants. Our first story in January about sensor pads that fit inside your clothes and trigger drum sounds was a big hit. Another story about DrumPants — their failure to get funding on the TV show Shark Tank — showed up as #11.
2. Project Florida, a secretive healthcare-related wearables startup in New York, attracted the next most traffic. We’re continuing to keep after this story, but there’s not much there yet, it seems. Interestingly, traffic on this story was pretty steady throughout the year.
3. Back in May, we triangulated some market research data to try to figure out the revenues of privately held companies in the wearables band industry. It was strictly back-of-the-envelope kind of stuff and is hopelessly outdated by now, but it’s been a steady traffic winner all year long.
4. When you listen carefully at conferences, you can learn stuff. In November, at IDTechEx, Clothing+ Plus CEO Akseli Reho mentioned that his company was providing fabric to Victoria’s Secret for a sensor sports bra. This, apparently, was news, and perfectly timed to the Christmas buying season. That article also drove traffic to a dumb story in January about a Japanese project to build a bra that opens when it senses attraction. (The Microsoft tweeting bra was a 2013 story, and not eligible for this story. But it, too, got spillover traffic.)
5. In March, we looked at what Google did with RSS and warned that the company has a history of killing projects that other companies build businesses around. We expressed doubts about Google Glass and Android Wear, and we stick by that analysis.