Wearables and the IoT – Technology or Tool? (Part One)

by Ryan Martin | 1Q 2016 | IN-3995

Despite Google's push to expand Android Wear/iOS support, the limited list of Android Wear/iOS-compatible devices, as well as their functional shortcomings (relative to staying in-ecosystem), in many ways constrains the menu of available use cases to the crutch of wearables’ smartphone parent. The dominance of wrist-borne devices in consumer segments – where fitness trackers and smart watches alone accounted for 80% of the 135m units shipped globally in 2015 (MD-WADT-107) – only serves to obfuscate the issue; it’s about interoperability, not form factor.

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