Subscribe Wearables, Usables & Expendables

ABI Research finds that wearables are moving off of the wrist: smart glasses and smart clothing are expected to be the next big things in wearables. These devices show a variety of consumer and enterprise applications, from entertainment to productivity and health applications. Beyond wearables, there are a variety of ‘usables’ emerging, such as Bluetooth-connected devices in the home. These devices solve pain points and can be more portable or personal than typical smart home devices. ‘Expendables’ promise to solve high-value problems where measurement or monitoring can provide value, as cost points and battery life achieve economic needs.


Wearable Device Market Share and Forecasts

4Q 2016 | MD-WADT-110 | Updated Quarterly

This Market Data provides critical data on global shipments, revenues, and forecasts of key wearable device segments by sub-region until 2021. Key segments covered in this product are: wearable cameras, smart glasses, VR, smartwatches, healthcare devices, sports, fitness and wellness trackers, 3D motion trackers, smart clothing, hearables, and wearable scanners. Historical data for smartwatches and activity and fitness trackers are further broken out by quarter. Enterprise wearable device shipment information is also covered, and is broken out by vertical.

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Smartwatches Survey Results

1Q 2014 | MD-SWSR-101 | Updated Annually

Smartwatches are the most hyped sector in the mobile device market. This survey looks at the features consumers are looking for in a smartwatch and what price points they are willing to pay for one. Data cuts are also provided for those who currently wear a watch versus those who don't and by the price points of those existing watches.

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Google and Levi’s Partner to Create Connected Smart Jacket

1Q 2017 | IN-4488

Google first announced its partnership with Levi’s and their Commuter Trucker jacket at the Google I/O developer conference in May 2016. The product idea originated from the collaboration between Levi’s and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, and was originally slated to be released in spring 2017. At SXSW 2017, Google announced that the Levi’s Commuter Trucker jacket release would be delayed until this fall, when it is expected to retail for around US$350. Whereas other smart clothing options on the market and other wearable devices are typically focused on the hardware aspect of a device, the team behind the Commuter Trucker jacket was focused on embedding connectivity into the actual conductive fabric of the jacket so that fashion is the focus. Although wearable technology is often slightly bulky and visible, these components are designed to be as discrete as possible. This product, while impressive in its design and delivery, will initially do little to bring smart clothing wearables to a wider market, but the end goal of the project is to eventually create an entire ecosystem of connected clothing

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The Emerging Role of Wearables in Corporate Wellness Programs

Global healthcare spending is at record levels, driven by the cost of an aging population and the associated long-term care for chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Employers are facing these healthcare burdens, as well. Unwell employees cost companies more through increased health insurance plan costs. On average, they also experience more absenteeism than their peers and are generally less productive. This challenge is pushing employers, and the healthcare industry as a whole, to develop new products and solutions that can improve the health of individuals worldwide.

Over the past several years, employers have begun integrating wearable wireless devices into their wellness programs. These devices brought a new level of activity management and analysis to corporate wellness programs. They also increased employee participation rates and drove preventative programs for those covered by these programs.

This webinar will include an examination of the key drivers pushing wearable devices into corporate wellness programs, as well as what will drive success and competition in this market over the next five years. It will also include an overview of the major market players, including device manufacturers, insurance companies, and wellness providers, as well as how their efforts will converge to drive employee adoption and engagement into these programs. Additionally, the webinar will include a discussion on what these trends reveal about the evolution of the wearable device market.