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.

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Wearable Data Analytics and Business Models

Data analytics is becoming more prevalent within the IoT, providing companies with actionable information based on the data that devices and sensors collect. Companies are increasingly turning to wearable devices to aid employees with their work, providing them with information and collecting data about the user. Wearable data analytics is enabling companies to gain insight into worker processes, patient vitals, and customer habits, allowing informative decisions to be made. This analyzed data is more advantageous than the raw data, which can often be overwhelming and uninformative.


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Telcos Will be Key Players in Industrial 4.0

1Q 2018

ABI Research recommends that telcos take a hard look at smart manufacturing as a potential vertical market for connectivity, especially since manufacturers are facing a technical dilemma in implementing smart manufacturing solutions. Private LTE networks offer security, low latency, and high bandwidth, enabling manufacturers to adopt various applications, such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and remote robotics, in their plants to facilitate manufacturing processes.

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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.