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Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies

Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies

The U.S. market for assistive technologies is projected to grow from $40.6 billion (including eyeglasses and contact lenses) in 2014 to $43.1 billion in 2015 and $58.3 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% between 2015 and 2020.

This report provides:

An overview of the markets for disabled and elderly assistive technologies, which encompasses a broad range of devices, from "low-tech" products such as eyeglasses and large-print books to technologically sophisticated products such as voice synthesizers, Braille readers, and wireless monitoring devices.

Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.

Discussion concerning the markets dynamics, specifically drivers, constraints and opportunities.

Examination of the industry structure, competition, and market shares.

Analysis of major product types and applications, both commercial and developmental.

Comprehensive company profiles of major players.


STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The goal of the report is to examine market opportunities for assistive technology products that are now on the market or that are likely to enter the market over the rest of the decade. Specific objectives of the report include analyzing the following:

Major product types and applications, both commercial and developmental.

Market size and segmentation, including historical data on sales by application and product type.

Market drivers and constraints.

Detailed market projections through 2020.

Industry structure, competition and market shares.

Factors that may influence the long-term market for assistive technologies.

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS
STUDY BACKGROUND
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
INTENDED AUDIENCE
SCOPE AND FORMAT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER
CHAPTER 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
SUMMARY TABLE U.S. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
SUMMARY FIGURE U.S. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY MARKET, 2014-2020 ($ MILLIONS)
CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
DEFINITIONS
Assistive Technologies
Disabilities Compared to Diseases
Assistive Technologies Compared to Pharmaceuticals
Assistive Technologies Compared to Prosthetics and Orthotics
Assistive Technologies versus Cosmetic Products
HISTORY
TECHNOLOGIES
MATERIALS
Lightweight Materials
Smart Materials
ELECTRONICS
Speech Recognition and Vocal Output
Communication Technology
Mobile Location Technology
Sensor Technology
Artificial Intelligence
ENERGY SOURCES
MINIATURIZATION
APPLICATIONS AND CONDITIONS ADDRESSED
FIGURE 1 U.S. POPULATION WHOSE DAILY ACTIVITIES ARE LIMITED DUE TO HEALTH CONDITIONS BY AGE GROUP, 2012 (%)
TABLE 1 NUMBER OF DISABLED PEOPLE IN THE U.S., THROUGH 2020 (MILLIONS)
FIGURE 2 NUMBER OF DISABLED PEOPLE IN THE U.S., 2014-2020 (MILLIONS)
SENSORY LOSS
Hearing Loss
TABLE 2 REPORTED INCIDENCE OF HEARING PROBLEMS AMONG U.S. ADULTS, BY SEX/AGE GROUP, 2012 (%)
Vision Loss
TABLE 3 REPORTED INCIDENCE OF BLINDNESS AND VISION IMPAIRMENT IN THE U.S. BY SEX/AGE GROUP, 2012 (%)
COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
Speech Impairments
Writing Difficulties
LOSS OF MOBILITY AND DEXTERITY
TABLE 4 REPORTED INCIDENCE OF IMPAIRED MOBILITY AND DEXTERITY IN THE U.S. BY SEX/AGE GROUP, 2012 (%)
Arthritis
TABLE 5 INCIDENCE OF DOCTOR-DIAGNOSED ARTHRITIS CASES AND CHRONIC JOINT SYMPTOMS IN THE U.S. BY AGE GROUP, 2012 (%)
Osteoporosis
Age-Related Loss of Strength/Balance/Coordination
Surgical Recovery and Rehabilitation
Arthroplasties
TABLE 6 NUMBER OF U.S. HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES, THROUGH 2020 (THOUSANDS)
Amputations
OBESITY
NEUROLOGICAL DYSFUNCTIONS
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
Age-Related Loss of Cognitive Functioning
FIGURE 3 PREVALENCE OF COGNITIVE/MENTAL IMPAIRMENT AMONG MEDICARE PARTICIPANTS, 2010 (%)
CHRONIC DISEASE
FIGURE 4 PREVALENCE OF SELECTED CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS AMONG MEDICARE PARTICIPANTS, 2010 (%)
INCONTINENCE AND LOSS OF BLADDER/BOWEL FUNCTIONING
TABLE 7 POPULATION WITH OSTOMIES, BY AGE GROUP (%)
PRODUCT TYPES
MOBILITY AIDS
Ambulatory Aids
TABLE 8 AMBULATORY AID MANUFACTURERS
Wheelchairs, Scooters and Accessories
Wheelchairs
TABLE 9 WHEELCHAIR MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
Scooters
TABLE 10 SCOOTER MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
Motor Vehicle Conversions
TABLE 11 MOTOR VEHICLE DISABLED ACCESS CONVERSION KIT
MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S.
Navigation Aids
Ultrasound (Sonar) Systems
Laser Systems
Combined Laser/Ultrasound Systems
GPS Systems
TABLE 12 NAVIGATION AIDS MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
ACCESS AIDS
Home Elevators
Wheelchair Lifts
Stair Climbers
Accessible Baths and Showers
Special Commodes
Bath and Pool Lifts
Transfer Lifts
Door Openers
TABLE 13 ACCESS AID MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
BEDS, SEATING SYSTEMS AND ERGONOMIC AIDS
Beds
Seating and Positioning Systems
Ergonomic Aids
TABLE 14 DISABLED BED, SEATING AND ERGONOMIC AIDS
MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
DAILY LIVING AIDS
Toileting Aids and Incontinence Products
Commode/Shower Chairs
Incontinence Products
Ostomy Products
Other Daily Living Aids
TABLE 15 DAILY LIVING AIDS MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
COMMUNICATION AIDS
Speech Aids
Writing and Typing Aids
TABLE 16 SPEECH AND WRITING AID MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S.
Hearing Aids
Analog Compared to Digital Hearing Aids
Behind-the-Ear Compared to In-the-Ear Designs
Eyeglass Hearing Aids
Other Features
TABLE 17 HEARING AID MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
Telephony Accessories
Text Telephones
Amplified Telephones
COMPUTER ACCESS AIDS
Input Devices
Speech Recognition
Special Keyboards
Touch Screens
Mouse Alternatives
Output Devices
Screen Magnifiers/Readers
Refreshable Braille Displays
Accessibility Software
TABLE 18 COMPUTER AID MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
VISION AND READING AIDS
Reading Machines
Braille Translators
Video Magnifiers
Accessible Books and Reader/Players
DAISY Books
Accessible Consumer Electronic Equipment
Telephones
Cellphones
Kitchen Appliances
Personal Digital Assistants
TABLE 19 READING AND VISION AID MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
ENVIRONMENTAL AIDS
TABLE 20 ENVIRONMENTAL AID MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
MEDICAL AND PERSONAL MONITORING AIDS
Activity/Emergency Location Monitors
Remote Medical Monitors
Mobile Phone-Based Systems
Bluetooth
ZigBee
Signal Transmission via Human Skin
Pervasive Monitoring
TABLE 21 MEDICAL/PERSONAL MONITORING AID MANUFACTURERS BY LOCATION
PATENT ANALYSIS
FIGURE 5 U.S. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PATENTS ISSUED BY TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY, SINCE 1976 (%)
REGULATORY, LEGISLATIVE AND INSURANCE ISSUES
UNITED STATES
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Other Related Legislation
Safety and Quality Regulations
Medicare and Private Health Insurance Reimbursement Issues
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
JAPAN
CHAPTER 4 U.S. MARKET FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
SUMMARY
TABLE 22 U.S. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 6 U.S. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY MARKET, 2014-2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 7 U.S. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES MARKET SHARE BY SEGMENT, 2014 AND 2020 (%)
DETAILED MARKET PROJECTIONS
MOBILITY AIDS
TABLE 23 U.S. MOBILITY AIDS MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 8 U.S. MOBILITY AIDS MARKET SHARE BY SEGMENT, 2014 AND 2020 (%)
Ambulatory Aids
Historical Sales
FIGURE 9 U.S. AMBULATORY AIDS MARKET SHARE BY PRODUCT TYPE, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Ambulatory Aids Usage and Demographics
TABLE 24 PROJECTED U.S. POPULATION, 65 YEARS AND OLDER, THROUGH 2020 (THOUSANDS)
Projected Market
TABLE 25 U.S. AMBULATORY AIDS MARKET BY PRODUCT TYPE, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Wheelchairs and Scooters
Historical Sales
FIGURE 10 U.S. WHEELCHAIR AND SCOOTER MARKET BY PRODUCT TYPE, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Aging Population
FIGURE 11 U.S. WHEELCHAIR/SCOOTER MARKET BY AGE GROUP, 2014 (%)
TABLE 26 WHEELCHAIR USE BY AGE GROUP, 2014 (%)
Aging Baby Boomers
Incidence of Conditions Associated with Wheelchair/Scooter Use
among Younger People
FIGURE 12 PERCENTAGE OF USERS WITH LEADING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH WHEELCHAIR/SCOOTER USE, 2003 (%)
TABLE 27 U.S. POPULATION UNDER 65 YEARS OLD, THROUGH 2020 (THOUSANDS)
Increasing Incidence of Severe Obesity
TABLE 28 NUMBER OF SEVERELY OBESE AMERICANS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLIONS/%)
Medicare Policies on Reimbursement for Powered Wheelchairs
Projected Market
TABLE 29 U.S. WHEELCHAIRS AND SCOOTERS MARKET BY AGE GROUP OF USERS AND PRODUCT TYPE, THROUGH 2020* ($ MILLIONS)
Vehicle Conversions
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Demographic Trends in Target Market
TABLE 30 PROJECTED NUMBER OF U.S. WHEELCHAIR USERS AGED 18 TO 64 YEARS, THROUGH 2020 (NUMBER)
Financial Incentives
Projected Sales
TABLE 31 U.S. VEHICLE CONVERSIONS FOR THE DISABLED MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Navigation Aids
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Potential Market Size
Market Penetration
Projected Sales
TABLE 32 U.S. ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION AIDS MARKET FOR THE BLIND, THROUGH 2020 (UNITS/$ MILLIONS)
ACCESS AIDS
TABLE 33 U.S. DISABILITY ACCESS AIDS MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 13 U.S. DISABILITY ACCESS AIDS MARKET SHARE BY SEGMENT, 2014 AND 2020 (%)
Home Elevators
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Sales
TABLE 34 U.S. RESIDENTIAL ELEVATORS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Stair Lifts
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Baby Boom Home Renovation Spending
FIGURE 14 BABY BOOMER SPENDING ON HOME RENOVATION PROJECTS, 2014-2020 ($ BILLIONS)
Projected Sales
TABLE 35 U.S. STAIR LIFTS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Wheelchair Lifts
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Sales
TABLE 36 U.S. WHEELCHAIR LIFTS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Accessible Bathtubs and Showers
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Sales
TABLE 37 U.S. ACCESSIBLE BATHTUBS AND SHOWERS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Bath and Pool Lifts
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 38 U.S. BATH AND POOL LIFTS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Transfer Lifts
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 39 U.S. TRANSFER LIFTS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Door Openers
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 40 U.S. DOOR OPENERS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
BEDS, SEATING SYSTEMS AND ERGONOMIC AIDS
TABLE 41 U.S. DISABLED BEDS, SEATING SYSTEMS AND OTHER ERGONOMIC AIDS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 15 U.S. DISABLED BED, SEATING AND OTHER ERGONOMIC AIDS FOR THE DISABLED MARKET SHARE, 2014 AND 2020 (%)
Special Beds and Chairs for the Disabled
Historical Sales
FIGURE 16 U.S. BEDS AND SEATING FOR THE DISABLED MARKET SHARE, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 42 U.S. HOME CARE MEDICAL BEDS AND SEATING SYSTEMS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Other Ergonomic Aids
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 43 U.S. MARKET OF OTHER ERGONOMIC AIDS, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
DAILY LIVING AIDS
TABLE 44 U.S. DAILY LIVING AIDS MARKET BY PRODUCT TYPE, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 17 U.S. DISABILITY AIDS MARKET BY PRODUCT TYPE, 2014 AND 2020 (%)
Incontinence and Ostomy Products
Historical Sales
FIGURE 18 U.S. INCONTINENCE AND OSTOMY PRODUCTS MARKET, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Demographic Trends
TABLE 45 U.S. FEMALE POPULATION, THROUGH 2020 (THOUSANDS)
Attitudes Toward Incontinence and Loss of Bladder/Bowel
Functioning
TABLE 46 IMPACT OF GROWING PUBLIC AWARENESS ON MARKET FOR INCONTINENCE/OSTOMY PRODUCTS, 2001-2014 (%)
Projected Sales
TABLE 47 U.S. INCONTINENCE AND OSTOMY PRODUCTS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Commode and Shower Chairs
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 48 PROJECTED U.S. SALES OF COMMODE AND SHOWER CHAIRS, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Other Daily Living Aids
Historical Sales
FIGURE 19 U.S. OTHER DAILY LIVING AIDS MARKET, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 49 PROJECTED U.S. SALES OF OTHER DAILY LIVING AIDS, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
COMMUNICATION AIDS
TABLE 50 U.S. COMMUNICATION AIDS MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Hearing and Listening Aids
Historical Sales
FIGURE 20 U.S. DIGITAL VERSUS ANALOG HEARING AIDS MARKET, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Macroeconomic Conditions
FIGURE 21 TRENDS IN U.S. HEARING AIDS GDP VERSUS
MARKET, 2003-2014 (%)
Low Market Penetration
Measures to Increase Affordability of Hearing Aids
Changing Buyer Attitudes
Projected Market
TABLE 51 U.S. HEARING AIDS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Speech and Writing Aids
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Technology
Projected Market
TABLE 52 U.S. SPEECH AIDS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
COMPUTER ACCESS AIDS
Historical Sales
FIGURE 22 U.S. COMPUTER ACCESS AIDS MARKET, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Low Use of Computer Accessibility Aids Among the Disabled
Potential Benefits of Computer Accessibility Technology to Many
Nondisabled Users
Increasing Number of Nondisabled Computer Users Likely to Benefit
from Accessibility Technologies
Projected Market
TABLE 53 U.S. COMPUTER ACCESS AIDS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
VISION AND READING AIDS
TABLE 54 U.S. VISION AND READING AIDS MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Eyeglasses and Contacts
Historical Sales
FIGURE 23 U.S. EYEGLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES MARKET BY SEGMENT, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 55 U.S. EYEWEAR MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Reading Machines
Historical Sales
FIGURE 24 U.S. READING MACHINE MARKET BY SEGMENT, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 56 U.S. READING MACHINES MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Accessible Books
FIGURE 25 U.S. ACCESSIBLE BOOKS MARKET BY TYPE, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 57 U.S. ACCESSIBLE BOOK MARKET BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
ENVIRONMENTAL AIDS
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 58 U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL AIDS MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
MEDICAL/PERSONAL MONITORING AIDS
TABLE 59 U.S. MEDICAL/PERSONAL MONITORING AIDS MARKET BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 26 U.S. MEDICAL/PERSONAL MONITORING AIDS MARKET BY TYPE, 2014 AND 2020 (%)
Activity/Emergency Location Monitors
Historical Sales
FIGURE 27 U.S. ACTIVITY/EMERGENCY LOCATION MONITOR MARKET BY SEGMENT, 2014 (%)
Market Drivers
Projected Market
TABLE 60 U.S. PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE DEVICES MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Remote Medical Monitors
Historical Sales
Market Drivers
Low Market Penetration
Rising Cost of Home Care Providers
Increasing Expenditures on Home Medical Care
Projected Market
TABLE 61 U.S. REMOTE MONITORING DEVICES MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
CHAPTER 5 GLOBAL MARKETS
TABLE 62 GLOBAL ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 28 GLOBAL ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2014 AND 2020 (%)
CHAPTER 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND COMPETITION
NUMBER AND SIZE OF FIRMS
MARKET SHARES
MOBILITY AIDS
FIGURE 29 U.S. MOBILITY AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
ACCESS AIDS
FIGURE 30 U.S. ACCESS AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
BEDS, SEATING SYSTEMS AND ERGONOMIC AIDS
FIGURE 31 U.S. BEDS, SEATING SYSTEMS AND ERGONOMETRIC AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
DAILY LIVING AIDS
FIGURE 32 U.S. DAILY LIVING AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
COMMUNICATION AIDS
FIGURE 33 U.S. COMMUNICATION AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
COMPUTER ACCESS AIDS
FIGURE 34 U.S. COMPUTER ACCESS AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
VISION AND READING AIDS
FIGURE 35 U.S. VISION AND READING AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
ENVIRONMENTAL AIDS
MEDICAL/PERSONAL MONITORING AIDS
FIGURE 36 U.S. MEDICAL/PERSONAL MONITORING AIDS MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014 (%)
CHAPTER 7 COMPANY PROFILES
BAY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
BLUE CHIP MEDICAL PRODUCTS
BRUNO INDEPENDENT LIVING AIDS INC.
COBOLT SYSTEMS LTD.
CONVATEC
CYBERNET MEDICAL CORP.
DOLPHIN COMPUTER ACCESS LTD.
DUXBURY SYSTEMS INC.
DYNAVOX TECHNOLOGIES
EXACT DYNAMICS B.V.
FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC INC.
GW MICRO INC.
HONEYWELL LIFE CARE SOLUTIONS
HUMANWARE
INCLINATOR COMPANY OF AMERICA
INVACARE CORP.
KROWN MANUFACTURING
LIFTAVATOR INC.
MEDLINE INDUSTRIES INC.
OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE GMBH
PHILIPS LIFELINE SYSTEMS INC.
PRIDE MOBILITY PRODUCTS CORP.
RICON CORP.
SAVARIA CORP.
SCOTTCARE CORP.
SIEMENS HEARING INSTRUMENTS INC.
SUNRISE MEDICAL LLC
SVENSKA CELLULOSA AKTIEBOLAGET SCA
TERRY GROUP LTD.
THYSSENKRUPP ACCESS
TWIG
WHIRLPOOL CORP.

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