Market Research Logo

Connected Wearables – 2nd Edition


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

Connected Wearables – 2nd Edition

Connected Wearables is the second consecutive report from Berg Insight analysing the latest developments on the connected wearables market worldwide.

This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you with 160 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions.

This report will allow you to:

Understand the key enablers for growth in the connected wearables market.
Identify key players in the connected wearables ecosystem.
Benefit from detailed forecasts for eight different device categories lasting until 2020.
Learn about the markets for activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and medical devices.
Evaluate the business opportunities in new innovative device categories.
Predict future market and technology developments.

This report answers the following questions:

Which are the main device categories within connected wearables?
What are the main drivers on this market?
What are the general technology trends for connected wearables?
When will cellular connectivity be a common option in connected wearables?
Which connected wearables offer the best potential for embedded cellular connectivity?
Which are the leading wearables vendors?
How will the markets for smart watches and fitness trackers converge?
What new innovative wearables could become successes?


Executive summary

The wearable form factor enables hands-free operation and allows the user to multitask and get immediate access to information. It also enables continuous recording of useful data such as body metrics, location and environmental data. Berg Insight’s definition of a connected wearable is a device meant to be worn by the user and which incorporates data logging and some sort of wireless connectivity. Connected wearables have for long been widely used in professional markets. The high smartphone adoption, cloud services, miniaturised hardware, sensor technology and low power wireless connectivity have enabled connected wearables to emerge as a new promising consumer segment as well. The number of applications for wearable technology is vast and includes imaging, augmented reality, media playback, navigation, data displaying, authentication, gesture control, monitoring and communication. A plethora of device categories such as smartwatches, fitness & activity trackers, smart glasses, people monitoring devices, medical devices and wearable computers target various market segments including infotainment & lifestyle, fitness & wellness, people monitoring & safety, medical & healthcare, enterprise & industrial and government & military.

The market for connected wearables has entered a strong growth phase that will last for many years to come. Berg Insight estimates that shipments of connected wearables reached 72.5 million units in 2015. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25.8 percent to reach shipments of 228.3 million by 2020. Fitness & activity trackers is the largest product category and accounts for a majority of today’s shipments. Decreasing prices and new form factors will enable fitness & activity trackers to reach shipments of 71.0 million units in 2020. The smartwatch category has also started to reach significant volumes and is predicted to become the largest device category reaching shipments of 110.0 million devices in 2020, up from 19.5 million units in 2015. Limited availability, high prices and privacy concerns have so far resulted in that sales of smart glasses have been modest. Promising use cases in professional markets as well as in niche consumer segments will enable smart glasses to reach shipments of 11.0 million devices in 2020, up from only 0.1 million units in 2015.

Connected wearables such as cardiac rhythm management devices, ECG monitors and mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) are already common in the medical & healthcare and people monitoring & safety segments. Annual shipments of medical devices and people monitoring & safety devices are forecasted to grow to 11.0 million and 5.3 million respectively by the end of the forecast period. New product innovation is also anticipated in the next coming years that will result in successful products not known today and annual shipments of these are predicted to grow at a CAGR of 188.5 percent from 0.1 million units in 2015 to reach 20.0 million units in 2020.

Bluetooth will remain the primary connectivity option in consumer centric wearables throughout the forecast period and smartphones will act as the principal hub for remote connectivity. The number of active cellular network connections from wearables is projected to grow from 1.0 million in 2015 to reach 29.0 million connections in 2020. The growth is driven by increasing adoption of cellular in the smartwatch category and the high adoption in the people monitoring & safety segment in which cellular connectivity already is the main technology for many types of devices. The most common connectivity option for wearable medical devices will be low power NFC technologies and Bluetooth which enable remote connectivity via medical monitoring system hubs. BYOD will have an increasing impact on the connected medical device category, especially for patient-driven models of connected care.

Numerous merger & acquisition activities have taken place among wearables players in the past years. In August 2012, Google acquired the smartwatch vendor WIMM Labs. In April 2013, Jawbone acquired the wireless health tracking device vendor BodyMedia. Under Armour has in the past years acquired three mobile fitness services – MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and Endomondo. Intel acquired the wearable device vendor Basis Science in March 2014. In 2015, Intel has also acquired the smart glasses vendor Recon Instruments and invested an additional US$ 25 million in the smart glasses vendor Vuzix. In May 2015, Fitbit acquired FitStar, a developer of health and fitness training apps. In June 2015, the textile-integrated wearable sensor specialist Clothing Plus was acquired by Jabil Circuit. Later in August 2015, the popular fitness app and wearable device vendor Runtastic was acquired by Adidas for US$ 240 million. Fossil Group furthermore acquired the connected wearable device vendor Misfit in November 2015.

About the Author

Johan Svanberg
is a Senior Analyst with a Masters degree from Chalmers University of Technology. He joined Berg Insight in 2007 and his areas of expertise include several M2M/IoT verticals including connected wearables.

Berg Insight offers premier business intelligence to the telecom industry. We produce concise reports providing key facts and strategic insights about pivotal developments in our focus areas. Berg Insight also offers detailed market forecast databases and advisory services. Our vision is to be the most valuable source of intelligence for our customers.

Executive summary
1 Introduction to wearable technology
1.1 Introduction
1.1.1 Background
1.1.2 Definitions
1.2 Market segments
1.2.1 Infotainment & lifestyle
1.2.2 Fitness & wellness
1.2.3 People monitoring & safety
1.2.4 Medical & healthcare
1.2.5 Enterprise & industrial
1.2.6 Government & military
1.3 Technologies and platforms
1.3.1 Mobile operating systems and platforms
1.3.2 Battery and processor technologies
1.3.3 Wireless technologies
1.3.4 Sensors
1.3.5 Display technologies and user interface
2 Value chain and vendor landscape
2.1 Enabling technologies
2.1.1 Hardware component vendors
2.1.2 Mobile operating system vendors
2.2 Devices
2.2.1 Smartphone and consumer electronics manufacturers
2.2.2 Apparel and accessories companies
2.2.3 Specialist vendors
2.3 Connectivity services and IoT platforms
2.3.1 Wireless operators and managed service providers
2.3.2 IoT platform providers
2.4 Apps and content
2.4.1 Software application developers and content providers
3 Smartwatches
3.1 The smartwatch market
3.1.1 Market size and major vendors
3.1.2 Established smartphone vendors and watch brands enter the market
3.2 Smartwatches and wireless connectivity
3.2.1 Bluetooth is the most common connectivity option today
3.2.2 Major players pave the way for cellular connectivity in smartwatches
3.3 Company profiles and strategies
3.3.1 Samsung: Multi-platform and multi-device strategy
3.3.2 Pebble: From crowdfunding to mass market success
3.3.3 Sony: Smartwatch veteran gets new life from Android Wear
3.3.4 Apple: Enough scale to bet on its own platform
3.3.5 Shanghai Nutshell Electronic: Focus on China
3.3.6 LG Electronics: First to release a cellular Android Wear watch
4 Smart glasses
4.1 The smart glasses market
4.1.1 Limited availability and experiments with features and use cases
4.1.2 Imaging glasses, 3D viewing glasses and wearable VR/AR solutions
4.1.3 Growth opportunities in the professional market segments
4.2 Smart glasses and wireless connectivity
4.3 Company profiles and strategies
4.3.1 Recon Instruments: Focus on sports and an active lifestyle
4.3.2 Vuzix: Wearable display specialist turns to the enterprise segment
4.3.3 Epson: Aims at both professional and consumer segments
4.3.4 Google: Glass Explorer Program showcased a plethora of use cases
4.3.5 Kopin: Provides technology solutions to the smart glasses market
5 Connected fitness and activity trackers
5.1 The connected fitness and activity tracking market
5.1.1 Market size and major vendors
5.1.2 Fitness and activity tracking bands
5.1.3 Bluetooth connected sports watches
5.1.4 Other form factors
5.2 Fitness and activity trackers and wireless connectivity
5.3 Company profiles and strategies
5.3.1 Jawbone: Wearable pioneer now offers a family of activity trackers
5.3.2 Fitbit: Activity tracker market leader completes IPO
5.3.3 Microsoft: Ventures in AR glasses, activity band and cross platform service
5.3.4 Garmin: GPS sports watch giant grows with connected features
5.3.5 OMsignal: Clothing with embedded sensors
6 People monitoring and safety devices
6.1 Family locator and consumer oriented locator devices
6.1.1 Child locator devices
6.1.2 Wearable locator devices for adults
6.2 Lone worker protection and offender monitoring devices
6.2.1 Lone worker protection devices
6.2.2 Offender monitoring devices
6.3 Next-generation telecare and mPERS
6.3.1 Mobile telecare and mPERS devices
6.3.2 Telecare activity monitoring solutions
6.4 Company profiles and strategies
6.4.1 Filip Technologies: Developer of the Filip child locator wristwatch
6.4.2 hereO: Start-up offers the hereO family locator watch and app
6.4.3 Everon: Developer of GPS wristwatches for telecare and lone workers
6.4.4 Numerex: Enters people monitoring markets through acquisition of Omnilink 102
6.4.5 Limmex: Swiss telecare watch vendor ramping up sales globally
6.4.6 LOSTnFOUND: Swiss asset tracking vendor entering the telecare market
7 Medical devices and miscellaneous
7.1 Medical devices
7.1.1 The mHealth and home monitoring market
7.1.2 Regulatory environment
7.1.3 Wearable medical devices and implants
7.2 Additional connected wearable devices
7.2.1 Wearable industrial computers
7.2.2 Military devices
7.2.3 Authentication and gesture control devices
7.2.4 Other wearable devices
7.3 Company profiles and strategies
7.3.1 Medtronic: Connected wearables for ECG monitoring and CRM patients
7.3.2 Dexcom: Connected continuous glucose monitoring
7.3.3 Proteus Digital Health: Innovative wireless ingestible sensors and wearables 136
7.3.4 Zephyr Performance Systems: Betting on connected wearables
7.3.5 Withings: Connected health specialist targets consumers and companies
7.3.6 Zebra Technologies: Wearable computers for the enterprise market
8 Market forecasts and trends
8.1 Global market outlook
8.1.1 Market segments
8.1.2 Regional market data
8.1.3 Cellular connections
8.2 Market forecasts – smartwatches
8.2.1 On the verge to reach mass market adoption
8.2.2 Connectivity strategies
8.3 Market forecasts – smart glasses
8.3.1 Opportunities in the professional and niche consumer segments
8.3.2 Connectivity strategies
8.4 Market forecasts – fitness and activity trackers
8.4.1 Wrist worn activity trackers will face fierce competition from smartwatches
8.4.2 High growth in other form factors
8.5 Market forecasts – people monitoring and safety devices
8.5.1 Wearables will be the most common form factor in family locators
8.5.2 Great potential in next-generation telecare and mPERS
8.5.3 Modest growth in offender monitoring and lone worker devices
8.6 Market forecasts – medical devices
8.6.1 Cardiac Rhythm Management is the largest connected device category
8.6.2 Connectivity strategies
8.7 Market forecasts – other connected wearables
8.8 Market trends and drivers
8.8.1 Wearables are at the intersection of fashion and technology
8.8.2 The myriad of use cases is wearables’ killer app
8.8.3 Long-term engagement: bringing it all together
8.8.4 Connected wearables are part of the IoT revolution
8.8.5 Wearables raise privacy and security concerns
8.8.6 New M&A activities anticipated to take place in the wearables industry
Glossary
Index
List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Market segments, applications and devices
Figure 1.2: Wireless technologies characteristics
Figure 2.1: The connected wearables value chain
Figure 2.2: Smartphone shipments by OS (World 2014 and Q3-2015)
Figure 2.3: Leading consumer electronics companies by revenue (2014)
Figure 2.4: Smartphone shipments by vendor (World 2014 and Q3-2015)
Figure 2.5: Major apparel and accessories companies (World 2014)
Figure 2.6: Examples of specialist device vendors by segment
Figure 2.7: Top global mobile network operators by subscriber base (Q4-2013)
Figure 2.8: Examples of IoT platform providers
Figure 3.1: Apple Watch, LG Urbane 2 and Samsung Gear S2
Figure 3.2: Smartwatch shipments by vendor (World 2014 and Q3-2015)
Figure 3.3: Examples of introduced smartwatches
Figure 3.4: Examples of smartwatches featuring cellular connectivity (Q3-2015)
Figure 3.5: Connected wearables from Samsung (2013–2015)
Figure 3.6: Connected watches from Sony
Figure 4.1: Smart glasses form factors
Figure 4.2: Examples of announced smart glasses (November 2015)
Figure 4.3: Examples of VR and AR solutions
Figure 4.4: Examples of smart glasses from Epson
Figure 5.1: Wearable fitness device form factors
Figure 5.2: Connected fitness and activity tracker shipments by vendor (Q3-2015)
Figure 5.3: Examples of Bluetooth connected activity wristbands
Figure 5.4: Examples of Bluetooth connected sports watches
Figure 5.5: Wireless connected activity trackers with alternative form factors (A-O)
Figure 5.6: Wireless connected activity trackers with alternative form factors (P-Z)
Figure 5.7: Jawbone fitness and activity trackers
Figure 5.8: Selected connected fitness and activity trackers from Garmin
Figure 6.1: Examples of wearable child locator devices
Figure 6.2: Wearable child locator devices
Figure 6.3: Everfind Safelet, PFO Shield and Cuff bracelet
Figure 6.4: Lone worker protection devices
Figure 6.5: Offender monitoring devices featuring cellular and GPS connectivity
Figure 6.6: Mobile telecare and mPERS devices
Figure 6.7: Connected wearables from LOSTnFOUND and Limmex
Figure 6.8: Connected wearable telecare devices
Figure 7.1: Examples of wearable medical applications
Figure 7.2: Examples of medical devices
Figure 7.3: Cardiac rhythm and ECG monitoring devices
Figure 7.4: Connected glucose and blood pressure monitors
Figure 7.5: MC10 Biostamp and Orpyx SurroSense RX
Figure 7.6: Examples of wearable industrial computers
Figure 7.7: Wearable industrial computers from Zebra Technologies and Kopin
Figure 7.8: Examples of wearable gesture and authentication devices
Figure 7.9: Examples of various wearable devices
Figure 7.10: Various connected wearables
Figure 7.11: Dexcom G5 app and transmitter
Figure 7.12: Connected wearables from Withings
Figure 8.1: Connected wearables shipments by device category (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.2: Connected wearables shipments by market segment (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.3: Connected wearables shipments by region (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.4: Cellular connections by device category (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.5: Smartwatch shipments by region (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.6: Smart glasses shipments by region (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.7: Fitness and activity tracker shipments by region (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.8: People monitoring and safety device shipments (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.9: Wearable medical device shipments (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.10: Other connected wearables shipments (World 2014–2020)
Figure 8.11: Connected wearables – mergers and acquisitions (2014–2015)

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report