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U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast, 2016–2020: CY 3Q16 Forecast and Analysis

U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast, 2016–2020: CY 3Q16 Forecast and Analysis

This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the U.S. wearables market."The U.S. wearables market is poised for a slowdown in 2016, as we await new products and new experiences that will arrive later in the year," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "This will not stop the pace of innovation, as other products — especially eyewear, earwear, and clothing — make continuous strides in improvement. Add on top of that the looming benefit of cellular connectivity, and the wearables market will have a greater value proposition to appeal to a broader market."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Cellular Connectivity Coming to Wearables
The Growing Need for Sensors
Processor Development
Developing Partnerships Outside of Technology
Materials Matter
It's Not About a Killer Device or a Killer App
Wanted: Prescriptive Data
Market Forecast
Basic Wearables Versus Smart Wearables
Wearables Forecast by Product
Average Selling Price and Value
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
Entrance of More Vendors and Devices
Proliferation of Products
Inhibitors
Lukewarm Reception Within the Mass Market
Constant Reliance on Smartphones
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Methodology
Primary Data Sources
Secondary Data Sources
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker
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