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U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast, 2016–2020: CY 4Q16

U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast, 2016–2020: CY 4Q16

This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the U.S. wearables market."The U.S. wearables market is characterized by warmer reception toward basic wearables and lukewarm demand for smart wearables," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "End users can see the value proposition for basic wearables — specifically fitness trackers — and that feeds into demand. Conversely, smart wearables are finding a home among the technology cognoscenti and brand loyalists and have yet to move into the mass market. Still, the market is moving forward and with it will come new use cases and experiences to entice more users."

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IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Cellular Connectivity Coming to Wearables
The Growing Need for Sensors
Processor Development
Waterproofing Becoming Must-Have Feature
Materials Matter
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 Sources
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker
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