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U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast Update, 2017–2021: CY 3Q17

U.S. Wearable Computing Device Forecast Update, 2017–2021: CY 3Q17

This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the U.S. wearable computing device market."The U.S. wearable market is in the midst of transformation in 2017," says Ramon T. Llamas, research manager, IDC's Wearables team. "The appetite for fitness trackers has been slowing down, continuing the trend we saw at the end of 2016. This presents the opportunity for other products to shine, either with multifunctional devices like smartwatches or simpler and elegant hybrid watches capable of fitness tracking. Meanwhile, interest in alternative products like clothing and earwear continues to build. These products will keep the market afloat in 2017, and by next year, we will see a return to stronger growth."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
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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