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U.S. Wearable Computing Technology Forecast Update, 2016–2020: April 2016

U.S. Wearable Computing Technology Forecast Update, 2016–2020: April 2016

This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the U.S. wearables market."The U.S. wearables market will grow at double-digit rates from now until 2020," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "To realize this kind of growth, we expect to see greater participation from more vendors, warming interest from end users, and continued development in key areas, namely form factor development, connectivity, and application proliferation. This will add greater value on top of what we see today, namely a focus on descriptive fitness data on the wrist."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
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 Sources
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker
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