BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Wearable Devices Trends and Statistics
In 2015, wearable technology has become a thriving industry, with an ever-broadening range of possible uses and devices, including smart watches, glasses, clothing items, skin patches, and even implants for health monitoring.
Thanks to improvements in sensor technology and apps, together with consumer adoption of smart technologies generally, smart watches are becoming increasingly popular. Since Google launched its Android Wear operating system for wearable devices in mid-2014, more and more manufacturers are starting to offer smart watches paired with smartphones and as mobile operators begin to offer these smart watches as part of bundled packages, we see the market moving towards mainstream.
For their part, augmented reality glasses or smart glasses are proving an ideal tool in the blue-collar business, as they are hands-free devices and many manual workers wear safety glasses already. Smart glasses work in conjunction with smartphones, allowing user to access emails and text messages, take photos and videos, obtain directions, share information, follow voice commands, translate voice, search Google all hands free.
This BuddeComm Intelligence report provides overall global statistics and trends for the wearable technologies market, supported by examples where applicable.
Several companies have started selling smartwatches paired with Android smartphones following the launch of Google's Android Wear, a version of its Android operating system designed for wearable devices. Google is redesigning its smart glass product known as Google Glass. Because of barriers to adoption, the global wearables market is expected to grow at a slower rate than originally anticipated. With wearable devices still making their mark on the consumer market, the industry is looking at the potential of wearables in the enterprise sector for example, being hands-free devices, smart glasses are ideal in the blue-collar business.