Director of studies, DigiWorld IDATE
In 2018, the wearables market in value should exceed 22.5 billion EUR. Again, the growth will differ from object to object mainly because of the different price per object.
Wearable objects refer to daily consumer objects like wristband, watches, glasses, headsets or activity trackers with embedded sensors and connected mainly indirectly to the internet though a device/hub (through short range technology mainly). Wearable products are used in different applications, even though fitness, wellness and lifestyle are obviously the major segments, in volume notably. Some opportunities could be seen at the entreprise level which aims to integrate into their premises wearable solutions to improve process and productivity.
The wearable ecosystem is mainly dominated by object manufacturers which are very numerous. Some of them are pure players like Fitbit or Jawbone, others are traditional consumer electronics manufacturers (Sony, Samsung, etc).
Other manufacturers come from the sports world like specialized sport accessory players (Garmin, Suunto or Polar) or sportswear brands with Nike and Adidas chiefly. On the connectivity side, very few M2M mobile carriers are involved in the wearables market, only AT&T has a real involvement in this segment. Data-centric players are positioned on the platform business. Most of the pure players like Runtastic, Runkeeper benefit from the product makers allowing them to collect information from their different objects.
The platform is actually the enabler to build services on the top of devices. On the top of the wearable devices, new services should emerge thanks to data exploitation/exchange. In terms of market adoption, surveys show that it is still very limited for now. They illustrate that watches are the most excited wearable devices, but a majority of the consumers seems not to be so enthusiastic to buy one of them. On the market side, according to IDATE, in 2018, 123 million wearable devices should be sold representing a 70% CAGR from the 10 million sold in 2013. Nevertheless, this growth is not homogeneous for each category of wearables. The smart watches will lead the market with 80 million units by 2018 mainly because of the Apple Watch sales starting from 2015. In 2018, the wearables market in value should exceed 22.5 billion EUR. Again, the growth will differ from object to object mainly because of the different price per object.