The global market for Wearable Electronics is projected to reach US$61.4 billion by 2025, driven by the availability of inexpensive sensors, miniaturized yet powerful microchips and processors, low-power lighter electronic components, evolving app ecosystem and the resulting expansion of applications addressed by wearable products and services. After smartphones and tablets, smart wearables is the new innovation taking the technology to a fevered pitch in the consumer electronics industry. These tiny devices hold the potential to replace smartphones, make the many benefits of digital health real and achievable, enable the rise of hyper-connected interactive enterprises, and make clothing smart, fashionable, functional and comfortable. Benefits of wearables devices include lightweight, extreme portability, durable, easily transportable, convenience, ease-of-use and comfort. Smartwatch is the most popular form and dominant factor for wearables. Other evolving new designs include smart glasses, goggles, bracelets, armbands, necklaces, lanyards, pins, clips, headbands, headsets, belts, shoes, shirts, Jackets and pants, among others. The biggest area of impact in electronic wearables is in the healthcare industry. Medical grade wearables are poised to create a revolution in personalized digital healthcare. Wearables will enable telehealth via remote patient monitoring (RPM) capabilities making healthcare services more efficient, self-determined and cost efficient. Opportunities in this space are immense as the current healthcare system seeks to utilize telehealth to advance value based care goals. A key benefit of telehealth is its ability to drive positive patient experience and eliminate access barriers to offer patient-centric and convenient care. Wearables will also play a key role in precision medicine by providing physicians better knowledge of patients' health. Integration of sensors such as physiological sensors and biochemical sensors will provide continuous monitoring of a patient's vital signs and timely clinical decisions can be taken such as therapy modifications based on subtle changes observed in health patterns.
From simple biophysical/ biochemical monitoring (BP & diabetes), continuous innovation will expand applications to more advanced continuous arrhythmia detection and monitoring blood pulse signals from human femoral, carotid and radial arteries. Another exciting area of innovation is the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) enabled “Healthbot” applications in smartwatches designed to help patients with disease/therapy management and counselling. Healthbots have the potential to expand the outreach of healthcare services especially in countries and regions where doctor to patient ratio is low thus creating a bottleneck in accessing primary care services. In the addition to healthcare, clothing also represents and emerging area of opportunity for wearables. Innovative development of flexible, transparent graphene electrodes and their integration into commonly used textile fibers will be the first step forward in revolutionizing e-textiles. Significant R&D resources are therefore being sunk into developing processes and engineering techniques to integrate graphene in textiles as it hold the key that will unlock a new universe of commercial application opportunities in the coming years. The United States and Europe represent large markets worldwide with a combined share of 67.9% of the market. China ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 28.4% over the analysis period supported by the fact that the country leads the world in digital health adoption.
Competitors identified in this market include, among others, Apple Inc., Bose Corporation, Epson America Inc., Fitbit Inc., Garmin Ltd., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Infineon Technologies AG, LG Electronics Inc., Lifesense Group B.V., Lumus Ltd., Misfit Inc., Qualcomm Technologies Inc., ReSound, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Shimmer Research Inc., Sony Corporation, Texas Instruments Inc., Titan Industries Ltd., Vuzix Corporation, Xiaomi Corporation.