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Wearable tech forecasts more growth despite challenges

Wearable tech forecasts more growth despite challenges
IDTechEx has released its most comprehensive report covering the wearable technology industry. ‘Wearable Technology Forecasts 2019-2029’ includes historic market data back to 2010 and ten year market forecasts for 48 different types of wearable electronic product. 
5th August 2019

Stretching electronics: driving new market opportunities

Stretching electronics: driving new market opportunities
IDTechEx focuses on many different emerging technologies, many of which are related to the development of new form factors in electronics. Whilst many people are familiar with flexible electronics, whether it be in a folding smartphone, RFID tag or glucose test strip, the area of stretchable electronics has seen waves of innovation and commercial development, particularly over the last five years. By James Hayward, Industry Expert and Principal Analyst at IDTechEx
2nd July 2019

Are smart cities without infrastructure the future?

Are smart cities without infrastructure the future?
A large proportion of the cost, disruption, pollution and exposure to natural disasters in a city would be eliminated if there were no infrastructure. Imagine no sewage or gas pipes, electricity poles or even sidewalks from which people leap into the face of approaching traffic. Poor sanitation such as leaking pipes kills half a million children under the age of five annually and costs $200bn a year in healthcare costs and lost income worldwide. 
13th February 2019


Smart cities are not data focused anymore

Smart cities are not data focused anymore
As several US cities have shown, sensors and data processing gets us pothole counting and prediction for example. However, it is now clear that smart cities can be zero emission, quiet and make all their own clean water, food and electricity. That beats counting potholes any day. Indeed, smart materials are leading to modular roads made from recycled plastic that are hollow, taking flood water, generate their own electricity for self de-icing and even charge electric vehicles at speed.
30th January 2019

Piezoelectrics key to IoT and power from roads?

Piezoelectrics key to IoT and power from roads?
California and Europe are pumping millions into development of electricity-generating roads using piezoelectrics. Piezos will also be useful in self-powered IoT nodes because no one will change or even charge millions of batteries for those nodes let alone the envisaged billions. Without self-powered nodes, the IoT will be nothing more than a footnote in history.
4th December 2018

Real growth for LPWAN connections

Real growth for LPWAN connections
It has been found by IDTechEx Research that there will be 2.7 billion LPWAN IoT connections in 2029, according to its latest report IoT Low Power Wireless Networks and 5G 2019-2029. There are many choices of low power wide area networks (LPWAN) which will be a key connectivity element of the Internet of Things (IoT). 
17th July 2018

Wearable technology: growth opportunities after the hype

Wearable technology: growth opportunities after the hype
  The IDTechEx Wearable Europe conference and exhibition, to be held on 11th-12th April in Berlin Germany, will bring together the ecosystem global brands with technology developers, focusing on the commercial growth opportunities for wearable technology.
1st March 2018

Wearable sensors to reach their first billion dollar year

Wearable sensors to reach their first billion dollar year
IDTechEx predict that 2017 will be the first billion dollar year for wearable sensors. These critical components are central to the core value proposition in many wearable devices. The Wearable Sensors 2018-2028: Technologies, Markets & Players report includes IDTechEx’s latest research and forecasts on this topic, collating over three years of work to provide a thorough characterisation and outlook for each type of sensor used in wearable products today.
27th September 2017

Wearable devices market to reach over $150bn by 2027

Wearable devices market to reach over $150bn by 2027
Compiled after three years of dedicated and ongoing research by expert analysts, the IDTechEx Research report Wearable Technology 2017-2027: Markets, Players, Forecasts details IDTechEx's coverage of the wearable technology ecosystem. The report looks at the industry from many different perspectives, with detailed discussion framing core primary research and market forecasting.
25th August 2017

Haptics industry expected to be worth $2.8bn by 2027

Haptics industry expected to be worth $2.8bn by 2027
With regards to enhancing the user experience in many very familiar products today, haptics are key technologies found as an essential feature. Whether as notification provision in a vibrating smartphone, tension building in a video game controller, or input confirmation in an industrial scanner, haptics technologies have now reached billions of electronics devices. The IDTechEx Research report Haptics 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets and Players finds that the haptics industry will be worth $2.8bn by 2027.
26th June 2017

Certified payment application achieves EMV Migration

Certified payment application achieves EMV Migration
  Two companies have come together to provide EMV chip-card acceptance to cloud-based merchants, unattended kiosk manufacturers, retailers, and mobile merchants. ID TECH and Worldnet have received EMV certification through First Data.
15th March 2017

Is it time to move on from wearables?

Is it time to move on from wearables?
  The hype around wearable technology is all but over. Whilst new wearable technology products have generated billions of dollars in new revenue in just a few years, the hype was too much to live up to for many at the core of the sector.
9th March 2017

The hype shifts in the $30bn wearables market

With hype around some of the core wearable technology sectors beginning to wane, IDTechEx have released their latest analysis of this diverse and growing industry in their brand new report Wearable Technology 2016-2026. The report finds the market to be worth over $30bn in 2016, with over $11bn of that coming from newly popular products including smartwatches and fitness trackers. However, despite the total market growing to over $150bn by 2026, IDTechEx forecast shake-ups in several prominent sectors, with commoditisation hitting hard, and product form factors changing rapidly.
8th July 2016

Will conductive inks help wearables go truly wearable?

The first generation of wearable devices are constructed using mature, rigid technologies put inside a new box that can be worn. These are often bulky devices that are not truly wearable in the sense that our clothes are. This is, however, beginning to change... albeit slowly. New conformal, clothing-based components are emerging. By Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx.
2nd June 2016

Sensors driving next-gen wearable devices

Last week IDTechEx gave the opening presentation at the 2016 Korea Summit for Smart Wearable Devices, hosted by KDIA and KSA in Seoul, Korea. Wearable sensors once again dominated discussion throughout the day, with latest examples of options in MEMS, textiles and more presented at length in the conference. Additional discussions throughout the day extended to topics like glucose sensing (including enzyme-free examples), sensor fusion and beyond. By James Hayward, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
10th May 2016

The Future of Wearable Technology at IDTechEx Wearable Europe 2016

IDTechEx Wearable Europe brings together a global community of innovators behind the best of wearable technology today. IDTechEx analysts have constructed a two-day agenda assembling key innovators and thought leaders to discuss key aspects of this rapidly evolving industry. Within the broader IDTechEx show, you will see the best of new technology that is already causing disruption today, as well as a glimpse at the materials, components and products of the future.
10th March 2016

Microdisplay technologies enable the AR/VR revolution

If the buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show is any indication of things to come (and it usually is), 2016 is expected to be the year of VR. Much anticipated VR headset launches, announcement of investment in enabling technologies and developments of optimised components made VR the words on everyone's lips at CES 2016. By Dr Harry Zervos, Principal Analyst, IDTechEx.
27th January 2016

Are e-textiles on the cusp of rapid growth?

Whilst the majority of wearable technology products sold today still fit with the components-in-a-box design, 2015 has been a record year for investment in smart clothing and e-textile products. To reach the masses, wearable technology must be useful, practical and fashionable: seamless integration within textiles and clothing is seen as a key part of this. However, with many challenges, not least around washability, durability and in manufacturing, the majority of projects over the last decade were restricted to low volume niche products. This is now changing.
6th January 2016

Innovative sensors make wearables truly unique

Defining and exploiting value proposition is an essential part of wearable technology's journey from early adopters into mass markets. Sensor platforms enable the key value proposition in most wearable devices today. This is why made-for-wearable sensors are being developed around the world and why IDTechEx Research finds that made-for-wearable sensors will represent 42% of all sensors in wearable devices in 2026, up from a measly 7% in 2015.
16th December 2015

Wearble sensors to create a $5.5bn market

Wearable technology is part of a megatrend involving integration of electronics into every aspect of our surroundings. Our most immediate surroundings - our clothing, watches and even our bodies themselves - are a key part of this. Features such as sensors, actuators, processors, interfaces and all that is needed to support and power them are being integrated onto and into the body with unprecedented reach and volumes.
5th June 2015


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