Apple becomes leading wearables vendor as Tim Cook says business is ‘Fortune 500’ size

Global shipments of wearable devices hit 22 million units in the first quarter of 2017 with Apple overtaking Fitbit to become the world’s largest wearables vendor, according to Strategy Analytics.

In the company’s latest report, Strategy Analytics states that the global wearables shipments figure saw an increase of 21% on an annual basis from 18.2 million in Q1 2016, owing to a stronger demand for new smartwatch models in North America, Western Europe and Asia.

Neil Mawston, executive director at...

By IoT News, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

IDC and CCS Insight outlook indicates optimism for wearables market

After a slowdown in 2016, the overall wearables market is expected to return to strong growth, according to new data from IDC’s worldwide quarterly wearable device tracker.

New vendors, emerging form factors, and an expanded number of retail outlets will drive worldwide wearable device shipments from 102.4 million in 2016 to 237.5 million in 2021, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.3%.

Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC mobile device trackers, said: “With the shift...

By IoT News, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Homes, Wearables.

Opinion: For unobtrusive wearables, consider the UX from all angles

Unobtrusive wearable tech used to be an oxymoron, but some of today’s technologies are getting close to achieving this lofty goal — devices that function so naturally, wearers don’t even notice they have them on. And it has potential to alter the healthcare industry in major ways. 

Monitoring patients for overall health and to track recovery has become a round-the-clock endeavor. Unobtrusive wearable devices are able to gather some of the highest quality data available, and their mostly...

By Shanon Marks, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, Wearables.

How ‘brain wearables’ can address 21st century needs

The human brain is the most complex system in the known universe. It is imbued with enormous potential that we have yet to fully understand or to harness. But we’re making progress, for many good reasons.

By studying how the human brain functions and how it responds to stimuli, we can potentially train our minds for optimal performance and, perhaps, overcome physical disabilities or detect neurological abnormalities for treatment. We stand now on the cusp of what has been called ‘The Fourth...

By Tan Le, 06 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Healthcare, Wearables.

As the number of hearables grows, security, privacy, and legal challenges grow with it

Opinion Hearables are among the tens of billions of IoT devices that will be in use by the end of this decade. That volume means that no matter where you go in the near future, there will be an increasingly good chance that an IoT device will be around to hear what you say.

Hearables can be grouped into two broad categories: stationary devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, and wearables...

By Poppy Crum, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Wearables.

AT&T planning to launch LTE-M network pilot in San Francisco

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AT&T is planning to launch its new LTE-M network in the San Francisco market as a pilot project.

Slated to start in November 2016, the LTE-M technology is said to connect a wide variety of IoT solutions such as smart utility meters, asset monitoring, vending machines, alarm systems, fleet, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables.

The implementation of the LTE-M technology will result in lower costs for modules that connect IoT devices to the LTE network; longer battery...

By IoT News, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Wearables.

Digital assistants will battle for your ears — as the sales of smart audio products triple

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According to a new study by Juniper Research, the sales of smart audio hardware will more than triple over the next four years and provide a new arena for digital assistants to battle for your attention. 

Among the competitors are ear-based wearables such as the Bragi Dash and HERE Active Listening, as well as smart home speakers including the popular Amazon Echo and upcoming Google...

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.

Why this year’s CES showed the IoT is here to stay

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CES 2016, the year’s hottest trade show for consumer electronics, featured a broad swath of tech products across a large number of industries. However, one cohesive theme resounded: the IoT is firmly here, and those that wish to remain relevant had best get on board. The increased viability of...

By Eran Eshed, 01 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.