Wearable band shipments will grow 129% year on year to reach 43.2 million units in 2015, of which 28.2 million will be smart bands and 15.0 million will be basic bands, according to the latest device shipment forecasts by industry analyst firm Canalys. Canalys tracks wearable device shipments and segments the market into smart bands, which are capable of running third-party applications, and basic bands, which are not.
When new technologies make bold promises, how do you discern the hype from what's commercially viable? And when will such claims pay off, if at all? Gartner Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities.
An IHS consumer survey reveals strong interest from respondents in purchasing wearable sports hardware that enhances the functionality of their software. [...] In the medium term, though, the real action in wearables will take place far from the social, gaming, and infotainment realms.
9 ways that companies can help create a wearable that people are going to want to continue to use: OEMs need to work on creating a message as to why consumers should use a wearable. Next, they should focus on design, an easy setup experience, fit and comfort, quality, the user experience, creating APIs to integrate into other products and services, creating a real utility, and developing a lifestyle compatibility that doesn’t require a user to remove the wearable frequently to shower or…