Ubiquitous mobile devices and trends in directions like the Quantified Self and Smart Manufacturing have created an increased interest in wearable electronics. Wearables also provide the critical link to tether people to Internet of Things ecosystems, whether it be the Smart Home, Connected Car, or Smart Factory. However, despite significant hype, investment, the technologies, business models, and a proliferation of new devices, the future of wearables remains unclear. The question still remains of whether wearables will cause disruption like mobile devices or merely be accessories for counting steps?
We analyze the technologies, markets, and strategies that push innovation and growth, enabling clients to:
  • Stay on top of rapidly expanding developer landscape
  • Evaluate new business models
  • Pull together partnerships across materials, devices, and system integrators
  • Integrating wearables into existing platforms like electronic medical records and ERP software
  • Enable actionable and safe intelligence through wearable data security, privacy, and analytics
  • Understand the customer of the future and what information they will have about themselves


  • Smart watches
  • Activity trackers
  • Smart textiles
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Smart glasses
  • Sensors
  • Displays
  • Power and energy harvesting
  • Logic/memory
  • Smart homes
  • Health and wellness
  • Entertainment and media
  • Athletics
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing

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