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The Wearable Technology Ecosystem: 2014 - 2020 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals and Forecasts

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Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2015 -- While wearable technology has been utilized in vertical sectors such as the military and healthcare for many years, ongoing advances have triggered a major resurgence of the concept, particularly among the consumer community.

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Key enabling technologies including low cost sensors, wireless connectivity, active materials and energy have converged to make wearable technology mainstream. With the continued miniaturization of enabling technologies, wearable devices have hit the mass market in a diverse variety of form factors, ranging from glasses to even jewelry.

Driven by the ability to interconnect with key modern trends of healthcare, fitness, messaging and socialization, the wearable technology ecosystem is attracting significant levels of interest. Companies as varied as smartphone OEMs, wireless carriers, health insurers and retailers are circling the ecosystem alongside tiny startups, all vying for a stake.

SNS Research estimates that by 2015, wearable devices shipments will surpass 90 Million and will account for nearly $20 Billion in revenue. The market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 40% over the next six years.

The "Wearable Technology Ecosystem: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" report presents an in-depth assessment of the wearable technology ecosystem including key market drivers, challenges, investment potential, consumer & vertical market opportunities, use cases, future roadmap, value chain, case studies, vendor market share and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for wearable device shipments and revenue from 2014 through to 2020. The forecasts are further segmented for 7 device form factor submarkets, 6 vertical markets, 6 regions and 73 countries.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.

Key Findings:

The report has the following key findings:

By 2015, wearable device OEMs will pocket nearly $20 Billion from device shipment revenues

Wearable device shipments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 40% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for 340 Million device shipments by the end of 2020

Wireless carriers are increasingly integrating wearable devices within their M2M and IoT strategies

Wearable devices will help wireless carriers drive over $71 Billion in additional service revenue by the end of 2020, following a CAGR of 95% between 2014 and 2020

The wearable applications ecosystem will account for nearly $850 Million in revenue by the end of 2015

Driven by ongoing innovation and crowdfunding campaigns, SNS Research estimates that investors are expected to pour over $700 Million into wearable company startups in 2014

The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play wearable technology startups, as competition heats up between consumer and vertical centric OEMs

Nearly 50% of all wearable devices shipped in 2020 will support embedded cellular connectivity. This represents a $1.1 Billion opportunity for wireless chipset suppliers

Topics Covered:

The report covers the following topics:

Wearable technology ecosystem

Market drivers and barriers

Enabling technologies for wearable devices

Prospects of standardization and regulation for wearable technology

Wearable technology industry roadmap and value chain

Assessment of vertical market opportunities and use cases for consumer, healthcare, retail & hospitality, military, public safety and 8 other verticals

Case studies of wearable technology deployments

Company profiles and strategies of 276 wearable technology ecosystem players

Wearable device vendor market share

Prospects of smartphone OEMs in the wearable technology ecosystem

LTE Direct and its impact on wearable technology

Strategic recommendations for enabling technology providers, wearable device OEMs, vertical market players, application developers and wireless carriers

Market analysis and forecasts from 2014 till 2020

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Forecast Segmentation:

Market forecasts are provided for each of the following submarkets and their categories:

Wearable device shipments and revenue
Wearable application ecosystem revenue
Wearable driven wireless carrier service revenue
Vertical Submarkets
Retail & Hospitality
Public Safety
Form Factor Submarkets
Smart Bands
Smart Watches
Smart Glasses
Smart Clothing
Smart Jewelry
Heads-up Displays
Regional Markets
Asia Pacific
Eastern Europe
Latin & Central America
Middle East & Africa
North America
Western Europe
Country Markets

73 Country level markets: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam

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Key Questions Answered:

The report provides answers to the following key questions:

How big is the wearable technology ecosystem?
How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
Who are the key wearable device vendors and what are their strategies?
How much are vertical enterprises investing in wearable devices?
What opportunities exist for wireless chipset suppliers in the wearable technology ecosystem?
How can wireless carriers capitalize on the growing popularity of smart glasses and other wearable devices?
Which countries, regions and verticals will see the highest percentage of wearable device shipments?
How big is the wearable applications ecosystem?

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