Everyone has the latest wearable interface, their skin

(Image Credit: Future Interfaces Group)

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have established a way to make skin the next user interface for technology – solving the issue of small displays on most wearables. 

Current smartwatches are more powerful than their interfaces allow them to be. When you cover most of the display with a single finger, it limits what interactions you can perform with a device. A team at the Future Interfaces...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartwatches, UI.

Research: Wearable payments expected to hit $100bn by 2018

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/Onfokus)

Many of us are expected to utilise our wearables for payments by 2018, if projections by Juniper Research are correct. The research firm expects contactless payments through wearable devices to reach $95 billion annually by 2018, up from less than $35 billion last year.  

Apple’s entry into NFC gave the industry a much needed boost, and could well be seen as...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, NFC, Payments, Research, Smartwatches.

New survey shows consumers like wearable hardware – but are not satisfied with apps


A new report from Argus Insights argues that consumers are more satisfied with wearable hardware than the apps it contains.

Though wearable technology is extending itself from wrist-worn devices to include shirts, tattoos, hats, shoes and other forms, actionable collected data is the key feature that counts, according to the researchers. The survey covers over 136,000 consumer reviews of wearables devices and applications from November 2015 to February 2016.

Argus Insights CEO, John Feland,...

By Wearable Tech, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Research.

IDC: Global wearable shipments to exceed 200m units by 2019


Shipments of wearable devices across the globe are expected to see a 38.2% year on year increase and reach 110 million by the end of 2016, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. The market will grow on account of the pervasiveness of new and different wearable products. However, the main focus of the wearables market will continue to be smartwatches.

The combined total of watch and wristband shipments will increase from 72.2...

By Wearable Tech, 18 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research.

EQM Indexes launches index monitoring wearables segment

(c)iStock.com/Terry J Alcorn

IDC estimates that the global wearable device market is anticipated to see 44% year on year increase in shipments to 111.1 million units in 2016. Additionally, the segment is expected to witness a five year CAGR of 28%, resulting in 214.6 million units by 2019. As a result, EQM Indexes is launching an index, named WEARXT, to monitor the wearables segment.

WEARXT monitors the combined performance of around 45 to 55 global stocks that generate revenue from wearable technology...

By Wearable Tech, 10 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Research, Smartwatches.

New IDC report sheds light on wearable 'intenders'


New research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) has examined wearables ‘intenders’ – consumers who plan on purchasing a wearable product in the next six months.

These consumers are expected to play a leading role in the next surge of wearables adoption in the US. The survey’s data is based on a poll, undertaken by IDC's Buyer Behaviour Practice, of 1,500 Americans who intend to purchase a wearables product in the next six months.

The research...

By Wearable Tech, 08 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research.

Why R&D will play a key role in the wearable market’s rapid growth


The global wearable technology market is estimated to total $196.5 million by 2022 mainly on account of research and development undertaken by a large number of industry players, according to Grand View Research.

Increasing disposable income across the globe, technological advancement, price, quality, battery life, 3D printing and crowd funding are other factors that are expected to make a positive impact. Players in this industry include Apple, Adidas, Garmin, Fitbit, Nike, Google,...

By Wearable Tech, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartwatches.

Wearables market expected to generate $14bn in revenue and 123m units in 2016

(c)iStock.com/Bogdan Kosanovic

The latest research note from CCS Insight projects sales of 411 million smart wearables, worth $34 billion, in 2020. The research firm anticipates robust growth over the next five years, with sales of 123 million units, generating $14 billion in revenue in 2016.

Wrist-worn devices are the star innovators in the market, with fitness, activity and sports trackers accounting for almost 50% of all shipments in the next year, at more than 60 million units. Meanwhile, smartwatch sales...

By Wearable Tech, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Research, Smartwatches.

Scientists work to “look beyond the semiconductor” for running wearable tech


A study from Michigan Technological University has revealed progress made on more versatile wearable technology using iron instead of semiconductors.

The research, published in Scientific Reports and led by Yoke Khin Yap, a professor of physics at Michigan Technological University, argues that silicon semiconductors are susceptible to overheating and face limitations in terms of size, as well as being at a disadvantage as they leak electricity. The alternative approach suggested by...

By Wearable Tech, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Research.