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CES 2014 Highlights Challenges for Wearable Electronics Vendors in the Fight to Deliver Value and Differentiation

Published: 10 February 2014

ID: G00261006

Analyst(s): Mikako Kitagawa , Angela McIntyre, Tuong Nguyen


Providers of wearable electronics and other connected devices face increasing competition in a market filled with similar — but no "hero" — products. Differentiate your device with a superior user experience and a wide ecosystem of apps.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Lack of "hero products" at CES 2014 underscores the necessity for consumer electronics vendors to build a rich ecosystem
  • Proliferation of connected, sensor-rich devices presents new risks and opportunities for consumer electronics solution providers
  • Competing brands and connectivity standards fragment the market, leading to confusion among device providers about ecosystem partners and which connectivity protocols to use to appeal to the most consumers

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