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Market Trends: Personal Health and Fitness Monitoring Will Drive New Sensor Developments

Published: 08 January 2015

ID: G00264045

Analyst(s): Steve Ohr


Traditional nonoptical sensors will morph to support consumer applications like health and fitness monitoring. For wearables, expect to see new types of heart rate monitors, hydration sensors and single-chip ECGs using smartphones as their hosts. But medical acceptance will be limited for years.

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Market Trend

  • The Market Is Evolving a Variety of New Biomedical Sensor Types
    • New Sensors for Health and Fitness Monitoring
    • New Heart Rate Monitors
    • Blood Pressure Monitors
    • New Electrocardiogram Chips (EKG or ECG)
    • Skin Hydration Sensors
  • Market Structure Trend
    • The Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring — Link Everything to the Medical Database
  • Technology Trends
    • Sensors Using Low Frequency Light
    • Semiconductor Makers Perceive a Market for Sensor Signal Conditioning
    • The Apple iPhone Is the Host for a Growing Library of Fitness Monitoring Apps

Contrarian View

  • The Fascination With Fitness Gadgets May Be Short-Lived
    • While Consumers Continue to Acquire Wearables — Watches and Wristbands — We Do Not See Endorsements From Health Professionals

Vendors to Watch

  • For Heart Rate Monitors
  • For Hydration
  • For ECGs
  • For Motion Sensors

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