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Market Trends: Head-Mounted Displays for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Published: 13 May 2015

ID: G00246830

Analyst(s): Brian Blau, Tuong Nguyen


Next-generation HMDs will arrive within a year, but it's still early for effective immersive and augmented environments. Strategic planners in technology providers planning to integrate HMDs into their offerings should understand and plan for vertical industry relevance and go-to-market potential.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Approach Cautiously as the HMD Market Is Immature
  • HMD Market Today Rides Past Legacy and Hype Into Tomorrow's Realities
    • Legacy
    • Hype
    • Genuine Interest
    • Consumer
    • Business
    • Technology
  • HMDs Will Be Marked by Years of Design Churn
    • What We Can Expect in One to Four Years
    • Line Between AR and VR Is Blurring
    • Path of Enlightenment — Five Years and Beyond
  • HMD Capabilities Impress but May Not Satisfy All Needs
    • Developers and Platforms
    • Hardware
    • Appeal

Contrarian View

  • HMDs May Not Meet Lofty Expectations of the Promise of VR/AR

Vendors to Watch

  • Oculus-Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Sony
  • Valve-HTC
  • Vuzix
  • Osterhout Design Group
  • Epson
  • Daqri
  • Magic Leap
  • Others

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