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Forecast: Wearable Electronic Devices, Worldwide, 2016

Published: 19 January 2016

ID: G00291803

Analyst(s): Michele Reitz, Brian Blau , Angela McIntyre


Wearable electronic devices offer revenue opportunities of $61.7 billion beyond the smartphone market in 2020. The forecast is used by product managers of technology providers when determining strategy for smartwatches, head-mounted displays, wristbands, smart garments and other types of wearables.

Table Of Contents

Forecast Data


  • Wearables for Communication or Immersive Experiences
    • Smartwatches
    • Head-Mounted Displays
    • Body-Worn Cameras
    • Bluetooth Headsets
    • Fitness Wearables
    • Smart Garments
    • Wristbands
    • Sports Watches
    • Chest Straps and Other Fitness Monitors


  • Changes in Consumer Behavior
    • Lifestyle, Culture, Macroeconomic and Demographic Factors
    • Replacements
    • Transfers and Upgrades
    • New Device Adoption
    • Product Lifetimes


  • Definition of Wearable Electronic Devices
  • Number per Population Study
  • Economic Envelope
  • Influencing Factors
    • Replacements, Transfers and Upgrades
    • New Device Adoption
    • Product Lifetimes
    • Changes in Consumer Behavior
    • Product Design and Price
    • Lifestyle, Culture, Macroeconomic and Demographic Factors

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