Ordering the Chaos: Using a Taxonomy to Understand the Wild State of Wearables

May 5, 2015 | State of the Market Report

Wearable electronics have been receiving increasing attention, with new devices coming to market on nearly a daily basis. While some high profile devices, like the Apple Watch, guide public perception of the technology, the landscape of developers and devices is highly varied. In order to understand the wearables landscape, we developed a wearables taxonomy across three major categories – applications, form factors, and components – and used that taxonomy to categorize 231 wearable devices. This survey enables us to understand the immediate trends, such as nearly half of all devices being wrist-worn, and find underserved areas like smart phone replacements, which have their own connectivity and do not need to be paired to a separate device, and will be increasing attractive as components shrink in size.

Coverage Areas

  • Consumer IoT
  • Digital Transformation
  • Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health
  • Industrial Internet of Things

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Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.
Director, Research
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Mark Bunger

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