The worldwide wearable device market (commonly referred to as wearables) recorded its eighth consecutive quarter of steady growth in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 11.4 million wearables in 1Q15, a 200.0% increase from the 3.8 million wearables shipped in 1Q14.
It demonstrates growing end-user interest and the vendors' ability to deliver a diversity of devices and experiences. So with wrist real estate being a finite resource - especially with the launch of Apple's New iWatch - just how is the wearables market diversifying their offerings. We take a look at three new products in this highly competitive market.
It's fair to say that most of the aches and pains from which we suffer are due to the more sedentary lifestyles of the modern day. That's not a good thing. It's also a hassle to remember to track every activity you do throughout the day. Human makes it easy. Using the sensors in your iPhone, it automatically picks up on all the mundane movements you make — like walks, climbing stairs, and bicycle rides — and encourages you to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day. You can also create a group for your friends to join up and compare activity logs, making daily bragging rights added motivation to get up out of your seat and move.
Measuring just 3.5 inches long, an inch wide, and less than a quarter of an inch thick, the AmpStrip Heart Rate Monitor is an ideal replacement for bulky, strap-bound monitors. The discrete gadget sticks to your chest using hypoallergenic medical-grade adhesives, and incorporates a single-lead ECG sensor, an accelerometer, and a Thermistor to deliver plenty of fitness-related info to your phone via Bluetooth.
Forget mounting a fitness sensor on your wrist, chest, or anywhere else — with OMsignal Biometric Smartwear, the sensors you need are built right into your clothes. In addition to offering compression, moisture management, and a comfortable fit, these shirts feature threads that work in conjunction with an unobtrusive black box to record and stream data about your heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, breathing, and overall fitness directly to a companion app over Bluetooth. Available in long sleeve, short sleeve, and sleeveless varieties.