Beyond the Smartwatch: Three Wearable Technology Trends to Watch

by Lindsey Francy Nov 26, 2022 News
Beyond the Smartwatch: Three Wearable Technology Trends to Watch

The capabilities of alternative Wearables continue to grow as the market matures. Alternative form factors could lure consumers away in the future. These devices have the potential to access new technologies. The demand for more data is driving the growth of the Wearable Technology industry, but it is also facing maturity during the economic downturn. Three trends to watch are summarized in this article.

Roadmap for wearable EEG. Source: IDTechEx
Roadmap for wearable EEG. Source: IDTechEx

Earphones help us listen to our emotions.

In the last five years, the adoption of Apple's AirPods has grown ten-fold. Consumers may turn to cheaper options without innovation if the price point for these hearables is not changed. Wrist-wear doesn't have an advantage over earphones because they are close to the brain.

More advanced earphones could have an advantage in the future. Neural activity can also be measured using metal electrodes. This is covered in a report by ID TechEx.

Stress, sleep, and emotional state can be measured with the help of signals from the brain. It is possible to buy EEG-integrated headbands, but they are not as fashionable as novelty toys. The miniaturization of electronics and noise cancellation has been a challenge for in- ear solutions. In the last few years, some companies have shown that it is possible to integrate the brain waves into hearing aids.

The demand for emotional state data is increasing. Advertisers are using it more and more. It is now used to assess viewer engagement with Super Bowl ads

Big brands haven't added new sensor technology to their hearing aids. While specific devices for sports are available, it has not found its way into the mass market. The priority has been on improving audio quality. The data set available from the watch is also provided by it. Real-time data visualization can't be offered by earphones.

Now is the time for hearables to play a more advanced role in the collection of user data. Paraplegics are being helped to walk with the use of implants. It's not too early to see mass adoption of mind-reading earphones, but it's time to shift focus from wrist-wear to hearables. Consumers may limit their spending on new consumer electronics to a pair of more impressive earphones because they were not impressed by the latest improvements to the smartwatch.

There is a more personalized approach to Wearable adoption.

Demand for a more personalized approach to activity monitoring could be on the way. The software that analyzes our movements is a big part of the value we get from our Wearables. There are limits to the raw motion data that can be found from a watch alone, as well as the data that can be found from platforms created for athletes.

Watches are not allowed during contact sports as they are too dangerous. Specific movements associated with some sports can't be captured with motion from the wrist. There is a proposal for a solution for professional athletes.

Footballers and players in the National Football League wear chest straps from Kinexon. Similarly, professional golfers and cyclists are using Whoop bands which can be worn on the wrist or adapted to fit into clothing.

Some companies use elite athletes to market their products. Increased insights about stress and recovery, as well as the scope to usepods as well as wrist-wear, is starting to reach a wider market. The value of the software in this business model is likely to continue in the future. This makes it possible for companies to offer a subscription to their platform. It is possible that this will make it more affordable for the consumer market. The future will likely see packages for amateur athletes. A more personalized approach to fitness tracking would be ideal for consumers, as it would allow them to share their data with other people.

Prepare for the Meta-verse with headsets and eyewear.

Future interaction with one another and the internet will dictate what lies beyond the wristwatch. It is standard to use a laptop, phone, and possibly a wristwatch for activity tracking and hands-free communication today. The status quo has been in place for a long time, and could be disrupted.

The design of phones has been stagnant in recent years, and there are signs that consumers are looking for something more interactive.

The idea of the'meta-verse' is here. One day smart glasses and augmented reality headsets will make the phone redundant. Wearable biometrics will likely follow if headgear is used for messaging.

Motion sensors and cameras are needed for eye- tracking. It is easy to imagine the integration of dry electrodes across the forehead, collecting both heart rate data and neural signals.

This type of revolution is likely to change the world. The success of this shift will be driven by the fact that there is still a long way to go before miniaturization is mass-market ready. It is necessary that headgear and smart glasses become more accepted. Interim products such as camera-integrated Ray Bans will likely be released to make them more fashionable. There are a lot of TV advertisements that feature gaming headsets. This time next year, society will be much more comfortable with them.

There are conclusions.

Balance of data access with visualization and social acceptance is the ultimate hurdle faced by earphones. Wearables can be used to monitor activity in real-time and see it live on a watch. The feature will likely lead to consumer adoption of new devices. Integration into hardware that is owned by the right brand will be important. The marketing challenge facing manufacturers looking to appeal to a wider demographic of consumers, elite athletes, and the medical market is non-trivial but is also outside the expertise of today's consumer electronics kingmakers. The watch is likely to be less impressive but still in demand as the phone becomes less impressive but still in demand. The next generation of Wearables will interface to satisfy the demand for newFunctionality There is more room for innovation in this market.

Many aspects of the Wearable Technology space are covered in the technical market research reports offered by IDTechEx. Wearables, electronic skin patches, augmented reality, e-textiles, and hearables are included. Diabetes management, printed sensors, and remote patient monitoring are some of the topics covered by IDTechEx. The current state and expected future developments are covered in each report. Multiple company profiles based on primary interviews give a detailed insight into the major players. Multiple application examples are included in the reports.

Further details and sample pages for each report can be found on the IDTechEx website.

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