A new report from IDTechEX Research has revealed that our appetite for wearables will mean over 3 billion sensors will be strapped to our bodies by 2025. That, combined with a separate report estimating that the global smartwatch market will grow by nearly 54 % in the next five years, shows wearables could be as ubiquitous as smartphones before we know it.
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The IDTech EX Research report details the 15 most popular sensor types used in wearables today, which include movement sensors like the accelerometer and gyroscope, optical sensors like the optical heart rate monitor and cameras, wearable electrodes, chemical sensors, flexible stretch, pressure and impact sensors, temperature sensors, microphones, and more.
And it's not just going to be more of the same. The company is predicting that sensor technology will skyrocket over the next decade, and there could be 30% more new sensor types within that timeframe. One example is Google's Project Soli, which is a gesture-based system that uses radar technology to track the slightest hand movement.
Speaking of Google, according to a separate report by Transparency Market Research, not only will the global market rise by 53.6 % by 2020, but also Android Wear specifically will balloon 57.9% within that same time period – which is great news for the platform that struggled with sales in 2014.
"The launch of Android Wear OS by Google Inc. transformed the wearable devices and smartwatches market in 2014 with high number of applications and constant upgrades," the report claims.
Unsurprisingly, fitness is a big factor for the sudden interest in wearable devices, and the explosion of sensors – which are an integral part of tracking our workouts.
"The growing presence of health-conscious and tech-savvy users in the region is one of the primary reasons for the growth of the smartwatches market in North America," the report notes.
"In addition, rapid adoption of high-end smartwatches, surging smartphone penetration, and rising fitness and health activities have contributed toward the growth of this regional market."
Based on these predictions, our future is going to be filled with hard bodies covered in tiny sensors. Best put those cookies back in the cupboard.