The Global Market for Wearable Electronics to 2027

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Published 19 September 2020, 346 pages, 44 tables, 59 figures

In-depth market review including Smartwatches, sports and fitness trackers, sleep trackers and wearable monitors, Smart glasses and head-mounted displays (VR, AR, MR, vision loss and eye trackers), military, Industrial and workplace monitoring, flexible and stretchable electronics, e-textiles and smart clothing, artificial skin, skin patches, wearable health alert and monitoring devices, Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), hydration and sweat sensors, wearable drug delivery, cosmetics patches, smart footwear, smart contact lenses, smart wound care, exoskeletons and hearables. 

Wearables are body-borne computational and sensory devices which can sense the person who wears them and/or their environment. Wearables can communicate either directly through embedded wireless connectivity or through another device (e.g. a smartphone). The data collected by the wearable device about the user or its environment is processed in a processing unit located locally or in an external server, and the results are ultimately provided to the wearer. Smart wearables may have control, communication, storage and actuation capabilities. The number and variety of wearable electronic devices has increased significantly in the past few years, as they offer significant enhancements to human comfort, health and well-being.

There is increasing demand for wearable electronics from industries such as:

  • Medical and healthcare monitoring and diagnostics. 
  • Sportswear and fitness monitoring (bands).
  • Consumer electronics such as smart watches, smart glasses and headsets.
  • Military GPS trackers, equipment (helmets) and wearable robots.
  • Smart apparel and footwear in fashion and sport.
  • Workplace safety and manufacturing.

 

Wearable and mobile health monitoring technologies are important due to the rapidly aging global populations and the drastically increasing demand for in-home healthcare. Commercially available and near commercial wearable devices facilitate the transmission of biomedical informatics and personal health recording. Body worn sensors, which can provide real-time continuous measurement of pertinent physiological parameters noninvasively and comfortably for extended periods of time, are of crucial importance for emerging applications of mobile medicine.

Advancements over the last few years in electronics have also led to the development of electronic (E-textiles) or smart textiles. Smart textiles and garments can sense environmental stimuli and react or adapt in a predetermined way. This involves either embedding or integrating sensors/actuators ad electronic components into textiles for use in applications such as medical diagnostics and health monitoring, consumer electronics, safety instruments and automotive textiles.

Markets covered include: 

Healthcare & Medical

  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Defibrillators
  • Drug Delivery
  • ECG Monitors
  • Hearing Aids
  • Insulin Pumps
  • Smart Glasses
  • Skin Patches
  • PERS
  • Pulse Oximetry

 

Fitness & Wellness

  • Activity Monitors
  • Fitness & Heart Rate Monitors
  • Heads-up Displays
  • Sleep Sensors
  • Smart Glasses
  • Smart Clothing
  • Smart Watches
  • Audio Earbuds

 

Infotainment

  • Head-up Displays
  • Imaging Products
  • Smart Glasses
  • Smart Watches

 

Industry and manufacturing

  • Hand-worn Terminals
  • Heads-up Displays
  • Exoskeleton
  • Smart Clothing
  • Smart Glasses

 

Military

  • Hand-worn Terminals
  • Heads-up Displays
  • Smart Clothing

 

Report contents include: 

  • In-depth market review of current products and technology development in Smartwatches, sports and fitness trackers, sleep trackers and wearable monitors, Smart glasses and head-mounted displays (VR, AR, MR, vision loss and eye trackers), military, Industrial and workplace monitoring, flexible and stretchable electronics, e-textiles and smart clothing, artificial skin, skin patches, wearable health alert and monitoring devices, Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), hydration and sweat sensors, wearable drug delivery, cosmetics patches, smart footwear, smart contact lenses, smart wound care, exoskeletons and hearables. 
  • In depth product assessment including products, producers, functionalities and prices. 
  • Global market revenues, historical and forecast to 2027 for wearable electronics, medical wearables, electronic textiles and smart clothing.
  • Over 250 company profiles. Companies profiled include BeBop Sensors, dorsaVi Ltd, Enhanlabo Co., Ltd., Equivital Inc., FeelIT, HP1 Technologies Ltd., miomove s.r.o, Neosensory, Abbott Laboratories, Add Care Ltd., AerBetic, Inc., Avanix srl, Biobeat Technologies Ltd., biolinq Inc, CareWear, Cosinuss GmbH, Seventh Sense Biosystems, Sorrel Medical, Spirit of Wonder Co., Ltd., Far Eastern New Century and many more. 

 

 

1              EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   21

  • 1.1          The evolution of electronics        22
    • 1.1.1      The wearables revolution             23
    • 1.1.2      Wearable market leaders             25
    • 1.1.3      Flexible, stretchable, thin, and large-area form factors     26
  • 1.2          What are flexible and stretchable electronics?    27
    • 1.2.1      From rigid to flexible and stretchable      27
    • 1.2.2      Organic and printed electronics 28
    • 1.2.3      New conductive materials            29
    • 1.2.4      Foldable smartphones and tablets            32
  • 1.3          Growth in flexible and stretchable electronics market      35
    • 1.3.1      Recent growth in Printed, flexible and stretchable products          35
    • 1.3.2      Future growth   35
    • 1.3.3      Nanotechnology as a market driver          35
    • 1.3.4      Growth in remote health monitoring and diagnostics       36

 

2              RESEARCH METHODOLOGY         38

 

3              WEARABLE ELECTRONICS             39

  • 3.1          MARKET DRIVERS AND TRENDS  39
  • 3.2          APPLICATIONS  42
    • 3.2.1      Smartwatches   43
      • 3.2.1.1   Main smart watch producers and products           44
    • 3.2.2      Sports and fitness trackers           45
      • 3.2.2.1   Products              46
    • 3.2.3      Sleep trackers and wearable monitors    48
      • 3.2.3.1   Products              49
    • 3.2.4      Smart glasses and head-mounted displays (VR, AR, MR, vision loss and eye trackers)         50
      • 3.2.4.1   Products              51
    • 3.2.5      Military 55
    • 3.2.6      Industrial and workplace monitoring       55
    • 3.2.7      Flexible and stretchable electronics in wearables               56
    • 3.2.8      Stretchable artificial skin               59
  • 3.3          GLOBAL MARKET SIZE     60
  • 3.4          MARKET CHALLENGES    65
  • 3.5          COMPANY PROFILES       66 (60 company profiles)

 

4              MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE WEARABLES               103

  • 4.1          MARKET DRIVERS             103
  • 4.2          CURRENT STATE OF THE ART       106
    • 4.2.1      Monitoring solutions to track COVID-19 symptoms           110
      • 4.2.1.1   Temperature and respiratory rate monitoring     110
  • 4.3          APPLICATIONS  111
    • 4.3.1      Companies and products              112
    • 4.3.2      Electronic skin patches  117
    • 4.3.3      Nanomaterials-based devices     118
    • 4.3.4      Wearable health alert and monitoring devices    121
    • 4.3.5      Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)   122
      • 4.3.5.1   Minimally-invasive CGM sensors               123
      • 4.3.5.2   Non-invasive CGM sensors          125
      • 4.3.5.3   Companies and products              127
    • 4.3.6      Cardiovascular   130
      • 4.3.6.1   ECG sensors       131
      • 4.3.6.2   PPG sensors       133
    • 4.3.7      Pregnancy and newborn monitoring        134
    • 4.3.8      Wearable temperature monitoring          135
    • 4.3.9      Hydration sensors           137
    • 4.3.10    Wearable sweat sensors (medical and sports)     138
      • 4.3.10.1                Products              141
    • 4.3.11    Wearable drug delivery 141
    • 4.3.12    Cosmetics patches           143
  • 4.4          Smart footwear 145
  • 4.5          Smart contact lenses      146
  • 4.6          Smart wound care           146
  • 4.7          Wearable exoskeletons 149
  • 4.8          Medical hearables           151
  • 4.9          GLOBAL MARKET SIZE     153
  • 4.10        MARKET CHALLENGES    155
  • 4.11        COMPANY PROFILES       157 (134 Company profiles)

 

5              ELECTRONIC TEXTILES (E-TEXTILES) AND SMART TEXTILES               242

  • 5.1          MARKET DRIVERS             242
  • 5.2          MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS 246
    • 5.2.1      Conductive and stretchable yarns             247
    • 5.2.2      Conductive polymers     248
      • 5.2.2.1   PDMS    249
      • 5.2.2.2   PEDOT: PSS         250
    • 5.2.3      Conductive coatings        251
    • 5.2.4      Conductive inks 252
    • 5.2.5      Nanomaterials  254
      • 5.2.5.1   Nanocoatings in smart textiles   256
        • 5.2.5.2   Graphene           259
        • 5.2.5.3   Nanofibers         260
        • 5.2.5.4   Carbon nanotubes           262
    • 5.2.6      Phase change materials 264
    • 5.2.6.1   Temperature controlled fabrics  265
  • 5.3          APPLICATIONS, MARKETS AND PRODUCTS            266
    • 5.3.1      Smart clothing products 266
    • 5.3.2      Temperature monitoring and regulation 269
    • 5.3.3      Stretchable E-fabrics       270
    • 5.3.4      Sport & fitness  271
    • 5.3.5      Smart footwear 272
    • 5.3.6      Military/Defence             273
    • 5.3.7      Medical and healthcare 275
      • 5.3.7.1   Biometric monitoring     276
      • 5.3.7.2   ECG sensors       277
    • 5.3.8      Industrial and workplace monitoring       279
    • 5.3.9      Flexible and wearable display advertising              280
    • 5.3.10    Powering E-textiles         280
      • 5.3.10.1                Batteries              281
      • 5.3.10.2                Supercapactitors              282
      • 5.3.10.3                Energy harvesting            282
        • 5.3.10.3.1             Photovoltaic solar textiles            283
        • 5.3.10.3.2             Energy harvesting nanogenerators           284
          • 5.3.10.3.2.1         TENGs   285
          • 5.3.10.3.2.2         PENGs  285
        • 5.3.10.3.3             Radio frequency (RF) energy harvesting 286
  • 5.4          GLOBAL MARKET SIZE     286
  • 5.5          MARKET CHALLENGES    289
  • 5.6          COMPANY PROFILES       291 (65 company profiles)

 

6              REFERENCES       335

 

Tables

  • Table 1. Types of wearable devices and applications.        23
  • Table 2. Wearable market leaders by market segment.   24
  • Table 3. Advanced materials for Printed, flexible and stretchable sensors and Electronics-Advantages and disadvantages.  28
  • Table 4. Sheet resistance (RS) and transparency (T) values for transparent conductive oxides and alternative materials for transparent conductive electrodes (TCE).       29
  • Table 5. Foldable smartphones and tablets, on or near market.   31
  • Table 6. Market drivers for printed, flexible and stretchable electronics for wearables and IoT.      38
  • Table 7. Main smart watch producers and products.         43
  • Table 8. Wearable sensors for sports performance.          45
  • Table 9. Wearable sensor products for monitoring sport performance.    46
  • Table 10. Wearable sleep tracker products.          48
  • Table 11. Smart glasses companies and products.              50
  • Table 12.Wearable electronics applications in the military.            54
  • Table 13. Applications in printed, flexible and stretchable electronics, by advanced materials type and benefits thereof.               56
  • Table 14. Global market for wearable electronics, 2015-2027, by product type, billions $. 61
  • Table 15.Market challenges in wearable electronics and IoT.         64
  • Table 16. Market drivers for printed, flexible and stretchable medical and healthcare sensors and wearables.        102
  • Table 17. Examples of wearable medical device products.              106
  • Table 18. Medical wearable companies applying products to COVID-19 monitoring and analysis.  109
  • Table 19. Applications in flexible and stretchable health monitors, by advanced materials type and benefits thereof.                118
  • Table 20. Wearable bio-signal monitoring devices.            120
  • Table 21. Technologies for minimally-invasive and non-invasive glucose detection-advantages and disadvantages.                122
  • Table 22. Commercial devices for non-invasive glucose monitoring not released or withdrawn from market.          125
  • Table 23. Minimally-invasive and non-invasive glucose monitoring products.         126
  • Table 24. Companies developing wearable swear sensors.             140
  • Table 25. Wearable drug delivery companies and products.          141
  • Table 26. Companies and products, cosmetics and drug delivery patches.               143
  • Table 27.Companies and products in smart footwear.     144
  • Table 28.Companies and products in smart contact lenses.           145
  • Table 29. Companies and products in smart wound care.                147
  • Table 30. Companies developing wearable exoskeletons.               148
  • Table 31. Companies and products in hearables. 150
  • Table 32. Global medical and healthcare wearables market, 2017-2027, billions $, by product.      153
  • Table 33. Market challenges in medical and healthcare sensors and wearables.   154
  • Table 34. Market drivers for printed, flexible, stretchable and organic electronic textiles. 241
  • Table 35. Types of smart textiles.              243
  • Table 36. Examples of smart textile products.      244
  • Table 37. Commercially available smart clothing products.             245
  • Table 38. Electronic textiles products.     246
  • Table 39. Applications in textiles, by advanced materials type and benefits thereof.           250
  • Table 40. Nanocoatings applied in the textiles industry-type of coating, nanomaterials utilized, benefits and applications.       252
  • Table 41. Applications and benefits of graphene in textiles and apparel.  255
  • Table 42. Applications and markets for e-textiles.              256
  • Table 43. Global electronic and smart textiles market 2017-2030, revenues (billions USD).              261
  • Table 44. Market challenges in E-textiles.              263

 

Figures

  • Figure 1. Evolution of electronics.             22
  • Figure 2. Wove Band.     26
  • Figure 3. Wearable graphene medical sensor.     27
  • Figure 4. Applications timeline for organic and printed electronics.            28
  • Figure 5. Xiaomi MIX Flex.            33
  • Figure 6. Baby Monitor. 36
  • Figure 7. Wearable health monitor incorporating graphene photodetectors.         36
  • Figure 8. Applications of wearable flexible sensors worn on various body parts.    42
  • Figure 9. Wearable bio-fluid monitoring system for monitoring of hydration.         45
  • Figure 10. Beddr SleepTuner.     48
  • Figure 11. Vuzix Blade.   49
  • Figure 12. NReal Light MR smart glasses.               50
  • Figure 13. Wearable gas sensor. 55
  • Figure 14.Stretchable transistor.                56
  • Figure 15. Artificial skin prototype for gesture recognition.            58
  • Figure 16. Global market for wearables, 2015-2027, by product type, billions US$.              60
  • Figure 17. Global market for hearables, 2017-2027, by product type, billions $.    62
  • Figure 18. Global market for wearables, 2015-2027, by market share of product type        63
  • Figure 19.Connected human body and product examples.             106
  • Figure 20. Companies and products in wearable health monitoring and rehabilitation devices and products.           111
  • Figure 21. Smart e-skin system comprising health-monitoring sensors, displays, and ultra flexible PLEDs.  117
  • Figure 22.Graphene medical patch.          118
  • Figure 23. Graphene-based E-skin patch.               118
  • Figure 24. Technologies for minimally-invasive and non-invasive glucose detection.           121
  • Figure 25. Schematic of non-invasive CGM sensor.            125
  • Figure 26. Adhesive wearable CGM sensor.          126
  • Figure 27. VitalPatch.     130
  • Figure 28. Wearable ECG-textile.              130
  • Figure 29. Wearable ECG recorder.           131
  • Figure 30. Nexkin™.        132
  • Figure 31. Bloomlife.      134
  • Figure 32. Enfucell wearable temperature tag.    135
  • Figure 33. TempTraQ wearable wireless thermometer.   136
  • Figure 34. Nanowire skin hydration patch.             136
  • Figure 35. NIX sensors.  137
  • Figure 36. Wearable sweat sensor.           137
  • Figure 37. Wearable sweat sensor.           138
  • Figure 38. Gatorade's GX Sweat Patch.   139
  • Figure 39. Sweat sensor incorporated into face mask.      139
  • Figure 40. Lab-on-Skin™.              140
  • Figure 41. D-mine Pump.              141
  • Figure 42.My UV Patch. 142
  • Figure 43. Overview layers of L'Oreal skin patch. 143
  • Figure 44. Digitsole Smartshoe. 144
  • Figure 45. Schematic of smart wound dressing.  146
  • Figure 46. REPAIR electronic patch concept. Image courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.    147
  • Figure 47. Honda Walking Assist.               148
  • Figure 48. Nuheara IQbuds² Max.             150
  • Figure 49. Global medical and healthcare wearables market, 2017-2027, billions $, by product.    152
  • Figure 50. Global market for medical and healthcare sensors and wearables, 2015-2027, by market share of product type.     154
  • Figure 86. Basketball referee Royole fully flexible display.              247
  • Figure 51. Conductive yarns.       248
  • Figure 52. Conductive yarns.       249
  • Figure 53. SEM image of cotton fibers with PEDOT:PSS coating.   250
  • Figure 54. Myant sleeve tracks biochemical indicators in sweat.  257
  • Figure 55. Schematic illustration of the fabrication concept for textile-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) made by sewing textile electrodes onto cloth or paper.     258
  • Figure 56. iStimUweaR . 258
  • Figure 57. Wearable medical technology.              260
  • Figure 58. Global electronic textiles and smart market 2017-2030, revenues (billions USD).Source: Future Markets.                262
  • Figure 59. Global market for electronics and smart textiles, 2017-2027, by market share of product type. 263

 

 

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