Wearable sensors, smart mobile devices, MEMS sensors and a robust developer community have moved sports and fitness mobile sensing from early adopter to the mass market. Enabled by low power wireless technologies such as ANT and Bluetooth Smart, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness solutions are quickly expanding to other health and wellness markets.
With $800 million in venture funding and hundreds of products, 2013 is becoming a pivotal year for health and fitness mobile sensing. In this report, we cover the major mobile sensing sports and fitness market segments, technologies and an in-depth evaluation of 200 mobile sensing products.
In particular, we focus on the following developments:
• Wearable Wireless Sensors
• Smart Mobile Devices & Mobile Apps
• Smart Watches
By 2017, there will be 500 million annual sensor shipments for mobile sensing fitness and health applications and two-thirds of these will be for activity tracking.
However, growth will not be equal for all markets. Some dedicated sports and fitness products will be disrupted by the emergence of new general purpose mobile sensing products, most notably smart watches.
Also, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness device manufacturers face intense competition from smartphones/tablets makers and app developers targeting increasingly sophisticated and integrated mobile device sensors such as accelerometers, digital compasses and altimeters.
Based on input from nearly 2,000 individuals, this report analyzes sports and fitness mobile (carry-able and wearable) sensing devices with built in communication systems.
addition to covering dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness devices, apps and subscriptions we provide forecasts and analysis on the impact from general purpose smart devices such as smartphones, tablets and smart watches.
The report also presents the key findings from three separate surveys with online consumers, early technology adopters and developers conducted in late 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.
This report is based on phone interviews and surveys with 2,000 individuals including consumers, manufacturers, developers and suppliers as well as 1,000s of product reviews.
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