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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Existing Wearable Technology Landscape

Increasing demand for fast, powerful, efficient and affordable mobile devices has driven the creation of highly portable hardware and the robust infrastructure needed to support a flourishing ecosystem of wearable devices. The wearable industry’s massive potential has spurred large companies such as Samsung and Google to launch their own wearable products, transforming how once skeptical investors and entrepreneurs view the space. The industry may still be in its early stages, but the number of companies developing wearables is fast expanding. With this growth comes an increase in overall product diversity. To help demonstrate this massive growth, we have created an infographic (below) that identifies the major players within the space and showcases the infrastructure companies that support these new devices in order to help paint a more detailed picture of the taxonomical state of the wearables industry.

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Let’s start by defining both the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable technology. To put it simply, the IoT is comprised of any device, often referred to as a smart device, that connects to the Internet. Wearables are devices that are worn on the human body. It’s important to understand that this infographic is focused on where wearables and IoT overlap, but there are many wearables lacking an Internet connection that are not represented in this infographic.

In order to find the key players, we created a large index of wearable tech companies. Once we built an extensive list, we began to research and categorize each company, identifying the major trends in the industry. We constructed this infographic based on two major ideas -

1. Wearable devices can be naturally categorized by their form factor and location on the human body.

2. Each category of wearable devices can be filtered into shared subcategories based on the benefits they provide to the user.

Segmenting companies by form factor and where they are worn revealed that the most prominent forms of wearables are smart bands, watches, glasses, jewelry, clothing and various types of headgear. The three main subcategories shared by these form factors were:

  • Lifestyle: Wearables that enhance or simplify everyday tasks and activities
  • Entertainment: Wearables that function primarily to provide enjoyment to the user in the form of  music, games or movies
  • Health & Fitness: Wearables that give insight to the user by showing personal body data, typically to empower or motivate the user

Our infographic also highlights the base infrastructure, showing the companies that support the wearables ecosystem. Companies featured here are involved in the development and manufacturing of hardware components used in wearables like sensors and processors. We have also chosen to include companies that provide cloud, network and security services. A healthy infrastructure lays the framework for the entire industry and facilitates the expansion of the ecosystem.

Come Meet these and over 1500 other members of the Wearable World at the 2nd annual GLAZEDcon Event.
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For a more complete list of wearable devices, find our index below.

Adidas

Angel

Archos

Atheer Labs

Athos

Atlas

Augmi Labs

Autographer

Avegant

Basis

bia

Bionym

Biosensics

Biovotion

Bragi

BSX Insight

Buhel

Ca7ch

Catapult

Clothing+

Contour

Cookoo

Cuff

Dew Motion

Drumpants

Emopulse

Emotiv

Epiphany Eyewear

Epson

Erogear

eSight

Evena Medical

Fashion Teq

Fatigue Science

Filip

Fin

First Sign

FitBark

Fitbit

Fitbug

Flyfit

Foc.us

Garmin

Geak

GlassUp

Google Glass

GoPro

GTX Corp

Halo

Heapsylon

HereO

Hexoskin

Hyginex

I’m Watch

Innovega

inPulse

Instabeat

Intelclinic

IntelligentM

InteraXon

iRhythm

Jawbone

Jaybird

Kapture

KeyGlove

Keyrious

Ki Fit

Kiwi Wearables

Kopin

Kreyos

KwameCorp

Laster Technologies

LG Electronics

Limmex

Liquid Image

Lumo

Lumus

Martian Watches

Meta

MetaWatch

Mevu

Mio

Misfit Wearables

Moov

Motorola

Mutewatch

Mykronoz

Narrative

NEC

Neptune

Netatmo

Neumitra

NeuroSky

NFC Ring

Nike+

Nod

NuMetrex

Nuubo

NYX Devices

NZN Labs

Oakley

Oculus

Omate

OMsignal

Optinvent

Orcam

Owlet

Pebble

PH Technical Labs

Phosphor

Phyode

Pivothead

Plantiga

Plantronics

Playtabase

Polar

Preventice

Push

Qardio

Qualcomm Toq

Razer

Re-Timer

Recon Instruments

Reebok

Reevu

Rest Devices

Ridogulous

Ringblingz

Ringly

Runtastic

Samsung Gear

Sense6

Sensible Baby

Sensilk

Sensoree

Skully Helmets

Smart Monitor

Smart Pj’s

Smartlife

SmartMove

Smarty Ring

Sony

Sotera Wireless

Sproutling

Suunto

sWaP

SyncStrength

T.Ware

Tagg

Tarsier

Technical Illusions

Tele-Pathy

Textronics

Thalmic Labs

ThumbTrack

Tractive

Under Armour

V.I.O

Vigo

Voyce

Vuzix

Wearable Experiments

WearIT

Wellograph

WeOn Glasses

Whistle

Withings

XOEye

Zackees

Zeal Optics

Don’t miss out! Come Meet these and over 1500 other members of the Wearable World at the 2nd annual GLAZEDcon Event.
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If your company would like to be included in future content like this infographic, please contact craig@wearableworld.co



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