Is the wareable industry in trouble?

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It’s hard to tell if there are problems within the wareable industry because many people only class smart watches as falling in to that category.

Motorola no longer seems keen on the genre, but that may be related to Google’s tardiness in supplying software updates.

Pebble was just sold to FitBit for the equivalent of its debt, but that may be because Pebble watches are not very good, never have been.

Jawbone is supposedly in trouble which I don’t understand because the products are decent, but even FitBit has suffered from rumours concerning its finances.

And then there is Apple who refuses to say what the Apple Watch numbers actually are. They may be more transparent than others when it comes to numbers, but not so with the watch so far.

I don’t know if it is in trouble or not, but truth be told I am not seeing many more smart watches or fitness trackers on people’s wrists than I was 6 months or a year ago.

What do you think? Is this sector likely to grow and grow and perhaps this is a natural blip or does it have little long-term future?

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2 replies

  1. If we’re talking wearables in general, I expect the market will grow over time. It’s really still in its infancy.

    Most (?) people would like something that would conveniently give them the time and other information. That said, they also want something relatively unobtrusive and more convenient than hauling out their smartphone. They also want a generalized device.

    Are headphones wearables? They’re not considered as such but they are. Apple has tied their upcoming AirPods into Siri. Presumably you could get any information that can be purely audible.

    Google glass was fine as a prototype. I see that idea being embedded in glasses and sunglasses so that it looks more natural. I can also see an earbud attachment that provides visual and audible information.

    And eventually there will be implantables.

  2. People are still mainly focused on their mobiles. They want better battery lives on a 5’5 screen average. Quick charging seems to be keeping people happy. People seem more interested in controlling their lights and what not away from home more than needning to know what’s going on in their pocket on their smartphone on their wrists. It only makes sense if you’re into fitness.

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