Even the Growth Estimates are Growing Rapidly in Wearables

Last week, IDC released the latest update to the Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker and the report was interesting on several levels. First, the numbers:

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Introducing BioPack

Today Valencell introduced BioPack, the world’s first highly-accurate, pre-packaged biometric sensor system. Valencell has had highly accurate biometric sensor technology for some time now, so you may be asking what’s new about BioPack?

Before we answer that it’s important to know why we launched BioPack. We found we were encountering two situations fairly regularly over the last 12-18 months:

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Wearables Need to Connect the Dots Between Fitness and Health

Market adoption for wearables has been growing at extraordinary rates in the last year (163% according to IDC) and is expected to continue rapid growth through the next 4-5 years. The majority of that growth has been from relatively young and fit people tracking their levels of fitness and activity in one form or another. 

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Optical Heart Rate Monitoring: What You Need to Know

We get quite a few inquiries here at Valencell about optical heart rate monitoring and how it works. So we put together this guide to provide some answers to some of the most common questions we get on optical heart rate monitoring. This is a long post, so here’s a quick outline in case you want to jump to a particular section:

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Fitness Trackers Hindered By 3 Misconceptions

Outside Magazine has an article on fitness trackers in their October 2015 issue that highlights 3 key misconceptions that have hindered the industry and mass adoption of fitness trackers and wearables. Author John Bradley (@johnwbradley) spent two months testing 16 different fitness trackers in search of the "ultimate fitness tracker" and the conclusions he came to are spot on:

1. There is no perfect fitness tracker for everyone

2. The wearables and fitness tracker industry is both succeeding and failing at the same time

Here's why (highlights are mine):

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What if there is no "killer app" for wearables?

Check out Dr. Steven LeBoeuf's presentation at the 2015 Rockstars of Wearables conference on "What if there is no 'killer app' for wearables?" Instead of one primary killer app or use case for wearables, there are likely to be hundreds use cases across many different industries and markets that wearables will enable. The form factors, data, and user interfaces will likely be very different, but the key is to understand that the wearable devices are one part of a comprehensive user experience that supports achieving specific goals or objectives.

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Are You Listening to What Your Heart Is Telling You?

Wearable technology is getting a lot of attention these days and for good reason. These devices are becoming increasingly more integrated into our daily lives and are providing new insights into our personal activity and fitness levels. According to IDC Research, the worldwide wearables market will reach 45.7 million units shipped by the end of 2015 and 126.1 million units in 2019, indicating a compound annual growth rate over 45%.

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Optical Heart Rate Measurement Top 5 Challenges

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recently named fitness trackers as one of the fastest growing consumer electronic products in American households.

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Are Wearables a Fad or Are They Living up to Their Many Promises?

The July issue of Healthcare Innovation News featured Dr. Steven LeBoeuf answering the question: Are Wearables a Fad or Are They Living up to Their Many Promises? Here's his response:

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Thinking of buying a fitness band? 5 things to consider

Had a note awhile back from the folks at Valencell, a company that develops biometric sensor technology. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it until that email, but there no doubt are tons of other companies I’ve never heard of either!

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