June 10, 2016 2:55:57 pm
Ericsson ConsumerLab has unveiled its ConsumerLab report, ‘Wearable technology and the internet of things’; which reveals the top five most wanted wearables. According to the report, devices related to personal safety and security, such as panic buttons and personal locators are most popular.
The survey was conducted across five markets and here are the top five wearables with the percentage of people interested in buying:
1. Panic/SOS button (32 per cent)
2. Smartwatch (28 per cent)
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3. Wearable Location Tracker (27 per cent)
4. Identity Authenticator (25 per cent)
5. Wearable Water Purifier (24 per cent)
The report is based on a survey conducted on 5,000 smartphone users, out of which 2,500 are use wearables. The users were based in Brazil, China, South Korea, the UK and the US. The Ericsson data further reveal the a wearables market could witness a boom beyond 2020.
The Ericsson report further says wearables might replace smartphones and help users interact with physical things. “However, consumers predict it will take at least another year for the current generation of wearables to go mainstream,” the report says.
Also, two in five (43 per cent) smartphone users expect wearables will replace smartphones. And as wearables get smarter, the smartphone screen may become less significant.
“Early signs of detachment from smartphones are visible today with 40 per cent of today’s smartwatch users already interacting less with their smartphones,” Jasmeet Singh Sethi, Consumer Insight Expert, Ericsson ConsumerLab said.
Ericsson report says people beleive that ingestible pills and chips under the skin will be commonly used in the next five years – not only to track vital health data, but also to unlock doors, authenticate transactions and identity, and to control objects.
“In five years’ time, walking around with an ingestible sensor, which tracks your body temperature and adjusts the thermostat setting automatically once you arrive home, may be a reality,” Sing Sethi says.
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