The market for smart clothing and body sensors is developing rapidly, with a proliferation of form factors and a high level of innovation in the use cases and application markets being served, according to a new report from Tractica.
According to the report, the long-term market opportunity is particularly large for body sensors given the diversity of device types being developed and the specialized applications being pursued. The market intelligence firm expects that healthcare will be one of the biggest markets for these sensors, particularly connected wearable patches, but other key application markets will include consumer, sports, enterprise, and industrial.
Tractica forecasts that cumulative worldwide shipments of smart clothing and body sensors will total 190 million units between 2015 and 2021, with annual shipments reaching 92.7 million devices by the end of that period. The firm anticipates that body sensors will represent approximately 70 percent of the total market, with smart clothing accounting for about 30 percent.
“Smart clothing and body sensors can be considered the ultimate wearables, integrating into your life as a garment, footwear, or sensor device that can track or measure a specific physiological or biometric attribute,” said research director Aditya Kaul. “Unlike fitness trackers, smart watches, or smart glasses, which have fairly well-defined form factors and use cases, smart clothing and body sensors are seeing a greater degree of experimentation and innovation. The applications for these devices span a range of markets including high fashion, medical devices, professional apparel, professional sports, mental wellness and baby monitors, to name a few.”