This Week in Wearables is our weekly blog curating the best stories on wearables from around the web.
Have Wearables In Women’s Health Reached A Turning Point?
via Forbes, by Jennifer Elias
95 years after gaining the right to vote, The League of Women Voters are lobbying on the agenda of healthcare expansion which, for some, means looking to technology for solutions. Though past consumer electronic products haven’t proved favorable toward women—even though they are the majority users—the next generation of wearables hopes to change that.
Wearables in the Workplace
via CIO, by Josh Erwin
Wearable technology is here, but we’re still early in the lifecycle. If you’re like me and already wearing an Android smartwatch, Apple Watch, Pebble or Fitbit, you’re still comfortably in the realm of “early adopter.” Wearables haven’t yet achieved their iPhone moment, when this new category of device reaches mass adoption and begins to invade the workplace. However, the ability to more easily receive alerts and notifications – a streamlined, personal way to filter information and prioritize actions – is already catching the attention of developers, and has certainly streamlined my workdays quite a bit.
Report: Apple Watch Accounted For Two-Thirds of Smart Wearables Shipped in Q2 2015
via Digital Tends, by Jason Hahn
After its first quarter joining the ranks of companies manufacturing wearable devices, Apple finished No. 2, behind Fitbit and ahead of Xiaomi. Apple’s strong debut in the wearables market is both good and bad for its competitors, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). Apple shipped 3.6 million units of its only wearable device, the Apple Watch, in the second quarter of 2015, giving the company 19.9 percent of the global market. About two of every three smart wearables shipped in the quarter was an Apple Watch, according to Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers.
Wearables & Getting Closer to the Consumer
via Media Post, by Chuck Martin
Wearables are a relatively big deal. This doesn’t mean that everyone will be wearing something with embedded sensing technology any time soon. However, the size of the market continues to grow even as it evolves into what is being worn. One of the hottest wearable devices, of course, is the Apple Watch, which Best Buy will be selling in all of its 1,000 big box stores by the end of next month. Apple will sell around 20 million watches by the end of this year, according to a forecast by CCS Insight. That would account for a quarter of the wearable market. That forecast has sales of wearables growing to 172 million in three years.
Apple and Boeing partner with DoD on wearables initiatve
via Fortune, by Barb Darrow
On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will help kick off a new partnership between the Obama Administration and an array of tech players including Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Boeing to create next-generation wearable technology for U.S. armed forces, according to VentureBeat and other reports.
The goal of this public-private partnership, which will be based in Silicon Valley, is to come up with wearable gadgets that monitor the wearer’s vital signs or other data without restricting his or her range of motion or becoming a distraction in what could be dangerous circumstances.