Wearable wireless medical devices to top 100 million units annually by 2016

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Ultra-low power wireless technologies such as single mode Bluetooth 4.0, existing proprietary, and the planned 802.15.6 specifications are combining with mobile handsets and social networking application capabilities to drive adoption of a new generation of body-worn sensors. These sensors have the capability of automating details on an individual’s activities to inform friends and drive advice and feedback.

“A number of short range wireless protocols are jostling for position in this emerging market and they line up against traditional tethered connectivity such as a USB cable to a computer as well as emerging M2M offerings,” says Jonathan Collins, principal analyst, wireless healthcare and M2M.
While the sports and fitness market has been embedding proprietary short-range wireless connectivity in devices for many years, it has remained a niche market. The market is now reaching a key growth period with support and commitment to standardized specifications. The professional healthcare market is also starting to look at the potential for embedded wireless communication in wearable devices for in-hospital and remote patient care.

ABI Research’s report, “Wireless Health and Fitness,” assesses the market opportunity for wireless enabled devices and communications within the home and consumer market. Analysis and forecasts are split across three broad categories: sports, fitness and wellbeing; home monitoring; and remote patient monitoring.
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