Healthcare gets wireless boost
Smartphone-compatible smart monitors set for surge in supply by 2017
A new breed of wireless health and fitness devices that connect to smartphones and tablets is set to hit the market over the coming years. Machines that monitor weight and chronic diseases as well as training aids will number 110 million units in 2017, compared with 10 million this year, according to Juniper Research.
Firms such as Nike and Jawbone Up are educating users on how mobile devices can be used to keep users in touch with their health data. In the healthcare sector the devices can be used for managing chronic disease such as diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
"Smart Wireless Accessories will become an important tool for the self-management of chronic disease, although more complex mHealth ecosystems will require bespoke devices, partly because the smartphone is not yet seen as a medical tool" says Anthony Cox. "This means that bespoke mHealth devices will also develop," he says.
Juniper Research found a surprising diversity of players within the smart wireless accessories market observing that the market is characterised by both new entrants, such as Square and iZettle, and established players, such as the sportswear brands Nike and Adidas.