Taipei, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 03:59 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
24°C
Digitimes Research: Kickstarter wearables expand presence in sleep tracking industry
AL Huang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Tuesday 2 September 2014]

Several companies, and their related new wearable device concepts, have finished fund raising using the Kickstarter platform, with these devices being split into two major categories: devices that can help users sleep - such as NeuroOn, Aurora and Sense; and devices that can alert users to fatigue - such as Spark and Vigo. Digitimes Research believes these wearable devices will gradually replace existing bulky and expensive sleep-based medical devices and trigger more sleep-related application ideas in the future.

Throughout July 2014 Kickstarter featured several new sleep-related wearable devices, most of which were able to meet or surpass their funding requirements on Kickstarter. The devices promoted DIY services and user-friendly functions for monitoring sleep patterns, and have overall attracted no shortage of consumer interest, indicating that demand for such products is high in places such as North America. Amid such developments, US-based National Sleep Foundation and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) have now solidified new standards and protocol for such sleep-related products to follow.

In terms of devices shaping these trends that can help users sleep, NeuroOn is equipped with the most advanced features, including brain wave and muscle tension measurements with an overall emphasis on Polyphasic Sleep, while Sense is more price competitive and geared toward activity tracker functionality and environment monitoring. Aurora's focus meanwhile is on Lucid Dreams and how humans can further their understanding with them.

There are also fatigue measurement devices such as Spark, which is meant to detect the body dozing off and send alarms to wake the person. Vigo also is equipped with similar features and also recommends users when they should rest.

Given the wide range of products now available to users and that many industry experts estimate 1/5 of people suffer from sleep problems, such devices are expected to continue growing in markets across the globe and will also spur demand for new wearable devices related to health as well as sleep improvement and health monitoring in the future, Digitimes Research believes.

Content from this blog post was provided by the Digitimes Research Tracking team, which focuses on shipment data and market trends in the global mobile device supply chain. Digitimes Research provides quarterly tracking services for market sectors such as Global Tablet, China Smartphone, China Smartphone AP, China Touch Panel, Taiwan ICT and Taiwan FPD. Click here for more information about Digitimes Research Tracking services.

Realtime news
  • Catcher Technology 1Q15 net operating profit hits record

    IT + CE | 5h 39min ago

  • HTC looks to mild sales growth in 2Q15

    Mobile + telecom | 5h 42min ago

  • AUO reports decline in 1Q15 performance

    Displays | 5h 45min ago

  • Asustek, Acer beef up marketing of gaming notebooks

    IT + CE | 5h 49min ago

  • Global HDD demand to keep falling, says HGST executive

    IT + CE | 5h 54min ago

  • Nanya nets NT$2.61 per share for 1Q15

    Bits + chips | 6h 5min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan IC design industry output value to rise 14.3% in 2Q15

    Bits + chips | 6h 33min ago

  • More wearable device vendors looking to in-house developed platforms for smartwatches

    IT + CE | 6h 34min ago

  • AUO talks strategy as China makers expand facilities

    Displays | 6h 36min ago

  • Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments decline 17.5% sequentially in 1Q15

    Mobile + telecom | 6h 40min ago

  • Senao Networks 1Q15 net profit hits record

    Before Going to Press | 6h 49min ago

  • HTC to raise outsourcing in 2015, says CFO

    Before Going to Press | 6h 50min ago

  • Holtek 2Q15 revenues to rise 10-15%

    Before Going to Press | 6h 51min ago

  • HTC looks to mild sales growth for 2H15

    Before Going to Press | 6h 52min ago

  • Global LCD TV panel shipments grow 11% on year in March

    Before Going to Press | 6h 57min ago

  • Macronix, Etron reportedly looking to tap MCP memory market

    Before Going to Press | 6h 57min ago

  • Touch embedded solutions expected to hold 15% penetration for China vendors in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 6h 57min ago

  • Synnex Technology to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$3.30

    Before Going to Press | 6h 59min ago

  • Gamania nets NT$2.05 per share for 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | 6h 59min ago

  • China unlikely to develop home-grown DRAM technology within five years, say Nanya and Inotera

    Before Going to Press | 7h ago

  • Edison Opto nets NT$0.03 per share for 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | 7h ago

  • Digitimes Research: Broadcom, Cavium, AMCC lead in adopting ARM server processors

    Before Going to Press | 7h 3min ago

  • Nanya nets NT$2.61 per share for 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | 7h 4min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
How China is shaping the LTE/TD-LTE market in 2015
Trends and forecasts for the China FPD industry, 2014-2017
Demand and supply trends in the global sapphire industry, 2014-2015
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.