Smart Glasses to Ship Less Than 10 Million Units per annum by 2017, Juniper Research Finds

But Enterprise, Healthcare Segments to Spur Longer Term Consumer Adoption

Hampshire, UK – 4th November 2014: A new report by Juniper Research has found that a combination of lengthy time-to-market and lack of a key consumer use case has resulted in low levels of shipments and adoption in the smart glasses space. The report, Smart Glasses: Consumer, Enterprise and Healthcare Strategies and Forecasts 2014-2019, estimated that shipments were unlikely to exceed 10 million per annum until 2018.

Juniper Research expects sales to be buoyed slightly by fresh releases by several key players in 2015-2016, including Samsung, Recon Instruments and Osterhout Design Group. At this point, the report argues that greater utility within the enterprise and healthcare segments is likely to spur development until the devices catch on outside these markets.

The Slow Path to Social Acceptance

The report also found that smart glasses continue to raise privacy and safety concerns from many consumers and government bodies. It argued that these need to be addressed or assuaged before the devices become accepted, although prices and their status as supplementary devices mean that smart glasses will remain niche for the medium-term.

According to the report, smart glasses development is at a comparable stage to smartphones in the early 2000s, primarily focused on the enterprise. As workplaces are likely to share devices between users, rather than purchase devices in bulk for all their employees, this will result in high investment but low shipment volumes to the enterprise for the next five years.

Other Key Findings Include:

  • Android will remain the dominant smart glasses OS (operating system), although the anticipated release of the Samsung Gear Blink in 2015 will bring Tizen into the space.
  • Most current smart glasses software is supplied on a bespoke basis to enterprise users. Visible software progress across the industry will remain low outside a few showcased achievements until software-sharing spaces emerge.

The whitepaper, A Future In View for Smart Glasses? is available to download from the Juniper Research website together with further details of the full report and the attendant Smart Glasses IFxl.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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