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Future Hearables & Smart Audio
OverviewJuniper Research’s new Smart Audio research examines the trends shaping how audio technology and computing are merging, in the form of both wireless speakers and ear-based wearables. Our must-have research analyses the developing technologies and capabilities of this emerging space, as well as providing forecasts for the many use cases:
  • Digital Assistant ear-based devices
  • Fitness ear-based devices
  • Multimedia ear-based devices
  • Other ear-based devices
  • Unit-based smart audio devices
The research service provides a set of comprehensive 5-year forecasts, alongside an in-depth analysis of market trends and opportunities, enabling industry stakeholders to understand the implications of the key drivers and disruptive factors across the smart audio sector.

Key Features

  • Exploration of smart audio accessories use cases and the technology that enables them.
  • Impact assessment of key trends across the space as a whole.
  • Category and form-factor-based device installed base and shipment forecasts, including attendant revenues projections.

Key Questions

  1. What are the key technologies and capabilities for ear-based wearables?
  2. What use cases does the wearables boom bring to the headphone market?
  3. What are the macro trends that will influence this sector in the coming years?
  4. What form factors and use cases are prevalent?
  5. Where will these devices have their greatest success?

Companies Referenced

Amazon, Apple, Argo Design, ASICS, Bragi, Cities Unlocked Project, Deezer, Doppler Labs, Earin, Garmin, Google, Jabra, Jawbone, Kickstarter, Kuai, Microsoft, Motorola, Napster, Nuheara, Pandora, Pure Music, Resound, Rhapsody, Samsung, Skype, Songza, Sony, Spotify, Starkey, Tidal, TomTom, Waverly Labs, Xperia, Yassen Dobrev, YONO.

Data & Interactive Forecast

Juniper’s Smart Audio forecast suite includes:
  • Installed base of hearables and other portable smart audio devices, annual shipments and associated hardware revenues.
  • Use case splits, covering the following sectors:
    • Digital Assistant ear-based devices
    • Fitness ear-based devices
    • Multimedia ear-based devices
    • Other ear-based devices
    • Unit-based smart audio devices
  • Regional data splits for 8 key regions as well as country level splits for:
    • Canada
    • China
    • Germany
    • India
    • Japan
    • UK
    • USA
    • Access to the full set of forecast data of 61 tables and over 6,500 data points.
Our highly granular Interactive Excels enable clients to manipulate Juniper’s forecast data and charts. This allows clients to test their own assumptions and compare select markets side by side in customised charts and tables. Interactive Excels greatly increase a clients’ ability to both understand a particular market and to integrate their own views into the model.

Research Options

All research reports now come with an enterprise-wide licence

Future Hearables & Smart Audio: Roadmap, Opportunities & Forecasts 2016-2021

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Our new Smart Audio research shows how audio technology and computing are merging, and what this means for these markets and the future of computing. It discusses prevalent trends in the marketplace and outlines a clear roadmap for the evolution of the sector in the coming years, as well as providing a highly detailed forecast suite for key regional and country markets.
The research suite includes:
  1. Key market trends accompanied by an assessment of how technological developments will affect the market.
  2. Analysis of each smart audio accessories sector, detailing the way in which these segments will grow and change in the coming years.
  3. Benchmark industry forecasts for key metrics, including:
  • The installed base of hearables and portable smart audio accessories and annual shipments, split by region, country, segment and form factor (mono-aural and binaural).
  • Average selling price for each hardware segment ($), and associated revenues ($m), split by region and country.
Interactive Excel – highly granular dataset comprising more than 6,500 datapoints, allowing clients to compare select markets side by side in customised charts and tables (Interactive XL).

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30 minutes of support time on the telephone with one of our expert analysts.

Analyst support is provided for the following areas:
  • Research related queries
  • Clarifying methodologies, forecast assumptions and forecast outputs
  • Identification of key market trends and opportunities

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Research Details

James Moar
Smart Devices
8 Key Regions - includes North America, Latin America, West Europe, Central & East Europe, Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Rest of Asia Pacific and Africa & Middle East
Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, UK, USA

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