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Future Hearables
OverviewJuniper Research’s new Smart Hearables research examines the trends shaping how ear-based wearables, or hearables, are emerging as one of the most promising wearable computing categories.

The research is a must-have guide to a fast-moving and diverse space, covering the disruptive potential of this category, the technologies powering the hearables market expansion, and competitive analysis across the following categories:
  • Assistive Hearables
  • Fitness Hearables
  • Multimedia Hearables
  • Digital Assistant Hearables
  • Other Ear-based Devices
This research includes:
  • Market Trends & Opportunities (PDF)
  • 5 Year Market Sizing & Forecast Spreadsheet (Excel).

Key Features

  • Technological Capabilities & Use Analysis. Exploration of hearables’ use cases and the technology that enables them.
  • Strategic Trends Analysis: Impact assessment of key trends across the space as a whole, and outline of the business models most likely to succeed in market.
  • Vendors Assessment: Positioning & strategic evaluation of a range of players in the hearables market.
  • Benchmark Industry Forecasts: 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 impact will related legislation have on this new market?
  5. Where will these devices have their greatest success?

Companies Referenced

Amazon, Apple, Beltone, Bose, Bragi, Fitbit, Google, Jabra, LifeBEAM, Microsoft, Motorola, NuHeara, Nura, NXP, Oticon, Plugable, ReSound, Samsung, Sonos, Sony, Spotify, Starkey, Strava, Valencell, Vicartek, Waverly Labs, YONO Labs.

Data & Interactive Forecast

Juniper’s Smart Hearables forecast suite includes:
  • Installed base of hearables, annual shipments and associated hardware revenues.
  • Use case splits, covering the following sectors:
    • Assistive hearables
    • Fitness hearables
    • Multimedia hearables
    • Other ear-based devices
  • Data splits for Digital Assistant Hearables
  • Form factor splits for:
    • Binaural
    • Monoaural
  • 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 64 tables and over 6,000 data points.
Juniper Research’s highly granular interactive excels enable clients to manipulate Juniper’s forecast data and charts to test their own assumptions using the Interactive Scenario Tool; and compare select markets side by side in customised charts and tables. IFxls greatly increase clients’ ability to both understand a particular market and to integrate their own views into the model.

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Future Hearables: Strategies, Opportunities & Forecasts 2017-2022

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Our latest Smart Hearables 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 discusses key developments affecting the evolution of each market 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. In-depth analysis of current hearable devices, and discussion of the future evolution of the market.
  2. Key market trends accompanied by an assessment of how technological developments will affect the market.
  3. Assessment of 11 key hearables players through a Juniper Player Positioning Quadrant, covering:
    1. Apple
    2. Beltone
    3. Bose
    4. Bragi
    5. Google
    6. Jabra
    7. LifeBEAM
    8. NuHeara
    9. Nura
    10. Opticon
    11. Samsung
    12. Sony
    13. Waverly Labs
  4. Benchmark industry forecasts for key metrics, including:
    1. The installed base and shipments of hearables for the following segments:
      1. Assistive hearables
      2. Fitness hearables
      3. Multimedia hearables
      4. Other ear-based devices
      5. Digital assistant hearables
    2. Form factor forecasts for monoaural and binaural hearables
    3. Average selling price for each hardware segment ($), and associated revenues ($m), split by region and country
  5. Interactive Excel: Highly granular dataset comprising more than 6,000 datapoints, allowing clients to compare select markets side by side in customised charts and tables (Interactive XL).

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  • Research related queries
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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, Japan, UK, USA

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