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Top 10 Wearables Kickstarter Projects of 2014

Whether its something to wear or a device to strap on, wearable technology is receiving enthusiastic attention from consumers. Any OEM that wants to jump on the bandwagon, though, had better get the supply chain ready.

Clearly, wearable technology has captured the imagination of electronics designers, which are cranking out ideas for glasses, jewelry, headgear, belts, armwear, wristwear, legwear, footwear, skin patches, exoskeletons, e-textiles, and more. Accounting for only $14 billion in sales in 2014, the market will explode to reach $70 billion in 2024, according to an IDTechEx research report (subscription required).

If Kickstarter is any indication, end users are anxious enough to plunk down their own hard-earned cash to make new wearable technology happen. Click the image below to review to most popular 2014 Kickstarter campaigns for wearable technology.

Wearables Market at a Glance

(Image: IDTechEx)

(Image: IDTechEx)

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4 comments on “Top 10 Wearables Kickstarter Projects of 2014

  1. SP
    January 6, 2015

    E-textiles is one of the very interesting wearable technology. Wearable market is huge and it's just not really started. Imagine your clothes have all the basic I information you need when you step out of house. No need of carrying any Handbag… Not remembering any passwords …the life would be great… There are issues also though … Can all if your wardrobe have all the data … Will it come in your designs and colours…and how about washing them

  2. Daniel
    January 6, 2015

    “Clearly, wearable technology has captured the imagination of electronics designers, which are cranking out ideas for glasses, jewelry, headgear, belts, armwear, wristwear, legwear, footwear, skin patches, exoskeletons, e-textiles, and more. Accounting for only $14 billion in sales in 2014, the market will explode to reach $70 billion in 2024, “

    Hailey, there is no doubt that wearable technologies are going to be a boom in electronic industry. Many companies like Samsung, Apple, Google, LG etc have ventured into market with various products. But recent market study shows that Google glass is a failure and this made companies to think about redesign their products with better use cases and functionality.

  3. Daniel
    January 6, 2015

    “E-textiles is one of the very interesting wearable technology. Wearable market is huge and it's just not really started. Imagine your clothes have all the basic I information you need when you step out of house. No need of carrying any Handbag… Not remembering any passwords …the life would be great… There are issues also though … Can all if your wardrobe have all the data … Will it come in your designs and colours…and how about washing them”

    SP, you may be right about clothes. But other wearable gadgets like Google glass, Samsung gears etc are available with market. These devices can be design in such a way that it can embed anywhere. Other forms of wearable devices like collar and embedded chips (below skin) are using with wild animals, for health monitoring, tacking their movements and for behavioral study.

  4. prabhakar_deosthali
    January 7, 2015

    All these kickstarter project show a very promsing variety of wearables which would look like normal wearables but with smart functionality, many of them generating their own power from the wearer's body movements.

     

    This is really exciting. The gadjets like “Dream Enhancer”, or polyphase sleep analyser would open a new area of analysis for the psychotherapists , I suppose.

     

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