2018 was another strong year for wearables, smartwatches and fitness trackers, as their abilities grew, and so too did demand from consumers keen to use them.
Just as smartphone sales begin to slow, falling victim to a stagnant and expensive market where consumers held onto their purchases for longer than ever, more affordable wearables are on the up.
Analysts IDC predict global wearable sales to double over the next four years, as companies look to take advantage of consumer demand for quantifying their activity and keep closer checks on their health.
With devices like the Apple Watch Series 4 - able to take an ECG reading in the US — the wearable market is going to mature through 2019, as manufacturers of consumer tech edge ever closer to the medical tech industry.
Here's a look at what wearables — including smartwatches and fitness trackers — we expect to see in 2019.
French fitness tech company Withings bought itself back from Nokia in 2018 and relaunched with the new Steel HR Sport, an attractive, well-priced and feature-packed hybrid watch. For 2019, we hope to see the company release new wearables, as well as updates to its range of health-tech devices, like its sleep tracker, simply called the Sleep, and its smart scales.
We predict that 2019 will be a big year for fitness and health tech, and feel that Withings is in a great position to captialize on this with attractive and affordable devices. Updates to its Steel and Steel HR watches would be very welcome, along with a new range of luxury watch straps and updates to its Health Mate smartphone app.
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