Ten predictions for the mobile health market

By Chris Gullo

BodyMedia Fit ArmbandBy 2016: 100M wearable wireless sensors

The market for wearable devices will exceed 100 million units annually by 2016, reported ABI Research in a study released this summer. A study released by ABI last June estimated that 80 million of those units would be fitness sensors.

According to ABI, adoption over the next five years will be driven by devices, ranging from heart rate monitors to wearable blood glucose meters, in both consumer (sports, fitness) and clinical settings. New, low-power wireless technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0 will combine with social networking and smartphone integration to drive adoption.