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Business and Technology Insight Forums Osaka 2016

All Insight Forums will be conducted in English

September 26-28, 2016 | Osaka, Japan

Grand Cube Osaka (Osaka International Convention Center)
5-3-51, Nakanoshima Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005 JAPAN

Rooms: 801/802

Wearable Technology:
From E-Textiles to AR/VR


The introduction of widespread wearable technology within consumer electronics markets has been one defining feature of 2014 and 2015. Many of these products are direct derivatives of technology from the mobile phone, using commodity components and a 'components-in-a-box' design. The next generations of wearable technology are beginning to move beyond the box and beyond the wrist, with key product areas like smart eyewear, smart clothing and skin patches approaching commercial readiness.

This session will look at the entire wearable technology industry, which IDTechEx analysts estimate to be worth around $38bn in 2015. This ranges from prominent incumbents (including electronic wristwatches, headphones, hearing aids, and alike) to key growth sectors (including smartwatches and activity trackers), and sectors which have significant growth potential (smart eyewear, e-textiles, skin patches, etc.). IDTechEx have produced detailed market forecasts for all of these categories and more, concluding that the wearable technology industry as a whole will reach $110bn by 2026.

This session will also break down the value chain which feeds the industry today, emphasizing key unmet needs and progress throughout. At the materials level, there is a significant focus on the interaction between electronics and textiles, and the inks, adhesives and encapsulation required for this process are key. Whilst e-textile products have been around for over 15 years, they have failed to reach large markets so far. However, with large players investing and entering the market rapidly, this is set to change in the near future.

Made-for-wearable sensor platforms are beginning to mature, where new combinations of sensors can provide new insights from data. Displays account for over 50% of the power consumption in a typical high-end smartwatch, so low power displays are increasingly popular in many wearable products. Haptics provide a key user interface, and many players are starting to move beyond the ERM motor that has been the dominant incumbent for many years. Finally, we will address the power problem. With the historic rate of progress in batteries lagging behind other components, there is a constant battle between battery life and increasing functionality. We will address the trends in batteries, but also the impact of other key techniques including energy harvesting and wireless charging.

All of these developments will shape the future of the wearable technology industry, and this forum will provide insight into technology, key players and key trends behind each. This class provides a comprehensive overview of all of the key technologies, sectors and players across this fragmented and diverse industry.

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Forum 3 / Agenda

27 September / Morning / Rooms 801/802

IDTechEx Japanese Analysts Yasuo Yamamoto and Miwako Murakoshi, will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion.

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 8:30 - 9:10
  • Registration
  • 9:10 - 9:20

Introduction to Wearable Technology

Compiled by James Hayward, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Definitions, background and history
  • Product sectors today
  • 9:20 - 09:45

Wearable Technology Forecast Overviews

Compiled by James Hayward, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • 10 year market forecasts by technology sector and product type
  • Specific unit and revenue forecasts for wearable technology products
  • Outlines of the impact of wearable technology across global industry:
    • Healthcare and medical
    • Sports and fitness
    • Enterprise
    • Military
    • Industrial & commercial
  • Fashion
  • 09:45 - 11:00

Key Emerging Product Areas

Compiled by Dr Harry Zervos, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Product types and value proposition
  • Players and technology so far
  • Key unmet needs
  • 09:50 - 10:10

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

  • 10:10 - 10:40

Smart Clothing

  • 10:40 - 11:00

Skin patches

  • 11:00 - 11:15
  • Networking break
  • 11:15 - 11:40

Emerging Technologies for Wearables

Compiled by Dr Guillaume Chansin, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Key technologies enabling new wearable products
  • Incremental vs step change in new technology
  • 11:40 - 12:05

New Materials for Wearables: E-textiles, Inks...

Compiled by James Hayward, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • E-textile materials, connectors and components
  • Inks for smart clothing
  • Unmet challenges
  • The competitive landscape
  • 12:05 - 12:20

Displays, Microdisplays and Optics for AR/VR and more

Compiled by Dr Guillaume Chansin, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Trends with wearable displays
  • Technologies and adoption rates
  • Smart Eyewear focus: microdisplays
  • 12:20 - 12:45

Smart Contact lenses

Compiled by Harry Zervos, Principal Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Smart contact lenses: case studies and technology overview
  • Challenges: design, miniaturization, integration
  • 12:45 - 13:00

Power Solutions & Energy Harvesting for Wearables

Compiled by Dr Xiaoxi He, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Solving the power problem? Key unmet needs
  • Battery options available and in use today
  • Future battery and charging trends
  • Overview of the main energy harvesting options today
    • Photovoltaics
    • Electrodynamic
    • Piezoelectric
    • Thermoelectric
    • Others
  • Future roadmap for the impact of energy harvesting in wearables
  • 13:00 - 13:15
  • Questions and answers
    followed by networking and lunch
  • 13:15 - 14:00
  • Lunch
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Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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