From household appliances and fitness trackers to health sensors and medical innovations, Bluetooth® technology connects billions of everyday devices and enables the invention of countless more. New forecasts in the 2021 Bluetooth Market Update indicate that, thanks to its global proliferation in billions of devices across a number of growing markets, Bluetooth technology is the number one choice for the IoT.
Bluetooth® Wearables Gain Momentum
Wearables and the data they provide continue to gain mainstream acceptance. Greater awareness of personal health and wellness monitoring, combined with telehealth requirements during the pandemic, are driving the urgency and growth of wearable device shipments. As stated in the 2021 Bluetooth Market Update, analysts predict that wearables and PC accessories will see a significant boost in annual device shipment forecasts.
Thanks to a heightened awareness of devices that monitor and track personal health and wellness, Bluetooth® enabled wearables are in greater demand and have experienced mainstream attention. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), telehealth saw a 50 percent increase in early 2020 (compared to 2019). Due to a greater need for remote monitoring and early detection of health-related issues, sports and fitness devices, as well as smartwatches, are being used to monitor vital signs, track exposure, and allow integration with telehealth services.
Even the definition behind wearables continues to expand. They now come in many different forms and functions to help deliver or augment other use cases. These include VR headsets for gaming and systems training, as well as smart glasses, scanners, and cameras for smart industrial manufacturing, warehousing, and asset tracking.
Greater Demand for Bluetooth® PC Accessories and OEM Remote Controls
A surge in the number of people spending more time at home also created a greater demand for connected home devices and peripherals with PC accessory sales for 2020 outpacing original forecasts; 153 million Bluetooth® PC accessories shipped in 2020. Combined with an increased focus on health and wellness wearables, the market is primed to see significant growth in annual device shipments from 2021 through 2025 – an 11 percent CAGR.
Bluetooth® OEM remote controls also continue to drive significant volume. With annual shipments forecasted to reach 350 million in 2025, OEM remote controls for TVs, fans, speakers, cameras, and more are the largest device category by volume within the Bluetooth Data Transfer solution area.
Bluetooth Technology Is Connecting Everything
From tools to toys to toothbrushes, the Connected Everything category of Bluetooth® enabled devices continues to broaden, ensuring Bluetooth technology remains the #1 technology for the IoT. The wide application of Bluetooth technology shows us that anything can be a connected device, and the ability to collect data and turn it into information is an added benefit. There’s always data to be collected, and recent trends indicate that the growing demand for data collection is a significant driver for the increase in the volume of Bluetooth Data Transfer devices.
Download the 2021 Bluetooth Market Update to see more new Bluetooth technology trends and forecasts.