Wearable technology has infiltrated almost every market. We see wearables in fashion, fitness, medical, entertainment, and even pet industries. At major tech conferences and events, more and more wearables are showing up in both presentations and on the people in attendance. Just last week at SXSW, members of the Flip team attended panels that pitched smart bras and smart cycling accessories to eager (and apprehensive attendees) alike. They are all over the internet, with countless stories about new devices, top “insert-number-here” lists about which gadgets to get, and new crowdfunding projects hitting Kickstarter and the like every day.
After reading my fellow Flip contributors’ posts about the wearables they saw at SXSW, and seeing so many stories about wearables on my own via news and social media, I decided it was time to get a little insight into the current wearables landscape. I had a bunch of questions, like: Who makes all these products? Where do they come from? How many different kinds of wearables are there and where do you actually wear them? (I had more questions, but for the sake of this post we’ll stop there).
I looked for and found a great data set from CrowdFlower’s Data for Everyone Library, containing information on over five hundred wearable technologies. About two hundred rows contained incomplete data, and head to be excluded from the final analysis. After the cuts, I ended up with a final set of data on over three hundred wearable technologies.
Once the data was clean, I dug in. I found that each product listing comes with information about the company who produced it, what type of wearable it is, where on the body it is worn, pricing, links to product pages and a few other things. As I looked through columns on columns on columns of data, answers started to surface, and provide an intriguing introduction to the wide, wonderful world of wearables:
What do you think? Is this set representative of the wearables landscape? Is there something else you’d have liked to have learned from this post? Comment below and let me know!