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Wearables accuracy cited as top priority amongst consumers, new survey shows

The importance of accuracy has been stressed by consumers as the most important factor when considering the purchase of a wearable, according to a new survey released by Valencell and MEMS & Sensors Industry Group.

The online survey polled over 700 US consumers on their knowledge and preferences around wearables. Some 42% of those surveyed own or have owned a wearable device, and more than 60% of them cited accuracy as highly important. An even bigger proportion, 74% of those that do not own a wearable cited accuracy as highly important when considering a purchase.

“…accurate and interesting insights are critical to the success of the wearable industry, and are the biggest drivers of growth today,” said Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President and Co-founder of Valencell.

“More consumers than ever before are looking to biometric wearables to monitor their health and fitness, and wearables that cannot be trusted for accuracy will ultimately lose-out to wearables that have been properly validated.”

Furthermore, the survey revealed that while most wearables owners find functions such as step counting and heart rate monitoring useful, they would like their wearable to monitor other health functions. Those that were most often mentioned include stress levels (cited by 55% of those surveyed), hydration (48%), blood pressure (46%), UV exposure (38%) and vitamin/supplement levels (35%).

“MEMS and sensors are critical components in more accurate wearables,” said Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group.

“That’s because the devices themselves, from accelerometers, gyros and pressure sensors to heart rate monitors and environmental sensors are delivering ever higher levels of granularity while consuming less power in smaller footprints. Beyond accuracy, MEMS and sensors make wearables more interesting because they literally sense the world around us. With so much advanced functionality now at their disposal, I am convinced that wearables designers will introduce new and compelling products that consumers will consider “must-have” rather than just “nice-to-own.”

The survey also showed that more than a third (37%) of wearables owners discontinued use of their device and more than a half did so within the first three months of purchase. Major issues included too much hassle to continually recharge (cited by 40%), not accurate enough (29%) and uncomfortable to wear (26%).

The benefit of wearables cannot be denied. Among existing owners, some 80% of those surveyed feel that their wearable has had a positive impact on their health. But accuracy clearly remains a major source of concern.

Wearables accuracy cited as top priority amongst consumers, new survey shows

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

One thought on “Wearables accuracy cited as top priority amongst consumers, new survey shows

  • Interesting. This survey was done by Valencell who only have 6 products (according to their website – only 3 Big brand companies – Sony, LG, Jabra)) with their sensors in them after 10 years!!! Most of those products sell very poorly, some not at all. Are they trying to convince us that accuracy matters by creating their own survey – the ear might be more accurate – but who wears earphones all day? The wrist tracks all day. Seems others like Vi, Samsung, Bragi, Under amour are now competing. Apple & Google will be next if there is a real market. I wonder why Apple did not use their sensors and Valencell had to sue Apple. About the only thing it will do is bring attention to Valencell (good luck on winning that lawsuit) – Maybe Valencell needed the stategy of suing Apple and FitBit in order to get some attention.


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