It might be a little odd to think that smartphones and tablets are an aging technology, but while those segments stumbled through the first quarter of the year, the major emerging tech categories have surged. According to data from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), household ownership of wireless audio, wearables, and connected devices saw their largest ownership gains over the last year.
In its 18th Annual Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study, CTA reported that the largest increase in household ownership from 2015 to 2016 included portable wireless speakers (up 10 points to 35 percent household ownership), wearable fitness activity trackers (up 9 points to 20 percent), and wireless headphones (up 9 points to 36 percent). Smart TVs grew by 7 points to reach 50 percent ownership.
"Wireless, portable, connected devices are driving tech adoption," Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA, said in a statement. "Highly sophisticated tech devices such as wearable health trackers and Bluetooth-enabled headphones are now available in a wide array of styles and price points, making them more accessible for households across the country—improving our productivity, entertainment experiences, and wellness, across generations."