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The consumer electronics market has experienced an incredible growth during the digitalisation era in the last decade. Today, dedicated devices such as PNDs, digital cameras, handheld gaming consoles, e-readers and PMPs are facing fierce competition from converged multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablets. Wearable technology is an emerging product category with very high growth potential in the coming years. Mobility, connectivity and personalisation are three of the most important trends within consumer electronics. Instant access to information and social networks as well as consuming and sharing media are important parts of people's digital lifestyles. The growing desire for people to stay connected makes wireless consumer devices an opportunity for the telecom industry to expand their market beyond mobile handsets.
Consumer electronics has emerged as a new application category for wireless M2M in the past years. Consumer M2M devices are neither classified as handsets, PCs, tablets nor traditional M2M devices. The product category includes e-readers, portable media players, gaming consoles, digital cameras, digital photo frames, PNDs, speed camera warning devices, personal tracking devices, consumer health devices, sensor devices, smart glasses, smart watches and wearable activity trackers. The reasons for cellular connectivity vary and are often a way to meet the needs for connected features introduced in multipurpose devices. Media and entertainment devices can offer instant distribution of digital content. Imaging devices enable instant media sharing on social networks and seamless usage of cloud storage services. Personal navigation devices and speed camera warning devices can provide users with real time traffic information and other online content. Personal tracking devices and consumer health products enable remote monitoring of sensor statuses such as location, blood pressure and glucose levels. Wearable technology allows for mobility and increased autonomy which can enhance the usability of these products.