5 Top-Selling Emerging Technologies in 2019

Overview The twice-yearly U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report, created by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, uses U.S. factory sales-to-dealers for 300+ consumer tech products and related software and services to project sales for the year.

The recent midyear report looked at sales of five emerging technologies, among other categories.

Smart Home

Home safety and monitoring products – including Wi-Fi cameras, smart thermostats, smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, smart locks and doorbells, and smart switches, dimmers and outlets — are driving growth in the smart home category.

Expected Units: 28.6 million (+19%)
Expected Revenue: $4.5 billion (+16%)


Smart Speakers

After rapid adoption of AI-enabled, voice-controlled smart speakers, including Amazon Echo and Google Home, and increased voice integration in other devices such as TVs, soundbars and smart home devices, smart speaker sales will level off in 2019. Smart speakers remain a category to watch.

Expected Units: 35.2 million (+1%)
Expected Revenue: $3 billion (+1%)


Home Robots

Consumer enthusiasm for robots that perform chores such as vacuuming, lawn mowing and floor cleaning is driving another AI-enabled category seeing double digit year-over-year growth.

Expected Units: 3.6 million (+12%)
Expected Revenue: $1.2 billion (+19%) 


Wireless Earbuds

CTA projects double-digit growth for the category over the next few years, as consumers pick premium audio experiences featuring true wireless technology. Leading devices include Apple AirPods and Beats by Dre Powerbeats Pro.

Expected Units: nearly 16 million (+45%)
Expected Revenue: approaching $2 billion (+46%)



As consumers gravitate toward premium smartwatches, revenue for the category is expected to increase 19% in 2019, leading the wearables category.

Expected Units: 20.1 million units (+7%)
Expected Revenue: $5.4 billion (+19%)

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