Human augmentation, or human 2.0, is usually used to denote technologies that enhance human efficiency or capability, often in the form of implants or wearables. Within the greater group of human augmentation technologies, some diverse classifications can be made. For example, there are devices and implants that contribute to more innovative sensory devices, such as cochlear implants. There are limb or orthotics devices that can improve motion or muscle capability. Different types of human augmentation may work with precise sorts of IT resources, such as big data assets.
According to a recent market report, the global human augmentation market has been categorized by product, application, and region. Based on the product, the market is segmented into wearable augmentation and in-build augmentation. Based on application, the market is categorized into medical, industrial, defense, and others. Wearable augmentation is further categorized into eyewear, neckwear, wrist wear, footwear, body wear, and others.
The major factors driving the human augmentation market are technological advancements in the sensors market, development in the healthcare sector, and the need for strong and safe defense. Lack of skilled professionals, the high initial investment cost, and legal, ethical, and social concerns are the major factors that may hamper the growth of the human augmentation market. Technical developments and the high expenditure in the research and development are said to open up new opportunities for human augmentation market in future.
Geographically, the human augmentation market has been segmented into five regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. The major companies that provide human augmentation include V-Temia Inc., Google Inc., Braingate Company, Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., Vuzix Corporation, Magic Leap Inc., Raytheonn Company, Second Sight Medical Products. Inc., and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.