ABI Research: Wearable computing devices like smart watches will exceed 485 million annual shipments by 2018

ABI Research: Wearable computing devices like smart watches will exceed 485 million annual shipments by 2018

Just when I said that MetaWatch is preparing to launch a fancy-lookin’ version(s) of its smart watch, I caught a press release from ABI Research, saying that wearable computing devices are set to explode in popularity over the next year and eventually become the norm for most people within five years. The research company forecasts this market will grow to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018.

At the moment, smart sports and activity trackers account for the largest chunk of wearable technologies shipped today. It is estimated 61% of the wearable technologies market will be attributed to this group of device this year.

Smartphone compatible watches are beginning to emerge, and rumors suggest Apple may be working on its own such product. Plus, let’s not forget smart glasses that should debut later this year.

In a nutshell, before you know it, not only our phones but other things we wear will be smarter than ever. Sounds like a promising future, don’t you think?

[Image from Inc]

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