More than 1 million smart watches will be shipped this year

More than 1 million smart watches will be shipped this year

Smart watches are steadily gaining momentum and ABI Research predicts that this will be one of the key years for the nascent market, forecasting that 1.2 million of these devices will be shipped in 2013.

The problem with previous generation of smart watches were that they were either too ugly, too bulky, had weak functionality and/or their battery life was not good enough. However, with the emergence of Bluetooth 4.0, a new window of opportunity was open, allowing for more efficient battery use.

ABI splits these wearable computing devices into four categories: notification types, voice operational smart watches, hybrid smart watches and completely independent smart watches. According to them, notification type devices are the MetaWatch and Cookoo smart watches, offering alerts for incoming calls, messages and other notifications. On the other hand, voice operational smart watches enable users to conduct calls and speak some commands via the device such as Martian’s smart watch; while standalone smart watches have their own OS – a good example is I’m Watch, and perhaps Apple’s highly anticipated iWatch and Samsung’s Galaxy Altius.

We’re certain that we’ll be hearing more interesting things about smart watches in the days to come. In the meantime, you can get more information about ABI’s findings from their website.

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  • PeterSteinbeck

    I want a smart watch and I know at least 5 other people who would want one as well. 🙂

  • Cant wait to get my hands on that tech only look out for apples version 🙂

  • I could not disagree more. What is the market? Those too lazy to reach inside their pocket?

  • rubren

    It is not being lazy. It’s called being discreet. I’m a teacher and we can’t look at our phones. This would be awesome to use. Can’t wait to get one.

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