Mobile Smart Wearable Device Shipments to Approach 130 Million by 2018

Mobile Smart Wearable Device Shipments to Approach 130 Million by 2018
This is a post from Juniper Research which I’ve added here as wearable devices is a fast moving area and is of interest to me! 

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New findings from Juniper Research, has revealed that smart wearable device shipments including smart watches and glasses will approach 130 million by 2018, 10 times higher than estimated this year.

The report notes that this change in adoption levels can be attributable to heightened consumer awareness of wearable technology and new product launches. It also observes that with the emergence of major players and other key stakeholders, there is a much more focussed approach towards ‘wearable computing’.

Market Attractiveness
Juniper’s latest report, ‘Smart Wearable Devices: Fitness, Healthcare, Entertainment & Enterprise: 2013-2018’ contends that the market attractiveness of wearable technology has led to the emergence of a host of players and competition is expected to intensify.
However the report notes that, as of now, wearable devices represent a ‘nice to have’ and not a ‘must have’ for consumers. “Even though wearables are relatively new in terms of market maturity, it is clear that the market, for example the smart watch in particular, will be – as per smartphones – a somewhat crowded affair”, added report author Nitin Bhas.

Social & Legal Barriers
The report notes that there are a number of social and legal barriers to the deployment of wearable devices. However, not all of these hurdles will apply to every device, or indeed, every type of device. Issues such as privacy commonly arise if the wearable device (eg smart glasses) has a camera and gives the appearance of filming at all times. In the case of Healthcare wearables, the most relevant issue is the storage of confidential and personal vital health information by these devices.

As more wearable products are rolled out, Juniper expects that governments will in turn seek to develop regulatory frameworks to legislate their use, both from a privacy and data protection perspective.

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