90 million wearables will be sold this 2014, analyst says

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90 million wearables

We already know that wearable technology will be more popular this year. Especially now that we’re seeing companies unveiling their smartwatches and smart glasses left and right. For now, Android-related devices are more affordable and accessible but wait until Apple introduces the iWatch.

Market analysis and intelligence agency ABI Research predicts that this year, about 90 million wearable devices will be sold and demand will be higher in 2015. Most of the gadgets are believed to be related to health and fitness.

We can also expect that the smartwatches, smart glasses, as well as, smart clothes will be more popular than ever. I don’t doubt this because it really is what’s happening now. (And man, there is a need for smart clothes, right?)

ABI Research senior analyst Joshua Flood shared that the next 12 months will be critical for wearable devices.


“The next twelve months will be a critical period for the acceptance and adoption of wearable devices.Healthcare and sports and activity trackers are rapidly becoming mass-market products. On the flipside, wearable devices like smart watches need to overcome some critical obstacles. Aesthetic design, more compelling use cases, battery life and lower price points are the main inhibitors. How vendors approach these challenges and their respective solutions will affect the wearable market far in the future.” – Joshua Flood


More vendors will be contributing to the game. What with the popularity of crowdfunding sites, we can expect more groups and unknown manufacturers will join the bandwagon and come up with their own smart glasses and watches. ABI Research predicts that about two million smart glasses will be sold this year.

Wearable technology really has big potential. I’m excited to get myself a pair of Google Glass and a smartwatch but for the latter, I’ll wait for the iWatch. Sorry, no Galaxy Gear for me.

< Source: ABIResearch >

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