More than one-quarter of head-mounted displays will be designed for the enterprise in 2018, says Gartner

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Virtual- and augmented-reality head-mounted displays, like the Oculus Rift or Microsoft HoloLens, will not only make major strides in the consumer market this year, but also in enterprises, predicted research firm Gartner in its newest report on wearable devices.

Gartner predicted 26 percent of all HMDs will be designed for enterprise use in 2018. The report said employees will use these devices to read instructions and work hands-free for jobs that involve inspection or maintenance.

In addition to HMD growth, Gartner found that wearables in general – especially smartwatches – will see significant growth in 2016. About 274.6 million wearables will be sold this year, predicted the research firm. This number is 18.4 percent higher than the amount sold in 2015.

Gartner Research Director Angela McIntyre credited Apple with "popularizing wearables as a lifestyle trend." She said that of all wearables, smartwatches have the "greatest revenue potential" among all wearables through 2019, reaching $17.5 billion.

Fitness wristband makers will also compete more directly with smartwatch makers by adding more features to wristbands like mobile payments, Gartner said.

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