As enterprises brace for a deluge of wearable devices, one of the last holdouts, Apple, just secured a key patent for its fabled smartwatch.
Everyone is abuzz about the latest wearable gadget being released--whether it's Google Glass, the Android Wear smartwatch, the latest Fitbit or the mythical iWatch. But some analysts are predicting a market collapse for wearables while others see unstoppable growth.
Imagine a world in which wearable devices are connected by an open platform, and healthcare product manufacturers cooperate for the sake of improved health monitoring. Samsung does. Samsung envisions just such a reality, and in the very near future.
Wearable devices are all the rage today. They range from Bluetooth headsets and health and activity trackers to Google Glass that brings the digital age right before your eyes.
The wearable technology market is expected to grow "exponentially" in revenue and number of devices this year, forecasts market research firm Visiongain.
A key to success for smart wearable devices in the enterprise, as well as the consumer marketplace, will be a "robust selection of third-party applications," observes market research firm IDC.
Not being one to wear their intentions on their sleeve, executives at Apple are staying mum about rumors concerning their efforts to develop the so-called "iWatch." Still, rumors continue to circulate, the latest being that a team of more than 200 people has now been assigned to work on the project.
Enterprises will be the initial targets of smartglass vendors, because high prices, low battery battery life and style issues will inhibit smartglass adoption in the consumer market, judges ABI Research.
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Wearable devices will be the focus of attention at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show being held next week in Las Vegas.