The Inconspicuous Wearable Will Be a Reality Within Three Years

A new prediction from Gartner indicates that 30 percent of smart wearables will be inconspicuous within three years. As the smart wearables market continues to grow and evolve, Gartner says that as soon as 2017, nearly one-third of smart wearables will be completely unobtrusive to the eye. “Already, there are some interesting developments at the …   Read More

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The Inconspicuous Wearable Will Be a Reality Within Three YearsA new prediction from Gartner indicates that 30 percent of smart wearables will be inconspicuous within three years.

As the smart wearables market continues to grow and evolve, Gartner says that as soon as 2017, nearly one-third of smart wearables will be completely unobtrusive to the eye.

“Already, there are some interesting developments at the prototype stage that could pave the way for consumer wearables to blend seamlessly into their surroundings,” said Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner.

“Smart contact lenses are one type in development,” she says. “Another interesting wearable that is emerging is smart jewelry. There are around a dozen crowdfunded projects competing right now in this area, with sensors built into jewelry for communication alerts and emergency alarms. Obtrusive wearables already on the market, like smart glasses, are likely to develop new designs that disguise their technological components completely.”

Gartner made a number of further predictions in a news release this week about the consumer devices market:

By 2018, for example, more than 25 million head-mounted displays (HMDs) will have been sold as immersive devices and virtual worlds will have transitioned from the fringe to the mainstream.

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