On Tuesday, Juniper once again raised its estimates for the future of wearable mobile smart devices.
New findings from Juniper suggest that smart wearable device shipments including smart watches and glasses will approach 130 million by 2018.
If you’re not keeping score at home, that’s 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 focused approach towards ‘wearable computing’.
“There are a number of social and legal barriers to the deployment of wearable devices, Juniper says, “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.”