I can’t help imagining the cocktail party of 2018 as a scene from one of those a low-budget sci-fi film aired late at night. Imagine: A living room packed with people too busy to chat with each other as they balance their drinks with one hand and monitor their sleeves of devices and smartphones with the other — emailing, texting checking their wearable ECGs (electrocardiograms); glucose monitors and even insulin pumps.
A new report by Juniper Research, Smart Health & Fitness Wearables: Device Strategies, Trends & Forecasts 2014-2019, found that fitness wearables in-use will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million in-use devices this year. Sam Smith of Juniper Research said that fitness devices are expected to remain the dominant wearable segment, driven by intuitive use cases and lower retail prices. However, beyond 2018, the broader appeal of smart watches will mean that they will be used more frequently in later years.” Read More