Berg Insight: 8.3M wearable devices were sold in 2012

The number of wearables sold globally nearly tripled between 2011 and 2012, but the market is still tiny when compared to smartphones. Berg, however, predicts 64 million wearable device shipments in 2017.

Podcast: Why the world needs wearable computing

From smart watches to devices that monitor health, wearables are hot items on the market today. In the latest GigaOM Research podcast, Michael Wolf and Jody Ranck discuss wearable’s place in the fitness and medical industries, challengers to growth, and the role of data.

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Host: Adam Lesser
Speakers: Michael Wolf and Jody Ranck

  • The market for wearables in connected health: Medical versus Fitness
  • Potential for wearables in health care and research
  • Smart watch potential
  • Could the smartphone get disrupted as the key input/communications interface?
  • Kinect, hearing aids, and the possibility of wearables that provide social context
  • Regulatory challenges, privacy and the need for reliable research data for wearables in health care

 

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