Various analysts reckon “wearable tech” is the Next Big Thing, and countless manufacturers are rumoured to be interested – not to mention those who’ve already released stuff (hi Sony).
Gazing into the giant crystal ball at Canalys HQ, it looks like (ahem) five million smartwatches will ship in space year 2014AD.
Of course, smartwatches aren’t exactly a new concept, and indeed Canalys reckons 330,000 of the things shipped in 2012, largely thanks to US manufacturer Motorola and Japan’s Sony.
This year, Canalys predicts that smartwatch shipments will rise steadily to a healthy half million, but we should supposedly expect ten times that the following year. Good lord.
"Smartwatches will be the most important new product category in consumer electronics since the iPad defined the market for tablets," suggests Canalys VP and principal analyst Chris Jones.
"Software platforms tied to smartwatches will also be a tremendous opportunity for developers to write apps in categories such as health and wellness or sports and fitness."
Over the past few months, we’ve recorded smartwatch interest from Apple with the iWatch, Samsung (who’ve actually confirmed that such a device is in the pipeline), fellow South Koreans LG, Dell, and – most recently – Microsoft.