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Wearables sales tripled in a year--and will grow 500 percent by 2018, study says

Jon Phillips | April 11, 2014
Research firm IDC says simple activity trackers are leading the charge, while face computers like Google Glass will face slower adoption.

Bottom line: Wearables sales are increasing—and they'll continue to do so. But the market is still rife with hackneyed, frustrating, sometimes absurdly challenging gear. Customers are being roped in as de facto beta testers, and I suspect those IDC projections won't look so rosy in 2015 and 2016 unless the gadget companies begin embracing simplicity, and stop releasing wearables, well, just because they can.


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