“Wearable computers, such as a wrist watch that makes phone calls, have for many years been the realm of comic books, science-fiction novels and spy movies,” Therese Poletti writes for MarketWatch.

“But reports over the weekend that Apple Inc is developing a so-called ‘smartwatch’ mean that the company could turn wearable computers into computing’s next frontier, as well as revive watch-wearing among younger generations,” Poletti writes. “‘We see the body as the next frontier for personal computing,’ said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester Research. ‘It would be strange for Apple to be absent from that, they absolutely have something to contribute to that.'”

Poletti writes, “Rumors that Apple is possibly working on such a device have been around for awhile, based on some patents it has filed and other clues. In early January, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray wrote a note to clients that while he was unsure of the timing, he believed that Apple ‘will eventually introduce some type of wearable computing product.'”

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