“Wearable computing devices, like Apple’s rumored iWatch, are projected to explode in popularity over the next year, according to a report issued Thursday by market tracker ABI Research,” Doug Tsuruoka reports for Investor’s Business Daily.

“ABI says that with a wave of new gadgets set to hit the consumer market, wearable devices could soon become the norm within five years,” Tsuruoka reports. “ABI also forecasts that the wearable computing device market will grow to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018.”

Tsuruoka reports, “‘Apple’s curved glass-based watch could prove to be a revelation in the wearable technologies market. The major question is whether the digital timepiece will act as a complimentary device to the company’s iPhone smartphones or as a standalone product with other functionalities like health or activity tracking capabilities,’ Josh Flood, an analyst at ABI Research, said in the firm’s report.”

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