Warm up your wrist: 5M smartwatch shipments expected in 2014

Gigaom

Smartwatches of some sort have been around for years without truly making a dent in the mainstream consumer market. That’s all about to change, according to research firm Canalys: It expects a 900 percent increase in smartwatch shipments next year. Why the big boost? All the big tech companies are expected to chime in on this market within the next 12 to 18 months.

Currently, Sony(s sne) is considered the smartwatch sales leader, even though its last few products have been marginal performers at best. The company has a revamped smartwatch due out this September, however, and is already generating some buzz.

Sony SmartWatch 2 trio

Various Kickstarter projects have delivered viable smartwatches as well: Pebble raised $10.2 million for its smartwatch last year and recently scored a retail partnership with Best Buy(s bbuy), helping to get the product in front of a mass market. But these examples are just the tip of…

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