Acer, Asus Eyeing Wearable Devices in 2014: Reports
The PC makers apparently are planning to release wearable computing products later in the year, and possibly at Computex.Acer and Asus reportedly are getting ready to jump into the growing wearable computing market later this year. Acer officials have been talking about getting into the space since last year, and Taiwan's Central News Agency, citing an anonymous source within the company, is reporting this week that the PC maker has plans to enter the market in the second half of 2014 with a "distinctive" device, though no details were mentioned. At the same time, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih reportedly said during the company's year-end party this week that Asus this year will roll out a smartwatch, which would be the company's first offering in the wearable device space. "We will put our entire design thought into it," Shih told reporters at the event, according to the Central News Agency. "There are actually many challenges in this area, and I don't think products that lack special features will be useful. We'll try to replace your watch by all means."
Wearable computing devices to this point have been defined by such products as Google Glass, smartwatches by the likes of Samsung and Sony, and various other devices that perform such tasks as monitoring a user's health and fitness indicators. Industry observers expect the market to grow over the next few years. Juniper Research analysts last year said shipments of devices will grow tenfold by the end of 2018, reaching 150 million units.