Market research firm Gartner predicted the future of wearable devices, drones, smart cities and 3D printers at the closing of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9.
According to the firm, the number of wearable gadgets in use around the world is expected to show a 3.3-fold increase between 2013 and 2020 from 176 million to 578 million. This type of devices, including smart watches, fitness wristbands, smart clothes and head cams, are likely to show a slower growth down the road as a number of such devices are already in popular use.
In the meantime, the number of drones is predicted to increase 9.1 times from 242,000 to 2,212,000 during the same period. A variety of drones were exhibited at the show as well, ranging from mini drones for battles to advanced models each with six propellers.
Likewise, the number of smart city equipment for the combination of healthcare services, smart commercial building management and the like is likely to show a growth of 780% from 869 million to 6.817 billion between 2014 and 2020 with smart connectivity covering the public and private sectors alike.
The number of 3D printers is estimated to increase from 61,661 to 2.417 million between 2013 and 2020. “The number of devices connected based on the IoT is predicted to jump 5.4-fold from 3.8 billion to 20.7 billion between last year and 2020,” Gartner added.