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Wearables spending increasing, but privacy, security concerns linger

More consumers are interested in health and fitness wearables, but problems remain

By Michael Hatamoto on Mar 25, 2015 05:20 am CDT - 0 mins, 47 secs reading time

The fitness and healthcare sectors will help drive the wearables market into an estimated $2 billion market by 2019, according to Juniper Research, but questions remain.

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There is great potential for doctors and medical patients embracing wearable devices able to consistently monitor physical data - but privacy concerns and unstable regulation must be addressed. Medical devices have mandated standards they must follow while collecting and storing data, though wearables don't currently follow the same standards.

In its "Smart Wireless Devices: CE, Enterprise, Fitness, Healthcare, Patients, 2015-2019", Juniper Research also found a use for smart glasses and other wearables in the workplace.

"Outside of the consumer market when you are look at, say, using these devices at work the pros and cons are similar to smartphones," said James Moar, author of the Juniper Research study, in a statement to ZDNet. "There comes a point at which it becomes worthwhile and for the company and worthwhile for an employee too."

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An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

NEWS SOURCES:zdnet.com, interlaced.co

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