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Monday, December 19, 2016

Virtual Reality Headset Shipments Forecast To 61 Million | IoT Daily

"Virtual reality and augmented reality seem to have a bright future, with AR and VR viewers expected to experience high growth numbers in the coming years." according to Chase Martin reports for IoT Daily, covering the Internet of Things. 

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Over the next four years, global shipments of VR headsets will increase by more than six times and the number of AR headset shipments will increase by 150 times, according to new research from IDC. 

By 2020, VR headset shipments will grow to 61 million units globally, up from just more than 10 million units shipped this year, according to IDC.

AR headset shipments will grow to 15 million in that timeframe, from 100,000 this year. This is mostly due to the nascent stage of augmented reality headsets, according to Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst at IDC.

"AR may just be on track to create a shift in computing significant enough to rival the smartphone,” Ubrani said. “However, the technology is still in its infancy and has a long runway ahead before reaching mass adoption.”

This seems to be consistent with at least one other long-term projection for the AR and VR industries.
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Source: MediaPost Communications