The transformation of computing devices has been nothing short of stunning. Those of you who are over a certain age bracket will recall the days when the only way to check your email and browse the Internet was through your laptop (or even desktop) personal computer. 

However, that all changed with the introduction of mobile devices such as the PalmPilot, the BlackBerry and, of course, the iPhone and iPad. IDC, a global market intelligence provider, recognizes smartphones, tablets and personal computers as a category of connected digital devices (all of which can be Internet enabled) and estimates that 1.7 billion units will be shipped to consumers worldwide this year.

So what does this mean? This is the year of the connected device. There’s plenty of opportunity to develop a digital service or solution for this market. There’s also plenty of information and misinformation to crawl through, too.

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What if you’re an entrepreneur who has a growing product in the digital ecosystems of connected computing devices? What’s next? From the continuing growth of smartphones to the introduction of connected vehicles, Internet-enabled digital connectedness will only grow. For example, last year Forrester Research estimated that as many as 30 million units of wearable computing devices would be shipped worldwide, while ABI Research forecasted that more than 485 million wearable computing devices will be shipped by 2018.

This year, MaRS will be releasing two brand-new Market Insights reports on some of the up-and-coming connected devices and platforms. The life sciences division of MaRS Market Intelligence will release a report on quantified self and wearable gadgets, while the cleantech division will release a report on energy saving and connected homes. Look for both of them during the first half of this year.

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Joe Lee

Joe is an analyst with MaRS Market Intelligence, providing market insight services for the information technology, communications and entertainment sector. See more…