June 03, 2014 – Over the last seven years, the smartphone revolution has produced dependable mobile Internet, cheap chips/sensors, and the mass democratization of software—providing the prerequisites for a new class of device: “wearables.” This primer profiles key data and insights into the role wearables may play in consumer-facing strategies. It contains a review of the typology, chronology, and platforms that define the current market—and examines examples of "first movers" across various sectors.