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Acer to launch wearable gadgets next year

Acer has revealed it will launch its own wearable gadgets, with the manufacturer stating it will launch an Apple Watch or Google Glass rival next year.

A market seemingly on the periphery of the mainstream, wearable tech has received a number of big new players recently, with Acer now confirming its intentions to enter the sector that currently features devices such as the Nike FuelBand and Google’s tech-filled eyewear.

“We are looking at wearable, I think every consumer company should be looking at wearable,” ST Liew, President of Acer’s Smartphone Business Group told PocketLint. He added: “Are we thinking along those lines? Yes, absolutely. You should expect something like that from us as well next year.”

With Acer one of many leading manufacturers now know to be plotting products for the wearable tech sector, recent leaks have also suggested that Apple is currently working on an Apple iWatch device of its own. Said to offer iPhone connected notifications direct to your wrist, the iWatch has been mooted for launch later this year.

Discussing the emerging sector, Liew stated: “Wearable isn’t new … it just hasn’t exploded in the way that it should. But the opportunity’s for billions of dollars worth of industry.”

Suggesting that there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the wearable tech market, he added: “I think the trick is making the right trade-off, so that you put the right package of what people are expecting into a wearable.”

Hinting that an Acer branded smart watch would be the company’s first wearable offering he stated: “Is a day battery enough? It might be, if the charging mechanism is easy. You take off your watch at night, throw it on the side and it inductively charges.”

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