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This IDC study discusses the worldwide wearables and augmented reality/virtual reality 2017 predictions.

"Wearables and augmented/virtual reality stand to positively affect productivity," said Ramon T. Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables and Augmented/Virtual Reality teams. "Wearables will allow immediate sharing of information between and among workers through smartwatches, smart clothing, and smart earwear, allowing for quicker decisions and action to be taken. Meanwhile, augmented reality and virtual reality will slowly move from testing to deployment over the next three years as companies experiment with new platforms and design use cases. IT buyers and administrators should consider what steps they need to take now in order to leverage these next-generation technologies."



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