People are buying millions and millions of wearables

The worldwide market for wearable computing devices saw a huge expansion in the last quarter of 2015 and solid growth should continue, although not at the same blistering pace.

Wearable vendors, led by Fitbit and Apple, shipped 27.4 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2015, up a whopping 126.9 percent from the last quarter of 2014, according to research group IDC. For the whole year, worldwide wearable shipments amounted to 78.1 million devices, up 171.6 percent from 2014.

The triple-digit growth shows that “wearables are not just for the technophiles and early adopters,” Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC’s wearable team, said in a statement.

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