When Google Glass products become widely available next year, IHS IMS Research forecasts global shipments of smart glasses will jump from 50,000 units in 2012 and 124,000 in 2013 to 434,000 units in 2014. The market research firm estimates 2015 will see 2.17 million smart glasses shipped, followed by 6.6 million in 2016. If government regulators take a dim view of smart glasses due to privacy issues, shipments of the products may total only 1 million over the next four years, according to IMS Research.

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