More than half of 2918 consumers (63%) have owned a wearable device of some sort, up from 42 % in 2016. according to a national survey released today by Raleigh-based Valencell The online survey polled a wide range of 826 U.S. consumers on their experiences and preferences around wearables.

Among those surveyed, 65% of wearables buyers purchased the devices to monitor general health, track heart rate, to manage a current health condition or prevent future health issues. Most, 67% believe that their device has increased awareness and positively impacted their health and activity.

WRAL TechWire editor Rick Smith has written about how his own wearable device has helped him monitor his exercise and recover from illness. Read More