As the smartphone market matures and demand for high-end phones
starts to plateau, the industry is starting to look toward
wearables for the next revolution. Judging by a recent poll, it
seems like smartwatches are much more likely to catch on than
face-mounted computers like
The blog belonging to Jessica Lessin, a former
Wall Street Journal
tech reporter now planning to start her own news venture aimed at
industry professionals, found that early adopters prefer
smartwatches by a huge margin.
Eric Newcomer reports
that 38% of Americans would like to buy a smartwatch, compared to
10% for glasses. Only 6% of respondents said they would choose
both, and 45% don't want either option. The survey was commissioned
by the blog with Survey Monkey Audience.
They also found that 62% say it is at least slightly likely that
they will own a smartwatch within five years, but only 41% see any
possibility of owning smartglasses.
This should be a clear sign to all of the present and future
entrants to the wearable tech space.
) has been
rumored to be working on a watch
for at least a year. CEO Tim Cook seems hip to the idea.
"I don't know a lot of people that wear [glasses] that don't have
to," he said at the All ThingsD conference this year. "I think the
wrist is interesting. The wrist is natural."
It looks like the likely customers for either a watch or glasses
agree with Cook. Google has the first-mover advantage for
face-computers, but it is also reportedly working on a smartwatch.
Last year, Google acquired WIMM, which developed a watch prototype
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) already has a smartwatch on the market, but its
adoption is hobbled by the $300 price tag, poor performance, and
the fact that it only works in tandem with a handful of Samsung
) also has a toehold in the wearable tech arena.
Google Glass-esque devices might be nothing more than a Silicon
Valley-centered niche curiosity, as this survey said. Some bars and
restaurants are preemptively banning the rare gadget, and you can
even get a
for driving with smart glasses. It also didn't take long for
someone to invent a word for a person too absorbed in his or her
Glass to have a conversation: a "glasshole."
Still, despite some very confident rumor-mongering, the iWatch and
Nexus watch aren't materializing, and the pre-holiday product drops
are already over. The good news is that the market is there.