What’s next?  Maybe I am dating myself, but I remember when DVD players ruled in terms of new consumer technology.  Then it was flat screen TV’s.  Apple gave birth to the smart phone and tablet revolution.  So what’s next? While smart phone and tablet sales are still stellar, their growth rates have somewhat slowed.  Are smart watches going to be the next big “thing” in personal technology?  I make no claims to be being a technology prognosticator, but I am intrigued about what is next.  Clearly there has been a lot of focus as of late on the smart watch.  I have always liked watches.  I don’t have a fancy collection of watches, but I do appreciate a classic watch and recently moved into the mechanical watch realm, not because of a fascination with gears, etc, but more because they look very good and more importantly keep time.  With regards to smart watches, I am just not sure.  I think the Pebble watch looks neat and is clearly functional, but it strikes me as more of a fashion piece.  Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely as fashion component to mechanical watches.  But mechanical watches have an enduring aspect that I am not sure smart watches will have.

I am unsure of the key functions that will be included in forthcoming smart watches.  Will the technology in these watches be enough to lure me (or more importantly the masses) to smart watches?  Will smart watches be the next big thing?  I may be wrong, but I don’t see smart watches having the same impact as tablets or smart phones have had.  Will the embedded technology in these new toys be enough to drive change in consumer behaviors?  Smartphones and tablets did.  But will smart watches?  How much innovative technology can you pack into a watch?  Will the first or second generation of smart watches have game changing technology?  I have my doubts.  I may be wrong, but I don’t think smart watches are going to be the next big thing.  I’ll be watching.

The article below discusses whether smart watches will lead to the decline of mechanical watches (I don’t think so).  Pretty good article.

Watch men: what hardcore timepiece collectors think about smartwatches | The Verge.

Update: http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/16/4627462/samsung-galaxy-gear-september-4th-smartwatch-rumor

Update: http://gizmodo.com/google-bought-a-smartwatch-compan-1229135474

 

Rindge Leaphart

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