Enjoyed reading your thoughts on the SM category. Many of your conclusions have merit. Today, a smart watch has little use for the average person. Who needs one when you have all you need in your pocket or purse.
However, if you are an active outdoor enthusiast that might include, runners, cyclists, hikers, sailors, fisherman, professional purposes, etc, etc...these demographics categories add up to over 100 million in North America alone. Nice size market to build out the technology and the applications.
So you are very correct that initially a smart watch will be used by specific people with specific needs.
Now let me ask your readers this question: what if you were able to have a smart watch that you could customize with applications that make the most sense for you? What if you could have all your personal applications on your wrist, just like your smart phone?
Better yet, what if your smart watch had Wi-Fi capability so you could connect direct to the internet without the need to be tethered to your smart phone? Walk in to Starbucks and instant WIFI.
The important thing for all consumers to keep in mind is that technology will continue to get smaller and smaller. That being said...what if your smart watch became your communication engine and the tablet of any size became the secondary device when you need it.
For now...take a look at WearIT. A most sensible device. Like having your tablet on your wrist.
I agree with your ideas on smartwatch. For an outdoor enthousiast, a GPS watch like such as a Nike or Garmin is still a better solution. I think a GPS watch is already addressing the needs of runners, cyclists, hikers, golfers, ...
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