Wearable computing is relatively new, and is not yet a mainstream product category. Even now the category is a little too niche to be called "cool," and the whole "Glassholes" term doesn't help legitimize it either. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop technology companies like Google or Apple from trying to coming up with the "next big thing."
There is quite a bit of debate regard the best body placement for wearables. Is it the wrist, head, ankle, arms? The jury is still out.
However, a recent Forrester study has provided some insight on the matter, according to John Koetsier of Venture Beat.
According to the study of 4,600 adults, 12 percent of us would want to purchase wearable technology, like glasses, on our face. That’s almost 22 million Americans. But more than twice as many — 28 percent — are interested in wrist-based wearable devices. That’s almost 50 million people.
The study coincides with a statement made by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who said at the D11 conference that customers don't want wearables on their face. Instead, he thinks a less obtrusive device would be more suitable.
But, why the wrist? Today most watches are more of a fashion statement, since the majority of people (particularly young adults) use their phone as their watch. Yet, there is a considerable amount of interest in wrist wearables, especially in the fitness market.
The Forrester result syncs with an April study by ChangeWave, which said that a full one-fifth of U.S. consumers were interested in buying an Apple iWatch — sight unseen. And it fits with a recent trend toward personal fitness monitors such as Jawbone’s Up, the Fitbit, and Nike FuelBand — all of which are worn on the wrist.
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