The Wall Street Journal posted an article today stating the now Google is also developing a Smart Watch to counter existing products like the Pebble, as well as Apple's potential product release perhaps as soon as this Fall. Considering that Apple doesn't enter a new product line unless it believes it can be a game changer, what does everyone think will be the fallout of these new products?
How will the Smart Watch products ultimately affect quartz watches — which for the most part are purchased by non-WIS? What about mechanical watches?
I definitely see Smart Watches taking a bite out of mid-line quartz watches. The price point will be about equal and the Smart Watches will have the too cool for words factor at least initially.
The most curious question is what will happen to mid and high-end mechanicals? Smart Watches could ultimately increase the sales of higher-end mechanicals by making wrist wear more common again. It could be that Smart Watches might decrease sales across the board because everyone will want a Smart Watch. And some killer apps may be developed for the Smart Watches that might lock their sales in more strongly. And Smart Watches might not have any affect on mechanicals at all.
Assuming both Apple and Google release products that are highly desirable, how long before we see people wearing something on both wrists!