We need a cannibal
Beyond certain niche functions, wearable solutions are unlikely to achieve mass-market status until they cannibalize existing mobile device markets. Until they do savvy consumers will recognize that they may as well use their existing mobile device and skip the wearable. Almost everyone wants a smartphone, but only people with a smartphone will be able to consider a wearable device.
The implication here is that the first big mobile technology firm prepared to cannibalize its existing mobile device market with a wearable computer that replaces its own devices will be the company that defines wearable computing.
Given its track record in cannibalization, I have a hunch which company that will be, though despite coming from a similar direction, it won't be the Windert Watch Company. All the same I continue to believe that in order to understand the future, first you should look to the past.
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