I like being an early adopter, if for no other reason than to have new things to add to my junk drawer. We all have a junk drawer, it's where bad technology goes to rot along with nail clippers, old keys and USB sticks. So obviously, my appetite is wet for this next generation of devices - Wearables.
If you don't want your product to end up in my junk drawer, here are three things you need to know;
1) If you are making a Smart-Watch, DO KNOW that a Smart-Watch is a Watch first and foremost. People treat watches as jewelry, and as such I do not want my Smart-Watch looking like a cell phone that has been strapped to my wrist (I'm looking at you Neptune Pine). I do however want a Smart-Watch that at first glance, appears to be a watch (I'm looking at you Moto 360 -Well done).
2) I do not want a Smart-Watch that is a brick, unless I buy your other products. Samsung tried to do just this with it's Samsung Galaxy Gear watch.
3) Stop trying to replace my Smart-phone. You can make the greatest Smart-Watch in the world, and 99% of the population will still keep a phone in their pocket. I do not need a Smart-Watch to do everything my Smart-phone does. Specifically, I do not need 3G or 4G connectivity. Just allow me to communicate with my Smart-phone via Bluetooth, and Wifi, and we're done. Other than that, pack in as many sensors as you like. A good camera would be nice as well.
I personally can't wait for 2015. Even though all the big players will be releasing Smart-Phones in 2014, I can't help but think good ones won't arrive until generation two...2015.