A fairly small poll of users on JessicaLessin.com found that, in general, users prefer smartwatches to smart glasses. While this is not definitive proof of any real preference – the sample size is far too small – it does allow us to see what the early adopter will be wearing next season.
The poll, produced by Eric Newcomer, asked visitors whether or not they planned to buy a smart device in the next five years and which type they preferred. Sixty-two percent expected to own a smartwatch while 41 percent expected to own a smart glass device in the next five years. When asked what they would buy immediately, the numbers got a little hairier – 45 percent chose neither – while smartwatches still led over glass devices.
Polls like this one are interesting in what they tell us about specific, tech-savvy audiences. I’m sure if you asked the same question of a general population they’d still be thinking about whether to invest in a tablet let alone consider a facial user interface.
Arguably, smartwatches and Google Glass aren’t quite ready for prime time. Most incarnations are severely limited by computing power and battery (although I am excited about Omate’s upcoming offering) and Google Glass is a fun diversion for now. It’s not really a war between the two, it’s just a slow creep towards a ubiquity of wearables.