Survey says! Wearables to be huge; "Glass will be the next iPhone"

Survey says! Wearables to be huge;
The idea that wearable computers are on the verge of becoming huge isn't really a proposition that has gotten many contrarians. In some way, wearables will be big, be it as a watch, smart clothing, or head-mounted. The conflicting view is whether or not Google Glass itself will be a hit, and a new survey from Forrester doesn't just say that it will, it says that "Glass will be the next iPhone".

Survey says! Wearables to be huge; "Glass will be the next iPhone"
Of course, Forrester is also careful to note that right now Glass isn't on the level of the iPhone, rather Glass is closer to a Newton (Apple's flawed first attempt at a PDA). Forrester surveyed about 4,600 people and from that sample has extrapolated that 21.6 million Americans would buy Google Glass when it is fully ready and released to the consumer public. 

But it is that fully ready part that is key:

Forrester's recommendation for Google is to target the device at tech optimists, who are mostly younger than 50, and mostly high-income, who want to be "perpetually connected". We're not sure Google needs that sort of advice, because we're pretty sure that's the exact demographic Google had in mind when developing Glass in the first place. 

And, it sounds like Forrester read our article from a while back, because the report says Glass is definitely not a privacy problem, saying that the device is "too obvious" and the battery life too short to be used as a good surveillance camera. 

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13 Comments

1. CWBAlfredo

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I agree that wearable tech is going to be the next big thing but I think it will be mostly in watches and sports wear. Glasses, however practical, will never be fashionable while watches are a clear status symbol. With apple's attention to design, I think they will trailblaze in that market even if the iwatch isn't even that innovative as compared with phones

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

not at all true about glasses being not fashionable, quite the opposite. Watches on the other hand, have mostly been killed off by cell phones, most people I know dont even wear one anymore.

2. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

They hit you in the head for an iPhone or iPad, imagine what they'll do when people start wearing these $1000 glasses everyday. Cool tech, but it also opens up a new crime market.

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, it is pretty old-fashioned just giving our 18+ intelligence agencies voice and text. Why not give them streaming video? The gift that keeps on giving. Google is certainly reliable and respects our privacy, just pay no mind to their regular business partner, In-Q-Tel (aka, the CIA). What could possibly go wrong?

5. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

What do you even mean? Do you honestly think that people are going to walk around recording video all day? It's the same privacy concern as smartphones being able to capture picture and video. The point of a Google glass is to be a more convenient way to access what you normally do on your phone very quickly and accurately so you have to spend less time pulling out your phone. It's just that simple.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I may be acting a bit paranoid, but I believe it is somewhat warranted given the daily revelations, but you are naive if you think you are the only person who can activate your cellular device and use its capabilities. Wireless devices are prohibited from sensitive installations and operations areas for a good reason.

9. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

USB sticks are also prohibited from sensitive installations and operations areas.That doesn't mean I'm not going to have one. We can agree that there is a time and a place for them. I'm also very paranoid given the whole NSA thing and god knows what else they aren't telling us. With all technology there comes a responsibility with how we use it. Sadly the government is like a teenage girl with her boyfriends Facebook password but that's a whole other incident entirely.

4. Leica_Shooter

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

There is no doubt in my mind Google Glass is the future. Freeing your hands, not looking down all the time and isolating yourself, is the whole reason behind project Glass. Can't wait till this is perfected and available to the mass market.

7. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I recently read two different surveys that concluded glass will fail. I'll take any news regarding glass, especially surveys, with a grain of salt.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If it has iphone like success it's gonna be huge

10. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I wonder if people would of been this paranoid if it had skipped on the camera?

11. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Rubbish

12. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

If Glass will be the next iPhone, what will my next iPhone be????

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