Google followed up the release of Google glass with the recent release of an android based smart watch. Samsung released a similar smart watch on the same day. While miniaturization is the typical technology trend and often leads to new product categories, smaller is not always better. Take for instance smart phones. As the technology improved over the last 10 years, phones shrunk in size. However, in the last 12 months we have seen this trend reverse as users began to use these devices for a wider number of applications and as such demanded larger displays. The new smart watches will likely follow a similar product path. As they gain adoption users will identify new usage models and applications that will be limited by the small display and user interface, thus requiring larger devices or supporting products. And this is where mobile will likely transition from a single device (smart phone) to a network of personal devices that work seamlessly together in order to meet users ever increasing demands.
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