“It’s less rude to glance at your wrist than to take your phone from your back pocket,” she said.
However, it will take some time for the market to sort out what consumers want.
“You could have a device with all the smarts embedded, or a device with lower costs that connects to a smartphone,” Levitas said.
Pricing of a fully autonomous watch could be US$300 or more, she said, plus data charges, but a smartphone-linked device may cost as little as US$100.
Levitas said manufacturers will have to find the right size of display — large enough to be useful without being cumbersome.
“It’s going to be harder for women than men,” she said. “If it’s big enough to be useful, it may look totally dorky. This may only appeal to certain segments.”