The Apple Watch is the next... PalmPilot?
Remember the PalmPilot? If you were born before 1990, you probably recall them as the futuristic device your friend’s “cool” dad used. They were a giant leap forward for handheld computing, but like the Apple Watch, these “personal digital assistants” never found their stride.
At $399 a pop in 1997, the PalmPilot was a clunky, glowing pocket calendar and portable rolodex that had to be recharged every few hours. Even as updated models evolved to incorporate connectivity with the early web, PalmPilots never quite lost their status as a needless luxury item used only by the tech-savvy corporate set.
So they failed. But do you know what that awkward PalmPilot blossomed into? Only the most important consumer technology of all time: the smartphone. And the Apple Watch is in the exact same boat -- it's not going to be the thing that revolutionizes our personal technology, but it sure looks like the thing that leads to the next exciting leap forward.