Smart watches are the newest "new thing." Having your watch connect to your smartphone and notify you when you get an e-mail, text or change in the score of the game you're paying attention to is a neat idea. But wouldn't it be more useful to just wear your smartphone around your wrist?
Prototypes of bendable displays have existed for years, and big smartphone companies like Nokia ( and Samsung, as well as glass makers like )Corning (Fortune 500) are , intent on making them a reality. Apple (Fortune 500) also , applied for a patent for a device with a flexible, wrap-around display that you could wear as a sleeve.
The technology is too expensive and impractical for consumer gadgets today, but Corning said at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that it expects its ultra-thin, rollable Willow Glass to appear in smartphones within the next several years.
Smartphone purchasing is a hot technology, but there are many impediments to its success.