While there may be a time when people are constantly glancing at their wrists in lieu of staring at smartphones, don't expect that day to come very soon.
On April 24, the release date of Apple's much-anticipated smartwatch, only 3.2 percent of consumers are planning to brave the crowds and purchase the device, according to a poll conducted for CNBC.com. And fewer than 10 percent are even "somewhat likely" to buy the Apple Watch in the next six months.
The survey of 505 people in the U.S. age 18 or older was taken from April 8-13, and has a margin of error of about 4.4 percent. Respondents were selected to mirror the age and gender proportion of U.S. adults. The poll was conducted using SurveyMonkey Audience.
Not that Apple executives will be sweating out the early days. This is a company, after all, that counts on its loyal fanbase to gobble up initial product releases (remember the iPod and iPhone?) before adding loads of features and dropping prices for the wider public.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expects opening weekend sales, including preorders, of 1 million Apple Watches. Within six quarters, he predicts the product will account for 10 percent or more of the company's revenue.
The watch is different than anything Apple has sold before, and the company is staffing up in stores to train consumers on how to use it. The Apple Watch has to be tethered to an iPhone and has different input mechanisms than the classic swipe and pinch used on the iPhone and iPad.