It seems that technology is trying to transform just about any object, into a “smart object”. And the latest trend in this movement are Smart Watches. Yes, you might ask: “What can a watch do except telling a time?”. Well, these new Smart Watches now have the ability to connect wireless to other devices, tell weather and they double as your:
- MP3 player
- Heart rate monitor
- GPS tracker
- Fitness trainer
A few even have email clients and phone capabilities. All of these can now be on your wrist all the time. If you’re like me, you’ll perceive them as evolved pagers. Smart watches have evolved fairly quick. Just a few years back, the smartest watch could tell the time and the date. Now they can do just about anything that a smartphone does.
Top 9 Smart Watches
The MetaWatch is a smart watch with great style and productivity. It provides a great platform for developers and a great accessory for any respectable geek, but also a great testing platform for developers. If you are wondering what the MetaWatch is, here are the specs. The Meta Watch platform is based on the MSP ultra-low-power microcontroller and CC2560 Bluetooth host controller. It sounds like gibberish to me, but for anyone who knows their smart watches, it means a lot. For us, it just means that you can connect your watch to any Bluetooth enabled device and that the battery life is longer than most other smart watches.
price – $199
8. WIMM One
WIMM may not be a well known device manufacturer, but their WIMM One Smart Watch can cast a shadow on other manufacturers in the same category. Their Smart Watch, called WIMM One has great potential to become a great platform for developers to produce and sell Android based “MicroApps”, which users could download from the MicroApp Store. This could set off a new trend in mobility, just like smartphones did not so long ago.
price – $199
The iPod has always been a loved music player (and I say this as an Android user), albeit there are many Android players that try to battle with the Touch. Now you can wear your iPod nano as a watch with any wristband you want. Also, you have lots of interfaces for your watch, from the classic retro stylish clock to the modern digital watch. And the best part is that you also have your player with you all the time. The display looks great and the graphics of the watch are stunning, just what you would expect from Apple.
price – $129
- video player
- music player
- e-book reader
- FM Radio
It also has a built in camera for video recording and still images and on top of all these, you can extend the flash memory of your Smart Watch to up to 8GB with and SD card. It has all the features you could possibly want, the only drawback is the tiny 1.5”TouchScreen with a mear 176 x 132 resolution. But that is something you get past when you look at all the other things it can do.
price – $312
A known name in the world of smart watches, InPulse has already managed to get fans all over the world and we’ve recently written about it. It can connect via Bluetooth to any other device, such as computer, smartphone, tablet or laptop and send and receive information. the smart watch can display emails, calls, messages and many more, and it can be paired with just about any OS, be it Windows, Android, iOS, Mac or Linux. Apps on the smart watch allow you to control your other device and it even acts as a remote control for PowerPoint presentations.
price – $149
There is no doubt that Sony is a major player in the multimedia world. And since the decision to make Android powered devices, they have been on the rise. Their next “big” thing is a little watch with a great kick. The Sony Smart Watch is an Android powered device that can connect to your Xperia smartphone and become an extension of it. You can browse the web and interact with your phone just with a few taps on your Smart Watch. As Sony put it: “Your world at your fingertips”
price – $149
The merger between Apple design and Android is represented by the fleet of smart watches from i’m Watch. i’m Watch has lots of features for its users to enjoy and a top of the line build quality. The design of the watches is amazing, and the quality materials they are made of give them a stylish look and feel. The 1.54” TFT display with 240×240 resolution make them great for playing video and watching pictures. Also, they features 128 MB RAM memory and a 4GB flash memory for storing your information. They can connect to a variety of smartphones:
- Android (HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc)
- Bada (Samsung)
- Windows Phone
price – $329
Sport and style, mixed into one. And that is MOTOACTV. Motorola have really outdone themselves on this one. It has a variety of features, such as music player, fitness instructor, GPS navigator, FM Radio and many more. Furthermore, you can connect it to your Motorola Android smartphone via Bluetooth and download apps from the Google Play Store. This smart watch can keep track of how many calories you burn, where you work out, how much you walk or your heart rate. Also, you can find a variety of accessories to take your MOTOACTV smart watch with you everywhere, such as chest mount, bike mount and sport headphones.
price – $250
The Pebble E-Paper Watch broke all the records when it raised more than $10 million on Kickstarter. People went head over heels over this smartwatch which features a 1.26-inch 144 x 168 pixel monochrome e-paper display with backlight. It has a vibrating motor and a three-axis accelerometer. The best thing is it can communicate with both iPhone & android smartphones via Bluetooth 2.1. It also comes with some cool apps pre-installed which includes a cycling app to measure speed, distance and pace through GPS, and a golf rangefinder app. Expect many more apps to be developed for this soon-to-be-launched smartwatch.
Price – $150
It seems that watches are becoming more and more intelligent by the day. And it looks like the future is bright for these gadgets, they have more and more features, they are more powerful and in the future they can transform into your little digital assistants.