“It will be interesting to watch how this unfolds.” Dougie, a commenter on Yahoo says.
Watches no longer tell only time or have hands, the only thing a Smartwatch has to do with a hand is the place where it rests, and what’s more, you can control this watch by voice command. This is no Ben Tennyson’s watch that will turn you into an alien but you can control your iPhone with it, be notified for incoming calls, and preview your text messages, read your mails, and connect with your friends on the social media with this small device strapped to your wrist. Now, who will want to turn into an alien after getting a hold of this watch?
The Smartwatch has been around for more than a decade but it has failed to grip the market like the Smartphones, yet who’s to say what with the rumors of Apple joining the market with the iWatch? These watches can monitor your heart-rate, serve as a compass, calculator, cell phone, GPS, speaker, WATCH! It is a wristcomputer.
Many would say that our age is one where no one really needs a watch when your phone can tell the time. Watches have become a barely used instrument. Today’s people do not look at their watches, they look at their phones because it serves more than one purpose but with Smartwatches in the market, all that is about to change. Here is a look at a few Smartwatches that have hit the market.
#4 Sony SmartWatch:
This Smartwatch comes with Bluetooth connectivity, which enables you to connect it to your android device and access calls, messages, emails and social networking without taking your phone out of your pocket. The Sony Smartwatch is packed with 128×128 pixels, 1.3” OLED touch display and is splash proof (supporting IP54). The watch comes in various colours and bands with a price tag of 8749 and it still, tells time!
#3 I’m Watch:
This watch runs on Android 1.6 and features 1.54-inch display with a resolution of 240×240, 64 MB RAM and 4 GB ROM and a non-removable 600mAh battery providing a 2 hours back-up and 48 hours back-up in stand-by mode. It can be connected to your iPhone or your Android, it also has some interesting apps for social networking and playing music but is stoutly priced at $299.
#2 Cookoo Watch:
Made by ConnecteDevice, the Cookoo Watch is a smart Bluetooth connected wristwatch plainly cloaked under a minimalist analog watch face. This watch will connect to your IOS and your Android device. It will alert you of incoming calls when you are too busy to notice your phone ringing and vibrating. With an analogue dial inside, the Cookoo Watch springs into life when you receive a notification or a mail. It costs $130 approximately, has a long lasting battery that will last up to a year and it is waterproof for up to 50 meters.
What’s different about this watch? The company established in 2007, Martian, has come up with a watch you can command. According to their website, “the Martian Watch is the only device in this category that allows users to make crystal clear voice calls or interact with their phone’s voice assistant (Siri, Google Voice) directly from their wrists.” It uses Bluetooth to connect to either an iPhone or Android phone. It also allows you to initiate Siri voice commands and listen to Siri’s replies through the watch. You can access the integrated voice controls in iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Ranging in prices from $249 to $299, talking to your watch doesn’t come cheap.
And as far as the rumours go, Apple is supposedly coming out with a Smartwatch in collaboration with Intel, which may quite possibly take us to the future.