WEARABLE technology is picking up steam this year and numerous large companies are developing smart watches ranging in functionality and looks. Smartwatch is a wearable wrist device that is to respond to voice commands, to access various important functions of your smartphones, to notify user of weather, body temperature, GPS coordinates, and such. Pebble Technology is one of the pioneers of this segment. Pebble smartwatch will notify user of incoming email and text messages, Tweets, and phone calls. Many big OEMs are extending their focus on making smartwatches. Gartner’s analysts expect this wearable technology market to grow into a $10 billion industry.
Sony SmartWatch 2
SONY’S new smartwatch uses NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 capabilities to connect to your android phone (version 4.0 or newer) to check notifications, play games and even browse the internet. Like most Sony’s gadgets, the SW2 is dust-resistant and water-resistant.
The dimensions of Sony’s new smartwatch 2 are 42 x 41 x 9 mm (1.65 x 1.61 x 0.35 inches) and the weight is 122.5 g (4.32 ounces). Sony SW 2 features a 1.6 inch outdoor LCD scratch-resistant display of 220 x 176 pixels, 3 day battery, and 7 wrist options.
The smartwatch can be used to view notifications, update your Facebook account or answer your phone calls without taking your smartphone out of the pocket.
Google Nexus Smartwatch
GOOGLE is said to be working on a smartwatch that will take advantage of its new Android 4.4 KitKat software and Google Now to produce a smartwatch that would incorporate much of what was seen on Google Glass.
Google has been working on the G smartwatch for a while now. Google’s watch will be used to ask for directions or other information, you could check on email, SMS, get alarm notifications, check for date or weather, and update your social hub. The G watch, or GEM, would connect via Bluetooth 4.0 to your smartphone.
KREYOS smartwatch supporting Siri and voice control is scheduled to be out this month. This Crowd-funded project has raised million dollars and is in the works to bring us a voice controlled smartwatch. The Kreyos smartwatch could also be taken out of the watch casing and attached to a lanyard to be worn as a necklace, or a belt clip.
The Kreyos smartwatch supports eight languages, Gyrometer, Windows Phone software, Siri, Android voice control and gesture control. The Kreyos has a speaker and a mic for effective communication, activity tracker, cloud storage and more.
PEBBLE smartwatch is the first to make a smartwatch. Although Pebble smartwatch does not support voice or gesture control, but it does connect to Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth. It will send you smartphone notifications, like Facebook or Twitter posts, emails, SMS, iMessage chat, Weather Alerts and Alarm.
Samsung GEAR smartwatch
A new smartwatch called Samsung GEAR has surfaced in Korean patent office. Much like many smartphone makers, Samsung is working on their new smartwatch. New design patents have been filed in South Korea for a wearable smartwatch by Samsung under names SM-V100T and SM-V700 SM-V. The description (or rather translation of it) depicts the watch featuring ‘flexible displays and elastic material’.
The Android smartwatch seems to have a physical power button, USB port and a speaker grid. Apart from that we know nothing. The figure does indicate however, that this new patented design has a flexible display.
inWatch One Smartwatch
YING Fun Technology just launched inWatch One smartwatch. The oversized smartwatch features 1.54-inch, 240 x 240 display.
inWatch One is run by dual-core 1.2GHz chip on 1GB RAM and Android 4.0 software. There is 8GB built-in storage and 2-megapixel camera. Connectivity is enabled via GSM, unspecified Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. There is a microUSB port and a support for wireless charging. Unlike many smartwatches out there, the inWatch One has a GSM SIM card slot to connect to voice and data networks. In other words you don’t need a smartphone to make a phone call and surf the net. The new inWatch smartwatch is to sport a strong 500mAh battery, offering at least 36 hours of play-time.
DUBBED as the World’s Smartest Watch, designed and developed by Secret Labs in conjunction with House of Horology, this watch connects via Bluetooth to iPhone 4S or higher, Android 2.3 or higher firmware running devices, and Windows Phone 8. It also features wireless charging
The Agent smartwatch actually has two processors, one ARM Cortex M4 processor and another smaller secondary processor which is there to take over when the watch doesn’t need that much processing power. This greatly reduces battery usage. Users can select what type of watch face they want, additional watch faces can also be downloaded via the smartphone connected with it. Not only does Agent notify users of incoming calls, it is capable of running apps and will also notify when the user leaves their phone behind.
Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch
OMATE TrueSmart is a 3G capable waterproof smartwatch that runs Android 4.2.2. The TrueSmart has a 1.54 inch 240×240 pixel resolution LCD display, a 1.3GHz dual core processor with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD, a 5 megapixel camera mounted on the side, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-FI and a 3G micro-SIM slot. Its IP67 waterproof makes it good for showers, swimming and jogging.
Nokia Facet Smartwatch
NOKIA has registered new multi-segmented wearable bracelet patent into USPTO. The Facet smartwatch looks somewhat clumsy at first, but it could actually be a lot of fun.
Nokia’s new modular watch patent presents a slightly different curve-ball on things. Each interchangeable module will deliver a different screen. By turning the watch around the wrist, user could access panels with different apps. Nokia’s new multi-segment wrist-warn technology is actually pretty flexible. The segments work together in a sense that you can touch multiple segments at the same time.