Smart Watches

They now have the ability to get it going with your smartphone – here's the next big gadget trend.

While you’ve been busy flaunting your new smartphone or mulling over which one to buy next, a revolution has been brewing quietly. 2013 is turning out to be the year of the smartwatch, and mark our words… you will be looking to snag one really soon.   Simply put, it’s an extension to your smartphone and provides another outlet for delivering notifications – emails, text messages, incoming call notifications and the like, to your wrist. But what’s the point, you ask. Well it’s all about convenience, making sure you don’t need to fish out your phone each and every time it buzzes. Then there are a few devices that extend this functionality to handling calls, controlling music, tracking fitness activity and letting you find a phone that’s slipped under the couch. Sony is one of the first big names to offer one, but Samsung has been the first to break its silence at the IFA show in Berlin.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Samsung has beaten Apple to it. This smartwatch has a 1.6-inch screen, a 1.9-megapixel camera and a speaker embedded onto it to facilitate hands-free calls. It comes with 60 pre-loaded apps, but its functionality is hindered with its inability to for example compose an email or download music files. Still, at approximately Rs 30,000 (as per the £299 price announced for the UK market) it may not be affordable, but it is definitely hipster cool to be seen wearing one.  Price: £299 (for the UK market) ww.samsung.com 

Pebble Not really the first one to arrive on the scene, but definitely one of the most notable, Pebble was launched via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. It broke all records and achieved its $100,000 funding goal in just two hours and has since raised over $10 million. A lightweight plastic device that comes in five colors and latches on your wrist using a rubber strap, it sports a backlit, 1.26-inch e-paper monochrome screen and works with iOS and Android-based smartphones using Bluetooth. Boasting a seven-day battery life, it features changeable watch faces and apart from delivering notifications, also lets you control the playlist on your phone. Price: $150 www.getpebble.com   MetaWatch Strata Rocking a 25mm x 25mm reflective mirror display, this one boasts an ambient light sensor and is water-resistant up to 5 ATM. Compatible with iOS and Android, it does everything a typical smartwatch does – from delivering notifications to controlling music. The highlight of the interface is customizable watch faces utilizing widgets. The user gets a choice of four screens, each with space for four widgets. A bevy of colours are on offer, along with a couple of limited edition options priced much higher at $299. Price: $129 www.metawatch.com   i’m Watch With a choice of aluminium or titanium finishes and a slew of coloured bands, this quirkily monikered accessory comes in a chunky case and a sports a 1.54-inch colour TFT display. There’s 4GB of onboard storage and it runs i’m Droid 2, a customised version of Android with its own app store offering several apps specifically created for the device. Another notable highlight is the i’m Cloud system that lets you manage smartwatch apps and data via the web. Smartphone compatibility covers iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10. Price: Rs 13,999 www.imsmart.com   Cookoo If you prefer a conventional-looking watch rather than a geeky contraption tied to your wrist, the mentally off-kilter sounding Cookoo is for you. The smartwatch comes with a circular analog dial that uses a digital display for flashing notifications, and is powered by a standard button-cell battery unlike most others that use rechargeable batteries. It is only compatible with iOS at the moment, but offers full-fledged smartwatch functionality, including incoming/missed calls, Facebook and Twitter notifications, emails, low battery alerts, music control and the ability to locate your misplaced phone. Price: $129.99 www.cookoowatch.com   … and coming up

Sony SmartWatch 2 Sony’s wearable device is already in its second generation. Touted as the ‘second screen’ for your phone, it runs Android and works with other droid devices. Features include an aluminium casing, a 1.6-inch touch display, water-resistance and NFC pairing. It also lets you snap photos from your phone’s camera, handle calls, and control presentations, apart from dutifully notifying you of messages, emails and other events.  Price: To be announced Expected: September 2013 www.sonymobile.com   Kreyos Meteor Launched via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, the Meteor is the only smartwatch that can boast of an integrated microphone and speaker, and lets you control its functions using voice or gestures. Apart from a few Dick Tracy tricks, it’s also got a six-axis accelerometer and gyrometer, built-in activity trackers and support for connecting to compatible fitness accessories. It is based on a 1.26-inch screen and can pair up with smartphones running iOS, Android or Windows Phone 8. Price: $169.95 ($149 if pre-ordered before October 31, 2013) Expected: January 2014 www.kreyos.com   androidly Technically, this isn’t a smartwatch. It’s in fact a full-fledged smartphone running Android 2.2 that can be worn on your wrist, and doesn’t need to be paired to another device to offer full functionality. Specs include a 2-inch 320x240 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a 416MHz processor, expandable storage and full range of connectivity options including WiFi and Bluetooth. It even has a 2-megapixel snapper and can run Android apps. The device is currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, so you should be able to snag one for an amount lower than its pegged MRP. Price: $289 Expected: October 2013 http://an.droid.ly

- Deepak Dhingra

You may also like: DON'T BE AN OFFICE SEX PEST SIX WORST CHAT-UP LINES EVER THE CARS OF THE FUTURE ARE ALREADY HERE

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Latest News

  • Scarlett O'Hara dress fetches $137,000 at auction

    The outfit, featuring black appliques, was one of more than 150 items from the film up for auction by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. The items were part of the private collection of James Tumblin, formerly in charge of the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios. During a visit to the Western Costume Company he spotted the Scarlett O'Hara dress on the floor. He learned that the dress was about to be thrown away and negotiated a deal to buy it for $20, according to …

  • Ringo Starr among 2015 inductees into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    Ringo Starr among 2015 inductees into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was set on Saturday to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist by onetime band mate Paul McCartney as part of a ceremony in Cleveland celebrating some of the biggest stars of rock music. Among the 2015 inductees joining Starr, a Hall member since 1988 as a part of the Beatles, will be singer Bill Withers, punk-pop band Green Day and Lou Reed, the primary force behind the Velvet Underground who was …

  • Replica retraces voyage of French warship sent to help American rebels

    A replica of the warship that carried France's Marquis de Lafayette to help American colonists in their war of independence sets sail for the United States on Saturday, symbolic of a historic moment that binds the two nations. Lafayette crossed the Atlantic on the original Hermione in 1780 to tell his friend George Washington, commander of the American insurgents against British imperial rule, that France was sending a strong military force to help them. …

  • Arjun Rampal growing beard for 'Daddy'

    Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Actor Arjun Rampal is growing a beard in preparation for his role in the film "Daddy". …

  • KJO moved by 'Humari Adhuri Kahani' trailer

    Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar has found the trailer of Mohit Suri's "Humari Adhuri Kahani" to be "compelling". The film features acting talent as wonderful as the National Award winning Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao, as well as Emraan Hashmi. Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has in the past said that the movie will perhaps turn out to be Suri's career best directorial. -*- A year since '2 States', Arjun nostalgic Time flies, and actor Arjun Kapoor agrees. …

  • 'Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer' release pushed further

    Numbai, April 18 (IANS) The release date of filmmaker Faisal Saif's comedy spoof "Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer", earlier titled "Main Hoon Rajinikanth", has been pushed forward from April 24 to a new date, which is yet to be locked. It is the same movie against the release of which superstar Rajinikanth had petitioned the Madras High Court for a stay last year, as he had felt the entertainer might defame him and upset his large fan base. Now, the Madras High Court is said to have instructed …

  • Online audition dates announced for K-POP India

    New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The Korean Cultural Centre here has announced the online auditions of the fourth edition of K-POP 2015 festival, where artistes of the popular music genre compete with one another. In the new edition of K-POP 2015, auditions are happening on a larger scale, and not just across India, but other neighbouring countries Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal are also participating. With two and ahalf months of online auditions, K-POP will continue to pore through the submissions …

  • Akshay Kumar wraps up 'Brothers' shooting

    Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar has wrapped up shooting for Dharma Productions' "Brothers", which he says has turned out to be a "memorable" film. …

Loading...