Connected Watch Guide
A look at "Smart Watches" that contain sensors, run apps, and are integrated with your smartphone and other connected devices.
Smart watches have been coveted by tech enthusiasts since the days of Dick Tracy's "two-way wrist radio", and the Internet of Things has finally made them a reality. A natural extension of the trend from mainframes to laptops to smartphones and tablets, connected watches have allowed developers to experiment with new user interfaces and app integrations. They've also provided consumers with an easy introduction to the growing market of wearable computing.
This Channel Guide will help you:
- Find and compare smart watches for adults and children.
- Decide whether you need a watch that pairs with a smartphone or operates independently.
- Learn about different types of smartwatch and their feature sets.
Smart watches are an ideal technology for kids who are too young for a cell phone, but old enough to be granted some independence from their parents. With limited connectivity to parents and a few other trusted adults, and a suite of age-appropriate apps and features, these devices keep kids connected and engaged. They also tend to be rugged, water-resistant and (being strapped to the wrist) hard to lose.
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Many smart watches rely on a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone or tablet, but a few are designed as stand-alone gadgets. These watches have independent cellular connections and offer robust feature sets that include phone calls, apps, GPS navigation, and more.
Health and Wellness Focused
Watches are well-suited to the role of fitness trackers, collecting data on the wearer's heart rate and activity levels. These models prioritize health monitoring, with additional features built around specific use cases for healthcare or athletic training.
Angel Sensor™ is a light and unobtrusive wristband that can be worn 24/7. It tracks the body's vital signs and physical activity, and continuously...
The Leikr GPS watch is a training platform based on the latest GPS technology. Leikr is set to define a new standard in measuring real time sport...
Voice / Assistance Focused
Voice-activated "personal assistant" software such as Siri and Google Now is also available through some smartwatches. Here are a few models designed to bring these conversational conveniences front and center.
- Article: Wearing Android on your sleeve - O'reilly Radar
- Article: Connected Watches Gain Interest As 'Growth Market' - Forbes
- Article: Is That a PC on Your Wrist?- PCWorld
- Article: One smartwatch to rule them all - Geek