News: Fu­ture of the smart­watch

Clas­sic time­piece or crazy arm candy?

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LG G Watch

This un­der­stated, Sony SmartWatch­esque, time­piece is part of the first wave of Google’s con­nected An­droid Wear wrist­pieces. The new op­er­at­ing

sys­tem is spe­cially de­signed for wear­able tech, with Google Now voice con­trol and an al­ways-on screen that aims to be un­ob­tru­sive yet ever-present. Paired with LG’s slim watch­face and at­trac­tively un-fussy de­sign, it’s the smart­watch for people that don’t re­ally want any­one to know they’re wear­ing a smart­watch.

lg.com/au, out July

Ru­fus Cuff

Or, al­ter­na­tively, if you want the whole world to know just how bloody smart your watch is, bolt this three-inch touch­screen beast to your arm like a Pip-Boy 3000 in Fall­out3. Call­ing it­self a “wrist com­mu­ni­ca­tor”, the widescreen 400x240 dis­play is backed by an A8 pro­ces­sor and 16GB

stor­age. It’s aim­ing to pro­vide ev­ery­thing a smart­phone does, and with full-fat An­droid KitKat on board with un­fet­tered ac­cess to Google Play apps, GPS, Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth 4.0 and a mic for calls, it’s al­most there, too.

US$279, ru­fus­labs.com, out Septem­ber

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