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Can’t wait for Apple to launch its smartwatch? Here are some wearable gadgets that are good substitutes and will work with your iPhone, writes Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
Seven months after its announcement, Apple Watch anticipation is at fever pitch.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook revealed the smartwatch is “right on schedule” to launch next month, and analysts predict it will break smartwatch sales records several times over.
CCS Insight forecasts “around 20 million” Apple Watch sales this year alone, while Telyste expects Australian smartwatch use to jump 50 per cent due to its arrival.
But there is wearable technology you can connect to an Apple iPhone right now, including smartwatches and smart jewellery. Here are five of the best Apple Watch substitutes to use while you wait, or even in place of the highly anticipated timepiece. more like traditional analog watches. The Activite smartwatch is a timepiece with actual hands, rather than a screen, though one hand indicates progress towards a daily step goal. As well as steps, the high-end Activite tracks sleep, delivers silent alarms, logs swimming workouts, automatically adjusts time by location, and works from a button battery for up to eight months. The cheaper Pop version (above) also tracks steps, running, swimming and sleep, though comes in a colourful, plastic form.
$US150-$US450 / withings.com
What do you do if your kids are still too young to play console games?
The answer, according to LeapFrog which specialises in technology products for young children, is to play a console specifically designed for them.
The three-to-eight age group this is targeted at are probably used to playing games on their parents’ smartphones and tablets. The advantage this offers is that the LeapTV system has a motion-sensing camera and the kids will have to get off the couch if they want to be able to play.
It’s not all about moving your arms in the air to make a game work. There is a child-friendly remote that can be used in two ways: classic control as the name suggests is like a traditional game controller while pointer play is perhaps more intuitive for younger players.
Setting up the game involves connecting the console to your wi-fi network and creating a Leapfrog account so you can download games.
The advantage of this system over other consoles aimed at a wider audience is that the games will be age-appropriate. The disadvantage is that children are likely to want to play games outside of the LeapTV universe.
$229 / LEAPFROG.COM.AU
Ringly, a smart cocktail ring, connects to your phone to deliver notifications.