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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

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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.

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