PHONE ON YOUR WRIST!

SMART WATCHES TRY TO BE EX­TEN­SIONS OF THE SMART­PHONE WITH APPS, CAM­ERAS AND EVEN FULL CALL­ING CA­PA­BIL­I­TIES

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LIVING TECH - TEXT BY NIDHI SINGAL

In a bid to stay rel­e­vant in th­ese ever-chang­ing times, the wrist­watch is now rein­vent­ing it­self. It is not quite dead yet, but the clock dis­play on phones has made many peo­ple de­cide not to wear a sep­a­rate watch. Hence there has been a no­tice­able de­cline in the num­ber of wrist­watch pur­chases.

So watch­mak­ers have started woo­ing cus­tomers with new features, which in­clude full con­nec­tiv­ity and op­er­at­ing sys­tems. The con­cept of smart watches started way back in the 1980s when Ca­sio came out with cal­cu­la­tor watches. This was fol­lowed by time­pieces that could mea­sure al­ti­tude or pulse rate and even ones with tele­vi­sion screens and ra­dios. But it was only in 2012 that we saw some real smart func­tion­al­ity be­ing added. While most of th­ese smart watches to­day pair up with our smart­phones, there are some that sup­port a SIM card and let you make calls di­rectly.

As ex­pected, for th­ese watches, be­ing smart means be­ing like a smart­phone. So they too run the An­droid OS and can take apps. But only will th­ese de­vices ever go main­stream? That is a ques­tion only time can an­swer

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