SPOTTED AT CES2013:
The Consumer Electronics Show 2013 witnessed tech companies pushing ‘smartwatches’. Most of them were designed to be an extension of the smartphones.
Toshiba Computer Graphic Watch: The prototype Computer Graphic Watch has changeable dial images. Its high performance ARM SoC supports realistic computer graphic display. The smart functionality includes connectivity with Android smartphones and the iPhone. Once connected, the watch can alert of incoming calls, emails and calendar schedules. Toshiba says the watch can be used to navigate with the smartphone GPS or display news and weather updates. There was also an ECG enabled sensor on the watch that recognises the owner’s unique pulse pattern. Interestingly, smart functions are disabled if the watch fails to recognise the pulse. Pebble Watch: This is a customisable watch with downloadable watchfaces and Internet-connected apps. For instance, a cyclist will be able to use the watch as a bike computer, accessing GPS through the smartphone or even display speed, distance and pace. Capable of pairing with the iPhone and Android smartphones over Bluetooth, the watch can alert the user with a vibration for incoming calls, emails and messages. One can only prebook the watch as of now as it is not yet ready for shipping. Cookoo: The company is referring it as a wearable extension of the smartphone that helps one manage their connected life. Designed considering the scenario that our smartphone is not always in our hand, the watch will let the user know about the happenings even when the phone is kept in the pocket. This watch can alert for incoming calls, calendar reminders, text and email, social media and low battery. (Price: $129)