A SMART WATCH FOR EV­ERY TRAV­ELER

HWM (Singapore) - - GEEK LIFE - by Ken­nyYeo

Wear­able tech­nol­ogy is all the rage these days, but not ev­ery smart watch of­fers the same func­tions. With so many to choose from, what’s the right one for you? You may not be a a se­cret agent in need of a minia­ture laser cut­ter, but the savvy trav­eler should al­ways ac­ces­sorize with the right tech­nol­ogy on their wrists.

BRE­ITLING EMER­GENCY II

THE THRILLSEEKER

If your idea of a hol­i­day is out trekking in the jun­gle, nav­i­gat­ing white wa­ter streams and scal­ing sheer moun­tain sides, the Bre­itling Emer­gency II is the watch for you. Its case is crafted us­ing ul­tra strong but light ti­ta­nium with a com­pass scale bezel to aid nav­i­ga­tion. But most im­por­tant of all, built into the watch is a satel­lite bea­con mi­cro­trans­mit­ter that can broad­cast SOS sig­nals on two fre­quen­cies, a life­saver when things go wrong and you are out in the wild and at the mercy of Mother Na­ture, or maybe you are a se­cret agent af­ter all.

PEB­BLE WATCH

THE SO­CIAL ME­DIA JUNKIE

Widely ac­knowl­edged as the grand­daddy of smart watches, the Peb­ble Watch can also be con­fig­ured to re­ceive up­dates from your fa­vorite so­cial me­dia ser­vices such as Face­book and Twit­ter. What’s more, it has a 1.26-inch 144 x 168 pix­els res­o­lu­tion e-pa­per dis­play that makes it very power ef­fi­cient as well. In fact, the Peb­ble Watch can last around five to seven days be­tween charges, which means you do not even need to bring the charger along if you go­ing on a short trip and con­tinue get­ting your no­ti­fi­ca­tions wher­ever you go.

TIS­SOT T-TOUCH SO­LAR EX­PERT

THE CU­RI­OUS TRAV­ELLER

A “smart” watch doesn’t al­ways have to dis­play no­ti­fi­ca­tions from your smart­phone or play mu­sic. It’s about hav­ing the right tech­nolo­gies for your needs. The Tis­sot T-Touch So­lar Ex­pert is just the kind of watch you want out in the wild. Tough­ness and dura­bil­ity aside, the T-Touch So­lar Ex­pert has a host of ad­vanced sen­sors— al­time­ter, barom­e­ter, com­pass and ther­mome­ter— for the cu­ri­ous trav­eler to make sense of their sur­round­ings at the flick of the wrist. It’s also pow­ered by an al­most in­fi­nite source of en­ergy, the sun.

SAM­SUNG GEAR 2

THE FAM­ILY VA­CA­TION

Few smart watches are as well-rounded as Sam­sung’s Gear 2. It has a built-in pe­dome­ter, heart-rate mon­i­tor and a 2 megapixel cam­era that can even record 720p videos. It has 4GB of in­ter­nal stor­age so you can store tunes and lis­ten to them us­ing Blue­tooth-en­abled head­phones. It is also IP67 cer­ti­fied, mak­ing it dust- and wa­ter-re­sis­tant. Plus, with a range of 3rd party apps to ex­tend its func­tion­al­ity fur­ther, it’s the ideal smart watch for any hol­i­day and the per­fect com­pan­ion for your Sam­sung smart­phone.

TOMTOM MULTI-SPORT CAR­DIO GPS WATCH

THE FIT­NESS GET­AWAY

If you are the kind that never misses a run, even on hol­i­day, the TomTom Multi-Sport Car­dio GPS watch is the ideal watch for you. It fea­tures a built-in GPS and an ad­vanced heart-rate mon­i­tor, spe­cially de­signed to help you train bet­ter. It can also be used for swim­ming and even cy­cling with op­tional cadence sen­sors. Track your run­ning dis­tance, speed and calo­ries burnt, plus get real-time up­dates to help you keep in the op­ti­mal heart-rate zone.

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