Will smartwatches ever replace smartphones? And, if so, how will we play Candy Crush
and watch Netflix or Sling TV
on the go? Neptune, the company behind the ridiculously oversized Pine smartwatch
, is back with a new device that tries to answer that question.
LG made one of the best smartwatches of 2014, in the G Watch R
. Now the company is back with an all-metal variant called the LG Watch Urbane
(no "G" this time around). Let's compare its features and specs to those of the Moto 360
In the long-term, Android Wear
isn't likely to be about just a small handful of watches. Fashion and individuality often go hand-in-hand, and now we're starting to see some of the early Android Wear watch-makers reflect that, making different smartwatches for different styles. The latest? LG's all-metal take on the G Watch R
, the LG Watch Urbane.
When Apple announced its Apple Watch
last September, all we knew about its release date is that it would be "early 2015." Today CEO Tim Cook snuck a more specific nugget of info into its Q1 earnings call: the company expects Apple Watch shipments to start in April.
As Samsung's sixth smartwatch
in the span of a year, the Gear S was almost easy to dismiss. But after using one all through the insane week known as CES, we think it might be one of the more underrated tech products you can buy today.
The all-new Seabear H3 is a smartwatch for outdoor lovers of land and sea. Billed as the first dive watch with color OLED display, the watch also includes features for hikers and other sporty landlubbers. Use it to plummet your way down into the vast abyss of the world's oceans, then dry it off, tweak your display and navigate the world's highest mountains.
The all-new Altra Halo shoe is a smart shoe for runners with an integrated sensor that measures aspects of your gait and sends it to your smartphone or iFit GPS Watch. Unlike other performance metrics that you analyze after your run, the Halo's data set helps you to make adjustments during your workout.
Tactile feedback is nothing new. It's been used in telecommunications and in entertainment for decades, and it became a standard feature in the late 1990s in mobile phones and video games – where vibrations alert you to new messages or help you "feel" the forces exerted on your avatar. Haptic technology has been very much a bit player in the fields that it's infiltrated, though, and only now are we seeing it begin to take its place alongside visual and audio tech as a key element in human-computer interaction.
The Echo Fit is one of the more colourful fitness wearables on show at CES this year, but there’s some reasonable functionality hidden away behind that monochrome display. The device is compatible with third-party fitness apps, and boasts the ability to show alerts from a connected smartphone.
Epitomical's Spur Atomic smartwatch takes a play out of the Neptune Pine's
(or Dick Tracy's) book by squeezing a smartphone into something that'll fit comfortably on your wrist. Its sporty, curved look contrasts from the bulkier and rectangular Pine, yet the Atomic still manages to provide Android 4.2 alongside a solid set of specs that put it on par with low- to mid-range smartphones.