Photokina 2014 highlights

Watches

A small notification card cover the lower part of the clock screen

The word from Google I/O this week was that the intriguing Moto 360 would not be available until later on in the northern summer. Perhaps sensing the disappointment among early adopters and Android and Moto fans, Motorola released a video demo of the Moto 360 from Google I/O this morning.  Read More

The LG G Watch is one of the first smartwatches powered by the Android Wear operating syst...

LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled the LG G Watch; one of the first smartwatches to use Android Wear to produce a minimalist design aimed at a mass audience. Like other Android Wear watches, you don’t press buttons to control it – you chat with it.  Read More

The Notifier could be the best entry-level smartwatch so far

Google is preparing to fully roll out Android Wear and the first smartwatch to run the platform could be going on sale soon, but it remains to be seen if consumers are actually interested in extending their mobile devices to their wrists. Having spent a month with the Android and iOS-compatible Martian Notifier smartwatch, I've come to the conclusion that it may offer the best way for early adopters, the mobile-obsessed or the busy every-man or woman to get his or her feet wet in the new wearable world.  Read More

Glance slips under a user's watchstrap and provides a variety of smartwatch-type functiona...

Much smartwatch discussion has so far focused on devices like the Samsung Gear, Pebble Steel and Apple's rumored iWatch. Rather than create a smartwatch from scratch like these examples, Glance simply slips under the user's strap to turn their existing watch into a smartwatch.  Read More

The Recon 6 has a hidden secret

From the makers of the Crovel survival shovel comes a new multifunctional survival tool. "A cross between the Swiss Army Knife and MacGyver," the Recon 6 wristwatch is more than meets the eye thanks to the small survival kit that's integrated into its body and strap.  Read More

MSW 115_B showing call alert

Imagine owning an upmarket, 25-jewel, Swiss-movement mechanical watch. Now imagine one that that can display text messages, notify you of incoming calls and let you remotely control your smartphone or tablet. That may seem a bit farfetched, but Kairos Watches aims to combine a luxury mechanical watch with the functionality of a smartwatch in one seamless device.  Read More

The Modillion smart strap turns a mechanical watch into a smart one

A mechanical smartwatch may sound like a contradiction in terms, but a Tel Aviv-based company has come up with a way of making one. Instead of requiring the wholesale replacement of your existing watch, Modillian is a “smart strap” that turns a mechanical or "dumb" wristwatch into a smartwatch by pairing with Android smartphones via Bluetooth.  Read More

The Cesium 133 prototype currently sports a carbon fiber case, which keeps its weight down...

There are plenty of atomic watches available that can keep time accurately by receiving a radio signal from an atomic clock, but there hasn't ever been a true atomic wristwatch which boasts its own atomic clock. Until now. Enter the Cesium 133 from Bathys Hawaii, an early steel-bodied prototype of which we first spotted in October 2013.  Read More

The Delazify Yeti at the 2014 ISPO Munich show

While fitness monitors and apps may work for other sports, UK start-up Delazify feels that skiers and snowboarders need a bigger, bolder template. That template is the Yeti, a bulging wrist monitor that makes it easier to see your on-slope performance figures.  Read More

Gizmag managed to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling at Baselwo...

For over 40 years after first opening its doors in 1917, the Schweizer Mustermesse Basel was dedicated to showing off Swiss-made products only. The importance of watches and jewelry to the show steadily increased from a special section to headline billing, and in the early 1970s the first European companies were invited to exhibit. Now it's very much a global affair, and Gizmag was amongst the thousands upon thousands of press, trade and public to zero in on the picturesque Swiss town for Baselworld 2014, eager to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling and sparkling fashion accessories.  Read More

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