The Latest Smartwatches
We talked about the importance of style to smartwatches back in March and now we’re taking another look at some the latest smartwatches coming into the light this summer and some that are already available, but which of these smartwatches deserves your attention? While the latest smartwatches are nowhere close to replacing the smartphone, it seems to work as a nice addition to the smartphone for those who are tired of having to check their phones on a regular basis.
Its notification functions give you some detachment from your smartphone through making all your social network updates and e-mails known to you through a gentle vibration on the wrist along with other handy life monitoring features included.
‘You need to keep things simple’ – Myriam Joire (Chief Evangelist at Smartwatch startup Pebble, 2014, Wearable Tech Expo, New York)
The pebble is one of the two latest smartwatches that seems to be dominating the smartwatch arena at the moment (the other being the Moto 360). It can be customized in terms of its colour, watch face, strap and accessories allowing you to add your own personal touch. It’s slightly heavier than its predecessor, weighting at nearly 56 grams (nearly 100 with the metal strap), making it feel as though you’re wearing a regular watch.
- 80 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 CPU
- 1.26” LED backlit e-paper display (144 x 168 pixel resolution)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 3D accelerometer ambient light sensor
- E-compass capability
- Supposed battery life, 5 – 7 days
The Moto 360 is the other timepiece to look out for amongst the latest Smartwatches and it seems to be grabbing people’s attention. Its stylish design seems to be a fan favourite, meaning there is hope for the smartwatch to not look as dorky as some of its former models. Exact details are illusive right now, however, we know it is Android only and compatible with all Android 4.3, Android 4.4 and Android L phones and tablets that utilise Bluetooth 4.0. You can even talk to it if you’re feeling lonely, thanks to the Google Now function.
- Sapphire glass watchface (the same that will be used on the iphone 6 which is 4 times stronger than gorilla glass currently being used on a lot of smart phone devices)
- Water resistant meaning it can handle some heavy rain, but I wouldn’t go deep sea diving with it
- Rumoured to be around £199.99 / $279
- Supports wireless Qi charging and comes with a purpose built charging pad#
- Expected release time is Summer 2014
- For lefties and righties, can be worn and operated on either wrist
Ritot Projection Watch
This member of the latest smartwatches list looks as if it’s been pulled straight out from the film In Time (2011). Its projection is safe for your skin and can last up till 150 hours thanks to its energy saving technology. The watch only features one button, keeping things nice and simple and allows you to manipulate the projection. It’s waterproof and helps you keep track of your life through its vibration feature; keeping you informed about any notifications from social media networks, your email and other apps. All of these can be switched off and on to suit your preferences. It comes with a base plate which allows you to
- Charge the watch using wireless technology.
- Change the position of projection for your left and right hand.
- In addition, the base is equipped with an alarm clock.
- You can also use it to change the colour of the projection (20 different colours available)
LG ‘G’ watch
The lightweight and water resistant LG G watch, is not looking as strong as the its other competitors. Its voice recognition software has a fair bit of room for improvement and unfortunately, it doesn’t seem up to par in terms of the design, falling short of the more stylish smartwatches featured in this article. Still it could make a nice addition to one of LG’s latest developments in the smartphone market – The LG G Flex
- 1.65” LCD IPS, 280 x 280 resolution
- 400mAh battery
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU
- 4GB built-in memory
- 512MB RAM
So there you have it, some of the latest smartwatches to be released this year and some already up for grabs. Will the latest smartwatches ever come to replace the smartphone? It’s looking doubtful, but perhaps after it has progressed a bit further through its evolutionary cycle it could become a successful complement to the smart phone. Unless of course a device is invented which rolls every media platform into one device better than the smartphone and smartwatch. As always, time will tell all.