Apple is reportedly bulking up its iWatch launch team, having poached the sales director of TAG Heuer as it readies the wearable for what's widely believed to be an October 2014 release. The exec left last week "to take a contract with Apple" on the company's first wearable push, according to the LVMH brand chief.
Android Wear is one of the big announcements of Google I/O today, and one of the first to ship will be LG’s G Watch. Set to go up for preorder on Google Play today, priced at $229.99 and expected to ship on July 7th, we grabbed some early hands-on time and caught up on some of the design decisions with LG.
Before smartwatches were hot, Garmin, more commonly associated with GPS devices than golf, has been making timepieces with a bit of brain in them. Of course, they're only useful if you play golf. The Approach S6, however, incorporates just enough features and smartphone integration that would might as well think that it is indeed a smartwatch, just that it comes with golf trainer inside.
Smartwatches are finding their way in the world, but there are still those who prefer a regular wristwatch. For them, the decision to get a smartwatch is a bit more troubling. Do you lose the mechanical reliability for cool notifications? A new gadget named Glance doesn’t force you to make that decision.
As LG, Samsung, and Motorola jump in on the smartwatch environment this year, HTC is tipped to arrive with a device called HTC One Wear. This device has been tipped to be released between late August and early September of 2014 and will come with a round display, similar to the Moto 360. This device will also run Android Wear from Google.
Smartwatches are a funny thing. On one hand, we want all the functionality we can pack into it, and a device that will let us leave our smartphones in our pocket. On the other hand, we want a timeless watch design that actually looks like a watch. A concept fro a company named Kairos has both bases covered, and they say they’ll be shipping devices later this year.
Casio, who were repsonsible for one of the first smartwatches around, have gone a different direction. While still “smart”, their two new pieces don’t go the way of a digital readout, but offer some context you may need. According to Casio, these are two pieces you “can take from the office to the outdoors without skipping a beat”.
How smart does a watch have to be before you call it a smartwatch? Jaeger-LeCoultre isn't trying to fit the new AMVOX2 Transponder into the latest wearables category, but the watch that's also a remote control for your Aston Martin certainly has geek-appeal, with controls invisibly built into the cover glass to lock and unlock the car.
According to a study by IDC, in the year 2018 the wearable technology market will see about 111.9 million units being used the globe. This is a huge number predicted, considering we are still in a nascent stage and its only 2014. Perhaps our anticipation of the big public Google Glass sale is getting the better of us. Many potential Glass users have the $1500 stashed aside and the calendar cleared for the upcoming Tuesday, but the question still remains… where are we going with wearable technology?