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.
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”.
Mapping and navigation company TomTom has just launched the latest in its line of GPS-enabled sports accessories. Aside from keeping tabs on your location, the Runner Cardio GPS also monitors your heart rate so that you can best adjust your training regimen.
It usually takes a pretty smart watch to impress us, but Ressence's Type 1 does it just by mechanical dials alone. Borrowing the zero-profile aesthetic of the Ressence Type 3 launched last year, only without the pronounced domed, fluid-filled face, the Type one almost looks as though it's using a digital display with the whole thing constantly moving.
When you’ve got a design for a watch as ubiquitous as the Casio G-Shock on the market, you’re allowed to be late to the new technology party. This year Casio’s entry in the STB-100 comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0 and a sports-tracking collection of bits and pieces in their slightly modified G-Shock design. While we’re not about to suggest this watch is in any way more all-inclusive than its smartwatch competitors from Sony, Samsung, Pebble, and the many others shown off this week at CES 2014, Casio still retains that built-in fan base they’ve cultivated for years.
New year, new Pebble, and the smartwatch company that took Kickstarter by storm has cooked up a second model, the Pebble Steel, to continue its assault on the wearables space. Announced here at CES 2014, where SlashGear caught up with CEO Eric Migicovsky to check out the new watch, Pebble Steel takes aim at a slightly different market to the original version, those watch-wearers who perhaps didn't want to give up their classically-designed Rolex, Omega, or similar for the chunky plastic of the first-gen model. Read on for some first impressions.
There appears to be some great weight coming with the proliferation of the Pebble watch in the wearables market today, at least so far as other competing companies go. As proven today by Archos, the Pebble smart watch is so well known amongst early adopters that they’ve decided to use the term “pebble-like” in their press release for their own watches. They’ve even gone so far as the use the term with a lower-cased P.
The next big release from Apple appears to be stacking up as a wearable device, coming up more than just a couple of times with a code-name iWatch. This device has been teased again today with a release inside China with inside sources suggesting Apple has been creating prototypes of the device and is currently testing more than one model. This miniature device is also set to look rather similar to that of the 6th generation iPod nano with a very similar battery size, lending steam to the idea that the change-back to a larger size for the line in favor of the iPod Shuffle was done for more than one easy-to-see reason.
This week the Magellan Echo is prepped and released for retailers across the united States, Canada, and throughout Australia and New Zealand with full intent on taking over the world of sports-related smart wearables through 2014. There's a push for worldwide availability inside the year - imminently, that is, while the first wave comes now. This machine is meant to be much more robust than the competition, pushing out with a look that's closer to Nike's look than it is to something more fragile, like Sony's Smartwatch 2.
Piaget, maker of all sorts of beautiful and ultra-thin watches, has introduced the Altiplano 900P, the world's thinnest mechanical watch. This offering is an all-in-one unit, and is the latest addition in a long line of well-known ultra-thin watches offered by the company. The 900P brings with it some new technologies and features, and will be available for a cool $20,000+ USD.