With no hope of Google Glass becoming mainstream any time soon, it seems the place to wear your tech in 2014 is not on your face, as expected, but on your wrist. Limbs are slowly illuminating with LED lights, flickering screens and a bombardment of information, meaning wrist flicking has swiftly become the new bag-fumbling when the sonorous sound of a notification rings the air. But what are the advantages of these little revolutions, and will they endure?
For Followers of fashion
A crowdfunded project, the Pebble Smartwatch is a super-stylish option that works with both Apple and Android devices, if not seamlessly, certainly better than competitors. There’s currently little distinction made between men’s and women’s watches in the smartphone market, so it’s reassuring to know that this handsome timepiece can be customised with downloadable faces and wraps.
For Fitness lovers
With the increasing popularity of step counter and fitness apps, the smart watch is an obvious purchase for those looking for the motivation of their very own fitness shackle, but it’s yet to be perfected. The most hopeful model has been the Samsung Gear Fit, a 24/7 wearable watch which includes a heart rate sensor and real time coaching in its repertoire.
The Sony Smartwatch 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 are currently fighting it out for a place on your wrist as the best all-round smartwatches. While the Sony wins hands down on slick looks and battery life, the Samsung has the guts and ambition to be a market leader. With heart rate sensor, a built in camera, and a customisable screen, for style, function and fitness, the recently released Gear 2 is perhaps the most exciting option out there on the market today. For $300 dollars, it’ll cost you money, though perhaps save you more than a little time.
Whether for fitness or fashion, smart watches might just have some longevity. It will be interesting to see how they further advance.