This animated edition of GadgetReport.TV is imagined as Archer’s favorite podcast. It’s all about smart watches that range from truly useful to really clever.
I read somewhere, the less we actually need watches, the more watches turn into fashion accessories. There’s a new tech trend turning watches into accessories to the very devices that lead many of us to stop wearing watches all together … our mobile phones.
Pebble is a Kickstarter project that just might be my favorite crowdfunded gadget yet.
The guys who developed the inPulse smartwatch for Blackberry have created a new watch that works with iOS and Android. The screen is ePaper. A Bluetooth connection feeds data to your wrist so you’ll know if pulling the phone out of your pocket or purse is worth all the hassle. You can see who’s calling, emailing, tweeting or Facebooking you. You can also control music, monitor your workout ,or just see what time it is. The Kickstarter project is super-funded, but it’s also the way to order your own Pebble.
Once cool companies working really hard to be cool again are bringing smart watches to market too. That’s exactly what Sony calls it’s watch. The Sony SmartWatch has a 1.3 OLED touch screen, Bluetooth 3.0 and four-days of battery life. The Sony SmartWatch does mostly the same things as the Pebble, but it’s more expensive and only works with Android.
The QLOCKTWO W is an entirely different type of smart watch. It doesn’t interface with anything other than your fingers and eyeballs, but it’s smart in a cerebral way. In a stainless steel square with a black face, designers have arranged a grid of 110 letters. A Steve Jobsian single button lights up just the right letters to tell you the time in words. Press the button again and you’ll see the calendar day.