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The Future of Smartwatches (2016 and Beyond)
Razer calls its newest addition to wearable collection “a watch that's smart.” It is a big (huge) timepiece that has full chronograph functionality with a digital display. It includes a secondary ticker screen for smartphone notifications. It also keeps track of daily activity.
The Nabu Watch is Razer's way of getting into the Smartwatch world while still staying true to its customer base by making devices that are "by gamers, for gamers." The watch certainly appeals to the current fad of larger wristwatch styles. At $149 it is surely affordable, but will it sell well?
The Future of Smartwatches (2016 and Beyond)
By the end of 2015 the Smartwatch industry was expanding and emerging with new models being released on a monthly basis. Many traditional watch companies are now entering the market and numerous research and development projects are underway that promise new and exciting Smartwatch technology. No telling if the Smartwatch device is here to stay, but market indicators suggest that the device will continue to grow in popularity. Since it can appeal to all sectors of society its market potential is strong. Starting in 2016 new models are being released that are far superior to models of recent years and this is giving the Smartwatch a boost towards a bright future. More Swiss luxury brands are entering the Smartwatch market and the prices, for the most part, are surprisingly affordable.
On-Line Articles about the Nabu Smartwatch
Michael Kors watches are part of the Fossil Group, who has announced that they will release wearables for eight brands in 2016, including Chaps, Diesel, Emporio Armani, Fossil, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Misfit and Skagen. The Michael Kors Android Wear Smartwatches have different approaches to the growing market: one has gold and jewels on the strap and the other has a black rubber strap (glam vs. sport?) They are also reported to be interchangeable (a unisex approach as well?)
On-Line Articles about Michael Kors Smartwatches
Movado (the American based watchmaker) has announced new Smartwatches to a number of its brands including: Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Juicy Couture and Scuderia Ferrari. They have teamed up with Hewlett Packard for the software and technical development. Indicators say that notifications such as email, text, calendar appointments and social media will be viewable on a digital display that will be built inside the analog dial on the Smartwatch.
On-Line Articles about the Tommy Hilfiger Smartwatch
Fossil's line-up of smart wearables is not only expanding in its smart analogue range, but smart features such as fitness tracking with a second dial for the displaying of goal progress and notifications from specific contacts that the user sets up by a number. A vibration from the watch as well as a hand that points to the number will allow users to monitor specific contacts automatically.
On-Line Articles about Fossil’s new Smartwatches
A hand-made in Switzerland activity-tracking Smartwatch that has that classic traditional Swiss watch appeal. This is the new Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch. It combines a classic analogue face with activity and sleep-tracking functions.
This watch was surely designed for fashion, rather than technology oriented. It has a slim, circular metal body, classic analogue hands and a seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. The watch is available in silver or rose gold-plated versions and with a variety of hand-stitched leather or metal link straps.
This is one of the first luxury Swiss Smartwatches, but it does lack much of the Smartwatch technology that is standard features on much less expensive brands.
On-Line Articles about the Frederique Constant Smartwatch
Index of Selected Smartwatches Released or Announced in 2016
(This list is a ‘selection’ and does not include all of the 2016 Smartwatches)
Over the last several years Smartwatches, for the most part, have been limited to slightly less fashionable styles from tech companies (non-traditional watch makers.) Now, we are starting to see a more traditional watch design from some of the progressive watch makers including Bulgari.
The new Bulgari Diagono Magnesium promises not to betray its history and mechanics while incorporating 21st century Smartwatch functionality. This watch is not a miniature smartphone worn on the wrist.
In partnership with WiseKey, a Swiss cyber-security firm, Bulgari has designed a very traditional Swiss wristwatch with features that include an automatic movement, magnesium case, and a ceramic bezel, that can also act as an encrypted digital wallet. It uses an NFC chip, that can store and access personal information (passwords, bank accounts and credit cards) which can be managed through the Bulgari Vault app from a Smartphone.
The Diagono Magnesium will retail for $4,600 when it hits stores.
On-Line Articles about the Bulgari Diagono Magnesium (Concept Smartwatch)
The Huawei Watch Smartwatch collection has been on the market for several years and are known for their classic, high-end design. On May 3, 2016 they announced two new luxurious Android wear Smartwatch models for women (the Elegant and Jewel models).
These new Huawei Watch models were designed specifically for women and have a curved watch body and a soft, thin Italian leather band make the watch even more comfortable on a woman's wrist. Both models are crafted in premium rose gold-plated stainless steel and available with a pearl white or sapphire blue band. Elegant features a clous de Paris pattern encircling the face, while the Jewel has jewels embedded in the bezel.
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The Casio WSD-F10 was designed for outdoor use and is not unlike the company’s popular G-Shock series of watches. While Android Wear is the operating system, the watch also has an analog watch mode that can last up to a month on a single charge. The WDS-F10’s claim to fame are its 50 meters water resistance, meeting the U.S. military’s MSL-STD-810 standard, pressure sensor, compass, and accelerometer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a GPS (not sure why an outdoor design does not have GPS functionality?)
The screen size is 320 x 300p and it is a huge timepiece measuring 61.7mm x 56.4mm x 15.7mm. It’s surely a rugged, bulky device that comes in various colors including orange, black, red, and green.
On-Line Articles about the Casio WSD-F10 Smartwatch
The Mission claims to be the world’s first ultra-rugged, action sports Smartwatch, but several others have beat it to the marketplace. Nevertheless, this new Nixon Smartwatch is built on the latest technology from Google’s Android Wear™ Smartwatch platform and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 system-on-chip (SoC), The Mission features a suite of custom applications tailored to action sports, and a category-first 10-ATM (100 meter) water-resistance rating. It features a 48mm polycarbonate watch case with Gorilla Glass that adds an extra layer of durability, and a raised stainless steel bezel in tow to protect the touch screen from scratching and damage.
To add to its rugged prowess, it is military grade dust and shock resistant. This is a serious action sports Smartwatch that includes GPS functionality.
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The Swiss have entered the Smartwatch market, but now the Swiss Army watch is getting smart. Developed by Acer, the smartphone-connected add-on attaches to the Inox body, putting an LED surround around the watch face. This Smartwatch is called the Cybertool and includes a built-in accelerometer which tracks workout time, steps and calories burned. It connects to an iPhone or Android phone to deliver phone call and message notifications and offer a push-button "help" function that sends out an emergency message with GPS location to three contacts. It also includes a "find my phone" feature, multi-time zone display and an LED backlight.
It offers an estimated five to seven days of use per charge from a 60 mAh non-replaceable lithium-polymer battery. The accompanying app works with Android 4.4.2+ and iOS 8.0+.
On-Line Articles about the Victorinox - Cybertool - Swiss Army Smartwatch
“Wearable Technology Meets Fine Swiss Watchmaking.” If you want the functionality of a Smartwatch, but don't want to give up your old wrist timepiece, you can always settle for an add-on module or a smartband.
The TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap series by Montblanc is advertised as the "first luxury brand to combine wearable technology with fine watchmaking."
Montblanc’s e-Strap provides almost complete Smartwatch functionality, but without sacrificing the style of a traditional luxury watch.
A small, 0.9-inch OLED screen with a 128 x 36 pixel resolution is fitted to where you’d normally expect to find the clasp, and displays all the usual notifications when connected to your smartphone using Bluetooth. This information includes emails, calendar entries, SMS, call data, and social networking messages. Additionally, the e-Strap has an accelerometer and a pedometer inside, turning the watch into a fitness tracker.
On-Line Articles about the Montblanc e-Strap Smartwatch
The Tissot Smart-Touch is the first Smartwatch from the Swatch Group. It includes connected features such as navigation and solar-powered recharging. It connects to smartphones with an accompanying app, allowing wearers to use the watch hands for navigation in combination with the small digital display. That digital display can also show real-time, local weather information, thanks to a small solar-powered weather station. There are also built-in barometer and altimeter sensors. The battery is said to last up to a full year, not including the solar recharging feature.
The Swatch Group has been mostly lukewarm in their response to Smartwatches until now - a stance which makes sense since the "connected watch industry" has the potential to seriously disrupt their core revenue stream which comes from the sale of Swatch and other entry-level priced timepieces. With that said, the Swatch Group also owns a number of historical luxury watch brands who primarily sell mechanical watches such as Omega, Blancpain, and Breguet. In fact, the Tissot Smart-Touch is the first major smart watch technology investment that the brand has seemingly made (for a final consumer product) since the ill-fated SPOT watch system from the early 2000s which connected to radio signals.
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For people who are shy about wearing gadgets on their wrists new technology is here. The Chronos Smart Disc fits on the back side of a traditional wristwatch and makes it smart. Chronos is a stainless steel disc shaped module that is less than 3mm thick and 33mm in diameter, and connects to the inside of of a traditional watch - (about 80% of all watches on sale now) as it uses suction technology instead of magnets.
The disc handles three main smartwatch-style functions: alerts, activity tracking and gesture controls. The nicely designed companion app (for iPhone and Android) lets you customize which apps you get notifications from plus set vibration and light patterns so you know what's nudging you. The vibration is strong enough that you'll notice it. So far, so smart jewelry for the traditional watch wearer.
Chronos also acts as a basic activity tracker and shows you how many steps you've completed towards your goal in the app. This is displayed as a pretty, minimalist dial made up of segments and can be tweaked too if 10,000 a day isn't your jam.
Lastly, you can double tap the top of your watch to control features like your phone's music volume or camera or dismiss vibration alerts/phone calls. You don't have to tap too aggressively to get the Chronos module to pick them up either which is good news.
On-Line Articles about the Chronos Smart Disc
Two iconic brands unite to create a glamorous Smartwatch. de GRISOGONO’s vision and boldness meet Samsung’s technological expertise. A high-tech object transformed into a glamorous accessory. Style marries function. Original, trendy, beautiful, innovative, elegant, surprising and precious: it symbolizes the best of the two worlds it connects. When a smart jewelry watch tells the tale of luxury time.
The de Grisogono version of the Gear S2 offers features from the original device, including that rotating bezel and heart rate monitor. In addition to the library of compatible apps, this high-end version also includes two faces that closely resemble one of the watchmakers regular timepieces. You know, so you can make this look like a de Grisogono watch when you're not checking the weather.
The watch has no less than 127 white and black diamonds on it, a rose gold rotating bezel, and a black galuchat bracelet. On the inside however it's identical to a vanilla Gear S2, sporting the same specs.
We're talking about a 1.2-inch 360x360 Super AMOLED touchscreen, the Exynos 3250 Dual chipset with a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, a heart rate monitor, and a 250 mAh battery. It runs the Tizen wearable platform. The de Grisogono edition gets a special watch face though.
On-Line Articles about the Samsung Gear S2 by de GRISOGONO Smartwatch
The strap is made of several modules, each with their own function. Choose the modules you want to build a Smartwatch unique to you. The core Blocks Smartwatch module runs on Android Marshmallow but is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones. The BLOCK is said to be identical across both smartphone operating systems.
The core module features a round, 1.4-inch colour 400 x 400 AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4.0, Qualcomm's low power Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and a 300mAh battery which Blocks says is good for 1.5 days of battery. Further display modules including a rectangular Smartwatch screen will be available in the future but there's no timeline on this yet. Proposed modules include rectangular and circular touchscreen faces; an E Ink face, a la Pebble; microphone; motion sensor; gesture control; GPS; heart monitor; blood oxygen monitor; environment sensor; fingerprint scanner; audio jack; camera; extra battery; concealed USB stick; NFC chip for contactless payments; flashlight; programmable button; SIM port; and kinetic charging.
On-Line Articles about the BLOCKS Smartwatch