CES 2013 has officially come and is now in the history books showcasing the coming years best, unique, and outright weird techonology and trend. Some of the major highlights from the CES 2013 show were Ultra HD TV’s, larger tablets, the latest Android smartphones and wearable technology. One form of the wearable technology that is on the horizon for 2013 is the smart wristwatch that offers further integration with your smartphone device on Android or iOS.
The most popular smart watch standout of CES 2013 was the watch from the company, Pebble, which was a project that gained life and funding on Kick Starter. The now popular venue for inventors and others to gain funding for their project. It’s currently in its prototype phase and will be shipping for review to its financial backers on 1/23/13. The Pebble smart wristwatch will be very basic to start, with a low resolution, Bluetooth 4.0, which will synch with Android and iOS devices. It will alert you to incoming phone calls and text messages and will be very open to developers to update its look and software before the device gets officially released. The Pebble watch is considered the entry level smart watch for the beginner.
The next notable smart watch comes from the Toshiba company that is also in prototype stage and has not been released to the public. This wearable watch is larger than most of the smart watches seen at CES 2013. It is equipped with an OLED display and has fantastic wide viewing angles yet it could stand to have the color saturation amped up. Two of the coolest features on the phone are what could it make a serious contender.
The first feature of the Toshiba smart watch monitors your pulse and can actually identify its specific user based on that. Therefore, if anyone else tries to wear your watch they will not be able to access any features on the watch including incoming calls and texts plus any further information on your calendars, news, and weather.
The second feature, which is one of the only features this smart watch has over others that are coming out, is inductive charging. Inductive charging, to put it simply, is wireless charging at its best. You put the watch on its inductive charging pad and it charges without any wires. This may become more common place with smartphones and other devices as well. The world has long been hankering for a true wireless way to charge our phones that actually works.
There are many other types and models of smart watches that are on the horizon including the Martian brand of watches for Android where you can actually talk to the watch. Yes it’s just like in all the Sci-Fi movies we all watched growing up. One of the most demanded feature from consumers is voice technology which is on the horizon for the coming years.
Also, there are still rampant rumors of Apple’s possible version of a smart watch that may resemble an iPod Nano in design and style. Little is known about Apple’s version and nothing has officially been announced about any plans to make their own smart watch. It would be fascinating to see what Apple’s would look like if they decide to jump into that territory.