Several companies are already said to release their versions of smartphone watches within the next few weeks. Our Adam Balkin filed the following report.
The battle for your wrist is on in 2014 and many of those doing the battling will start firing shots within just the next several weeks. Joining bigger names like Samsung and Pebble are several smaller companies hoping to make this space theirs, and there are lots of different philosophies on what you want your watch to look like and do. In one corner you have the minimalist camp with players like the Cogito which, out in March for between $130 and $180, stresses style and the more traditional watch look.
"The main idea is to just have a kind of beautiful watch and on top of that giving you some notification that you need: when someone is calling you, when someone is texting you, emailing you," says Frederic Ruffat from CONNECTEDEVICE.
On the polar opposite end of the spectrum, the $335 Neptune Pine doesn't wirelessly tether to a smartphone in your pocket but rather is a smartphone all on it's own all on your wrist. Or, pop it off for better two thumb control.
"With speakerphone and microphone and a micro SIM card slot it works with most carriers worldwide directly, it runs on Android Jellybean," says Simon Tian from Neptune Computer Inc.
That one will, of course, also require a wireless plan. And in yet another corner you have form and function. Sonostar is out in a few weeks for $180 and has a display that's electronic ink.
"It gets you fantastic resolution and makes it a super efficient battery so you can get a full week out of but one charge," says Lisa Reeves from Dennco Brands.
And of course since everything mom and dad has, the kids want too. There are also smart watches for children.
Called the FiLIP, parents program in five numbers that the watch can call or receive calls from plus doubles as a locator.
"It uses GPS, GSM and wifi, works indoors and outdoors," says Hilary Tuohy from FiLIP Technologies.
The Filip is out now for $200. It does require a ten-dollar monthly service charge which allows for unlimited calls and location data.