Smartwatches at CES: Intel, LG, Pebble, Others Unveil Devices

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-01-13 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wearable technology was all over the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) floor in Las Vegas, and the expectations are that interest in such devices will only grow in the coming months and years. For example, Berg Insight in October said the sales of such devices as smart glasses, smartwatches and wearable fitness trackers will grow from 8.3 million units in 2012 to 64 million units in 2017. While there is a broad range of wearable devices out there—think Google Glass—smartwatches seem to get the most attention these days. An iWatch from Apple has been talked about for a couple of years, and now Samsung has its Galaxy Gear and Qualcomm its Toq. Other vendors big and small also are getting into the smartwatch market, and if CES was any indication, there will be no lack of devices to choose from. In this slide show, eWEEK offers a look at some of the smartwatches that caught the attention of attendees at the weeklong tech show that range from devices that sync with smartphones and offer touch-screens and apps, to others designed to stand alone without having to be paired with a smartphone, to others with simpler designs.

 
 
 
  • Smartwatches at CES: Intel, LG, Pebble, Others Unveil Devices

    By Jeffrey Burt
    Smartwatches at CES: Intel, LG, Pebble, Others Unveil Devices
  • Intel Jumps Into the Smartphone Pool

    During his keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the chip maker's aggressive push into the wearable device space, including showing off a smartwatch proof-of-concept that includes its own network capabilities and a geo-fencing feature that keeps track of where the user is, alerting parents, for example, if their child leaves a particular area.
    Intel Jumps Into the Smartphone Pool
  • A Smartwatch With an Analog Look

    ConnecteDevice's Cogito smartwatch looks like a convention watch, complete with an analog face, as well as hour and minute hands. But behind the face lies the computing technology, including the ability to link to a smartphone and set off alerts about emails, text messages, calls and calendar events. It can be preordered for $179.
    A Smartwatch With an Analog Look
  • Pebble Comes Out With Its Second Device

    Pebble's latest smartwatch is called Steel, and comes with a polished metal frame and metal or leather strap. It's reportedly smaller and thinner than its predecessor, and also more costly: Its price will be $249 when it starts shipping this month.
    Pebble Comes Out With Its Second Device
  • Neptune's Pine Stands on Its Own

    The Neptune Pine, with a 2.4-inch display, is powered by a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm and comes with its own SIM card, enabling it to make and receive calls, surf the Web and run games without having to sync to a smartphone. It also comes with 32GB of memory and a camera and runs Google's Android OS. It costs $335.
    Neptune's Pine Stands on Its Own
  • A New Offering From MetaWatch

    MetaWatch already offers two smartphones, the Frame and Strata. At CES, company officials unveiled Meta, which offers a new design featuring metal and leather and an enhanced display with ePaper technology. No pricing was available.
    A New Offering From MetaWatch
  • Razer Includes a Smartphone in Its CES Demos

    Razer, known best for its gaming technologies, showed off a wide range of products at CES. One was the Nabu, a smartwatch that can let users know when they are getting a call and who is calling. Pricing was unavailable.
    Razer Includes a Smartphone in Its CES Demos
  • LG's Lifeband Is a Smartwatch That Tracks Fitness

    The company's smartwatch can keep track of the user's activities, workouts and other activities via motion sensors, while also alerting the wearer of calls coming into a connected smartphone. It uses Bluetooth LE, and can work with Android and Apple's iOS.
    LG's Lifeband Is a Smartwatch That Tracks Fitness
  • Wellograph Monitors the Heart

    The Wellograph is another device that tracks the user's fitness, with an activity monitor and heart-rate sensor on its underside. It also can work without integrating with a smartphone. It will cost $320 when released in the second half of 2014.
    Wellograph Monitors the Heart
  • Keeping Out of the Sun

    Netatmo officials at CES showed off June, a device that syncs with a smartphone and monitors how much sunlight the user is exposed to. A Netatmo app on the smartphone then offers warnings and suggestions to the user. It will be available in the second quarter for $99.
    Keeping Out of the Sun
  • A Shine That Can Go Anywhere

    Misfit Wearables' Shine is a sensor that tracks a user's activities and that can be worn in a range of ways, including like a watch when clipped to a wristband. The company also had leather wristbands on display at CES.
    A Shine That Can Go Anywhere
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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