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

Smartwatches at CES: Intel, LG, Pebble, Others Unveil Devices
Intel Jumps Into the Smartphone Pool
A Smartwatch With an Analog Look
Pebble Comes Out With Its Second Device
Neptune's Pine Stands on Its Own
A New Offering From MetaWatch
Razer Includes a Smartphone in Its CES Demos
LG's Lifeband Is a Smartwatch That Tracks Fitness
Wellograph Monitors the Heart
Keeping Out of the Sun
A Shine That Can Go Anywhere
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Smartwatches at CES: Intel, LG, Pebble, Others Unveil Devices

By Jeffrey Burt

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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