Smart Watches CES 2015

Withings, Alcatel, Garmin and Wellograph showed their different visions of how to bring computing doll users.

e CES show (one of the biggest technology exhibitions in the world, which every year is in Las Vegas) starts tomorrow, but you start to get the news: the curved PC monitors are added, among other things, several smart watches and sports bracelets, adding to the many models that hit the market last year , and ahead of several that will be this year (Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc.), including the first watch Apple in a few months.

Withings Activité Pop minimalist

The French company Withings introduced a second version of Activité , a watch just intelligent we had before; It is a simple wristwatch, with a conventional dial and adds just another hand to the front. Internally it has a mechanism Swiss watch, a pedometer, sleep and alarm monitor, which is controlled by an application on the smartphone via Bluetooth. It is simple and attractive, and the use of a conventional design allows a range – with a battery standard- 8 months of constant use. The mesh leather version is priced at $ 450; which presented now ( the Activité Pop ), plastic and various colors, is priced in the northern hemisphere of $ 150.

A Garmin VivoActive

Garmin showed three models , which add sports watches that had already submitted . The Garmin VivoActive is the closest to a smart watch of the three, priced between 250 and 300 US dollars, depending on whether it includes a heart monitor. Has its own application store and watch designs also integrate a GPS and a color touch screen, the company has good visibility in direct light and is oriented especially athletes (it can be linked to sensors in a bicycle, other monitors exercise to jogging, show maps of a golf course) but also lets you see the classic smartphone notifications. Depending on use your battery reaches 10 hours (with active GPS) or up to 3 weeks with a less intensive use.

Bracelets options Garmin Vivofit 2

The Fenix 3, directed to sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts, combining smartwatch functions (such as viewing notifications that reach the phone) with an integrated GPS; It is water resistant to 100 meters deep and has a battery that provides 20 hours of use with GPS on or up to 6 weeks in watch mode smart; while sports bracelet Vivofit 2 is waterproof 50 meters, has a battery that lasts a year and a screen that displays the time and sporting activities permanently, and includes a pedometer and a heart monitor.

The Fenix 3 will have an estimated retail price of $ 500; Bracelet will be available in the second quarter at an estimated price of $ 150.

Various design options Alcatel Watch.

Meanwhile, Alcatel introduced the Watch, a smart watch the conventional style; the company uses a 1.22 – inch screen almost circular; uses a fixed dial to hide the edges, the style of which implemented LG with its G Watch R . The body is steel, and in carrying a STM429 chip, a battery of 210 mAh, heart monitor, NFC, Bluetooth 4 and carry integrated into the mesh the USB connector to recharge.

The company implemented its own operating system, able to connect with Android and iPhone and has the classic functions (see notification phone, function as a remote media control and camera, calculating the steps taken by the user, sleep, etc. ) while offering up to 5 days of use on a single charge. It is resistant to water and dust. Europe will have an estimated retail price of 100 euros, half that of most smart watches.


Different versions of Wellograph

Another who joined is Wellograph, which already had a monitor market activity but which added an operating system renovated, and a control application that improves its functions: in addition to follow the movements of the user (steps, rhythm of sleep) and serve to measure your heart rate, this watch with sapphire front has a motion sensor 9 axes and supports Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The new version of its operating system measures the quality of sleep of its user (REM cycles, deep sleep), stress levels, physical activity see other users and improves battery life, which is now a week. The watch has a price of $ 329 (US) and the new version of the operating system can be downloaded later this month.


The line colors Sony SmartWatch 3, which now adds a steel version

At night, Sony announced a new version of its SmartWatch 3 (announced in late September). This watch with Android Wear now has a stainless steel version, which adds to the plastic already available on the market, and is compatible with standard 24mm straps. The rest of the specifications (color touch screen 1.6 “GPS integrated protection against water and dust) are identical.