In our last post about Wearables, we covered about History of Headphones and how it startled the Music revolution. If you have not read it before, read it here. Today lets speak about time. Today’s technology is changing everything around us in to smart devices. One such device is a Smart Watch. So let’s see how it all started.
Watch to a Smart Watch
You wouldn’t believe me when I say that the first smart watch was introduced in 1978. The smart watch Pulsar manufactured by Hamilton Watch Company which was later acquired by Seiko. Seiko later launched more smart watches with computing ability that can store bits of data in the following years.
Seiko RC Series
The watch company Seiko later launched the popular RC Series. The RC-1000 Wrist Terminal was the first Seiko model to interface with a computer, and was released in 1984 and it worked with most of the popular PCs of that time. The RC-20 was released in 1985 and featured a SMC84C00 8-bit Z-80 microprocessor, 8 KB of ROM and 2 KB of RAM. It had applications for scheduling, memos, and world time and a four-function calculator app and the dot matrix display was Touch Sensitive(Seriously?).
In 1994, Timex introduced Timex Datalink watch which had a wireless transfer mode to communicate with a PC. Appointments and contacts created with Microsoft Schedule+, predecessor of Microsoft Outlook. In 1998, Steve Mann, a Canadian researcher designed and built the world’s first Linux Smartwatch and was later named as the “Father of Wearable Computing”. In 1999, Samsung launched the world’s first watch phone, the SPH-WP10. It had a protruding antenna, a monochrome LCD screen, and a 90-minutes of talk time with an integrated speaker and microphone.
In June 2000, IBM introduced a prototype which was later release into a watch with 8MB of Memory, accelerometer, vibrating mechanism, fingerprint sensor and ran Linux 2.2. The watch also had an 12 hours of battery life. In 2003, Fossil released the Wrist PDA, a watch which ran the Palm OS and contained 8MB of RAM and 4MB of Flash Memory. It contained a built in stylus to use it with the monochrome display.
In 2006, Sony Ericsson teamed up with Fossils watch company and released the first watch, MBW-100, that connected to Bluetooth. This watch notified the user when receiving calls and text messages. The watch was able to be used only with Sony ericsson phones. In 2009, Samsung launched the S9110 Watch Phone which featured a 1.76-inch (45 mm) color LCD display.
In 2013, a smartwatch captured the full capability of a smartphone was laid by startup Omate with the TrueSmart. Then almost all the tech companies involved in development of smartwatches. As of September 2013, three smartwatches were released, Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch 2 and the Qualcomm Toq. Some technologists called 2013 as “Year of the Smartwatch” after which the next year, there were many smartwatches released in to the market.
At Google I/O Conference on 25 June 2014, the Android Wear platform was introduced as an Operating system for smartwatches. The same year, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360 watches were launched running Android Wear. Then Samsung launched Gear S smartwatch with AMOLED display and was followed by Apple Inc with the launch of Apple watch.
Then on, the tech market was filled with too many smartwatches even by startups and many budget smartwatches were launched. So we had a bit of smartwatches history, lets look at the best smartwatches to buy in 2017,
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier runs Samsung’s homegrown Tizen OS and comes with a load of features like Wireless Charging, Longer Battery, IP68 water resistant and also is compatible with both Android and iOS, which gives users an advantage over Apple Watch. The only Con is that the lack of apps for Tizen OS compared to Android or iOS.
Price – Rs. 28500
Moto 360 was introduced by Motorola and has a very good set of features similar to Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and is featured with Ambient Light sensor, 300mAh battery, Wireless charging, IP67 water and dust resistant and heart rate monitor. The smartwatch is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Price – Rs. 32,999
Huawei watch comes with a lot of features similar to the other watches like fitness tracking, GPS and has a 300mAh battery. It is also compatible with Android and iOS devices. It has different set of straps to use with the device. It has a battery backup of 1.5 days. Huawei watch 2 is about to be released in India and is expected to pack more features.
Price – Rs. 22,999
The Asus Zenwatch 3 is an upgrade to the Zenwatch 2 which is the most affordable watch right now in the market. It has a Two-day battery life and has a premium finish for that price. It has water resistant design and provides a lot of information about physical wellness and fitness.
Price – Rs. 36875
Apple launched its Series 2 of the Apple Watch in September 2016. It features built-in GPS and a water-resistant design (up to 50 meters) that you can take swimming. Series 2’s brighter display, longer battery life and faster processor are an advantage. The watch is only compatible with iOS devices.
Price – Rs. 35,200
The above list provides great performance for their prices. If you have anything else that we have missed, let us know in the comments. Stay tuned for more updates.