apple.com | not yet available: Apple reportedly has a team of approximately 100 designers working on its so-called iWatch, which will essentially make an iPhone wearable around the wrist. The device could
be released as early as this fall, but analysts believe it won’t come to market until 2014. The watch could contribute another $10 billion-$15 billion a year to the company’s bottom line, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.
getpebble.com, bestbuy.com | $150: Few cared about the smartwatch until Pebble, whose devices provide access to email, calendars, Facebook, Twitter, weather reports and caller ID in an attractive colorful
package by syncing to phones that run on Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS (sorry Windows Phone and BlackBerry users). Owners can also download apps and personalized watch faces, and remotely control music from iTunes and Spotify. Another fun feature: Dismiss vibrating notifications by shaking your wrist.
Sony SmartWatch 2
sonymobile.com | around $130: Designed to be a second-screen app for your Android smartphone when it’s available in September, Sony’s aluminum smartwatch comes with a 1.6-inch LCD touchscreen display, more than 200 available apps and the ability to turn the watch into a remote control for your phone, enabling you to take photos remotely, for example.
imsmart.com | $299: Apple may not yet offer an iWatch, but the i’m Watch from Italian design studio Blue Sky comes pretty close to being the same thing. Featuring a touchscreen and built-in Bluetooth, the device connects to iPhones and Android devices to feed emails, texts, photos and social media messages directly to the colorful 1.5-inch screen. The device also features a speakerphone for calls and downloadable apps.
The Next Wave
After failing with the Spot, Microsoft is looking to develop an Xbox-branded watch that also syncs with calendars, weather info and sent messages. Google, Qualcomm and LG have their own wearable hardware in the works, while China’s Guoke is developing the Bambook Smartwatch (shown on the left), named after its line of smartphones and e-readers.
samsung.com | not yet available: Just as it competes with Apple with its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets, Samsung also is prepping its own smartwatch, which is expected to run on Google’s Android
operating system. The device would be its third attempt at a smartwatch, after already releasing two versions on a limited scale that cost around $600 each.