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SmartWatches (before they really existed) in popular culture

A SmartWatch is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) device.

While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, translations, and game-playing, modern smartwatches are effectively wearable computers. Many smartwatches run mobile apps, while a smaller number of models run a mobile operating system and function as portable Media Players, offering playback of FM radio, audio, and video files to the user via a Bluetooth headset. Some smartwatches models, also called watch phones, feature full Mobile Phone capability, and can make or answer phone calls.



Gestures

Gestures allow you to control a device or its interface via movement. In the case of a SmartWatch the most common example of Gestures is using them to control a user interface on the watch itself, or, using the watch as a remote control for another larger interface elsewhere by moving your wrist left, right, up, down, forward, backward or rotationally by a tilting the watch a certain degree. Another example is to design gestures where the watch is meant to be taken off the wrist (or out of the strap/holder), and held in the hand as a form of "Gestural Mouse". Capacitive touchscreens offer touch-based (i.e. swipe, flick, tap, double-tap, etc) gestures similar to touchscreen SmartPhones, Tablets or other devices. A final less common example is a SmartWatch which would have a camera built-in which supports no-touch hand movements via the non watch-wearing hand, or of the head/eyes.

Gesture-controlled-smartwatch.jpg


Devices

Pebble

The Pebble team blazed the trail and re-ignited the interest in the fledgling watch industry, by being the first successful major project to add modern technologies towards adding "Smarts" to a basic time-telling device.

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Pebble Apps


Pebble - 3rd Party Developer Apps

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Apple Watch

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Android Wear

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Samsung

Sony SmartWatch


FitBit

FitBit, who started out with a line of Activity Trackers and Fitness Bands, has expanded into offering full-on SmartWatches with its latest offering in the Blaze and Surge product lines released in 2016[36].


Garmin

Garmin is a company initially focused on GPS devices, which is now producing several popular brands of SmartWatch, Fitness Bands & Activity Trackers. One of their leading innovations is their swim stroke recognition technology, first present in the Garmin Swim but now also available in a number of other lines.


Polar


Other

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Tools


Resources


Tutorials


External Links


References

  1. Pebble model - comparison: https://help.getpebble.com/customer/portal/articles/1957424-comparing-pebble-models?b_id=8308
  2. Pebble - reddit wiki: https://www.reddit.com/r/pebble/wiki/index
  3. Pebble HELP: http://help.getpebble.com/?b_id=8309 (reportedly has fast & good customer service)
  4. Pebble Time Steel review: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pebble-time-steel,review-2997.html
  5. Pebble - iOS connectivity troubleshooting: https://help.getpebble.com/customer/portal/articles/1691162-ios-troubleshooting
  6. It’s time to explore the Pebble appstore: https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/02/03/its-time-to-explore-the-pebble-appstore/
  7. Pebble Core = More Awesome with Amazon Alexa Expansion in the UK and Germany: https://blog.getpebble.com/2016/09/14/alexa4ukde/
  8. Pebble App Store (iOS) is Live: https://developer.pebble.com/blog/2014/02/03/Pebble-appstore-is-live/
  9. Android (Pebble) App Store Beta: https://developer.pebble.com/blog/2014/02/03/Android-appstore-beta/
  10. P{ebble SDK - C programming guide: https://developer.pebble.com/docs/c/Foundation/
  11. Automate Internet Tasks With Your Pebble Time: http://www.pebblestuff.io/pebbletimewithmichael/automate-internet-tasks-with-your-pebble-time/
  12. Your Pebble Time Can Manage Tasks – With Help from Todoist: http://www.pebblestuff.io/pebbletimewithmichael/your-pebble-time-can-manage-tasks-with-help-from-todoist/
  13. Early Pebble 2011-2012 startup/pitch presentation: http://www.pebblewatch.com/images/stories/newfolder/pow2011.pdf
  14. Original Pebble v1.0 User Manual: http://www.pebble-smartwatch.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/user_manual.pdf
  15. The Complete Guide to the Pebble 1.0 Smartwatch: http://mashable.com/2013/11/22/pebble-smartwatch-guide/#7C_ZXLBRR5qw
  16. Pebble Ultimate guide: http://www.connectedly.com/ultimate-guide-pebble
  17. Get the most out of your Pebble: http://www.wareable.com/smartwatches/pebble-tips-get-more-from-your-pebble-steel-smartwatch
  18. Solving Pebble Time Steel connection problem: https://www.robertsetiadi.com/solving-pebble-time-steel-connection-problem/
  19. Pebble SOS screen: http://help.getpebble.com//customer/portal/articles/2002603-sos-screen?b_id=8309 (when pairing between app/watch gets in a bad state, usually from an accidental delete from remembered devices on one side)
  20. Pebble Time Steel smartwatch still not smart enough: http://fortune.com/2015/08/14/pebble-time-steel-smartwatch/
  21. Smartwatch Maker Pebble Shuts Down, Fitbit Buys Some Remains: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/290537/smartwatch-maker-pebble-shuts-down-fitbit-buys-so.html
  22. Why did Pebble fail?: https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Pebble-fail
  23. The 25 best apps for Pebble watches: http://www.wareable.com/apps/the-best-apps-for-pebble-and-pebble-steel
  24. Newt Gingrich reviews the Apple Watch: http://mashable.com/2015/06/19/newt-gingrich-apple-watch/#FHUunKQTPuqN
  25. Google smartwatch review -- should you Wear Android?: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10956541/Google-smartwatch-review-should-you-Wear-Android.html
  26. Google smartwatch -- how it will work: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/30/google-smartwatch-lg-motorola-android-wear-google-now
  27. New smartwatch: Cool? Yes. Useful? Meh. -- Here's a question to ask yourself before buying a smartwatch: Is it really that hard to just take your phone out of your pocket?: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/14/technology/mobile/google-smartwatch/index.html
  28. The Android Wear apps you should download right now: https://www.cnet.com/news/android-wear-apps/
  29. The complete list of Android Wear apps: http://www.androidcentral.com/android-wear-apps
  30. 4 top Android Wear watches: A hands-on guide: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2860463/4-top-android-wear-watches-a-hands-on-guide.html
  31. Android Wear 2.0 release date and new features -- Better apps, improved UI, less phone reliance and developer preview: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/new-product/google-android/android-wear-20-release-date-new-features-3640616/
  32. Exclusive - These could be Google's upcoming Android Wear SmartWatches: http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/07/11/exclusive-these-could-be-googles-upcoming-android-wear-smartwatches/
  33. Best Android Wear Smartwatches of 2016: http://theandroidwear.com/best-android-wear-smartwatches-of-2016/
  34. Samsung patent application reveals round, Moto 360-like, smartwatch with lots of gesture support: http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-patent-round-smartwatch-385384/
  35. Open SmartWatch Project: http://developer.sonymobile.com/open-devices/discontinued-projects/open-smartwatch-project/
  36. : http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/01/05/fitbit-takes-apple-smartwatch/78300470/
  37. Garmin Swim Watch In-Depth Review: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/06/garmin-swim-watch-in-depth-review.html
  38. Garmin Swim review: http://www.wareable.com/garmin/garmin-swim-review
  39. Tag Heuer reveals special edition Carrera "NISMO" watch: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/tag-heuer-reveals-special-edition-carrera-nismo-watch
  40. Nissan Introduces a Smart Watch. Seriously.: http://mashable.com/2013/09/09/nissan-nismo-smart-watch/#HZvBX.gyEkq4
  41. A look at the Tag Heuer special edition Nissan joint-venture SmartWatch: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/tag-heuer-carrera-nismo-calibre-16-special-edition-watch-le-mans-2015/
  42. Please don’t drive and look at Nissan’s Nismo smartwatch: https://gigaom.com/2013/09/09/please-dont-drive-and-look-at-nissans-nismo-smartwatch/
  43. Smartwatch of the Future is Controlled by Moving its Face: http://web.archive.org/web/20160323070232/http://gajitz.com/smartwatch-of-the-future-is-controlled-by-moving-its-face/
  44. Wrist Race Project -- Explaining Smartwatches with an (INFOGRAPHIC): http://digitalsplashmedia.com/2013/10/wrist-race-project-explaining-smartwatches-with-an-infographic/
  45. Best smartwatches of 2015: http://www.cnet.com/topics/wearable-tech/best-wearable-tech/best-smartwatches-of-2015/
  46. February 1989 -- BM-100WJ digital watch with weather prediction sensors released: http://web.archive.org/web/20160113044926/http://world.casio.com/corporate/history/chapter02/contents17/
  47. June 1999 -- SATELLITE NAVI, the world's first GPS watch, released: http://web.archive.org/web/20160113044936/http://world.casio.com/corporate/history/chapter03/contents11/
  48. Casio BP-100 [900] Blood Pressure Monitor watch: http://watches.gafortiby.com/watch/Casio_BP_100_900_Blood_Pressure_Monitor_watch/
  49. Casio WQV-1CR review: http://www.cnet.com/products/casio-wqv-1cr-wristwatch-camera/review/ (1st mainstream watch with a built-in camera for still images)
  50. Product Review - Samsung Gear 2: http://thedroidlawyer.com/2014/06/product-review-samsung-gear-2/
  51. Polar Vs Garmin (forum discussion): http://www.dailymile.com/forums/anything-goes/topics/1676-polar-vs-garmin

See Also

SmartHome | SmartPhone | Mobile Device | Wearables | HCI | Gesture Recognition | Speech Recognition