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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 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.




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


Apple Watch


Android Wear

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Sony SmartWatch


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 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.







External Links


  1. Pebble model - comparison:
  2. Pebble - reddit wiki:
  3. Pebble HELP: (reportedly has fast & good customer service)
  4. Pebble Time Steel review:,review-2997.html
  5. Pebble - iOS connectivity troubleshooting:
  6. It’s time to explore the Pebble appstore:
  7. Pebble Core = More Awesome with Amazon Alexa Expansion in the UK and Germany:
  8. Pebble App Store (iOS) is Live:
  9. Android (Pebble) App Store Beta:
  10. P{ebble SDK - C programming guide:
  11. Automate Internet Tasks With Your Pebble Time:
  12. Your Pebble Time Can Manage Tasks – With Help from Todoist:
  13. Early Pebble 2011-2012 startup/pitch presentation:
  14. Original Pebble v1.0 User Manual:
  15. The Complete Guide to the Pebble 1.0 Smartwatch:
  16. Pebble Ultimate guide:
  17. Get the most out of your Pebble:
  18. Solving Pebble Time Steel connection problem:
  19. Pebble SOS screen: (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:
  21. Smartwatch Maker Pebble Shuts Down, Fitbit Buys Some Remains:
  22. Why did Pebble fail?:
  23. The 25 best apps for Pebble watches:
  24. Newt Gingrich reviews the Apple Watch:
  25. Google smartwatch review -- should you Wear Android?:
  26. Google smartwatch -- how it will work:
  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?:
  28. The Android Wear apps you should download right now:
  29. The complete list of Android Wear apps:
  30. 4 top Android Wear watches: A hands-on guide:
  31. Android Wear 2.0 release date and new features -- Better apps, improved UI, less phone reliance and developer preview:
  32. Exclusive - These could be Google's upcoming Android Wear SmartWatches:
  33. Best Android Wear Smartwatches of 2016:
  34. Samsung patent application reveals round, Moto 360-like, smartwatch with lots of gesture support:
  35. Open SmartWatch Project:
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  37. Garmin Swim Watch In-Depth Review:
  38. Garmin Swim review:
  39. Tag Heuer reveals special edition Carrera "NISMO" watch:
  40. Nissan Introduces a Smart Watch. Seriously.:
  41. A look at the Tag Heuer special edition Nissan joint-venture SmartWatch:
  42. Please don’t drive and look at Nissan’s Nismo smartwatch:
  43. Smartwatch of the Future is Controlled by Moving its Face:
  44. Wrist Race Project -- Explaining Smartwatches with an (INFOGRAPHIC):
  45. Best smartwatches of 2015:
  46. February 1989 -- BM-100WJ digital watch with weather prediction sensors released:
  47. June 1999 -- SATELLITE NAVI, the world's first GPS watch, released:
  48. Casio BP-100 [900] Blood Pressure Monitor watch:
  49. Casio WQV-1CR review: (1st mainstream watch with a built-in camera for still images)
  50. Product Review - Samsung Gear 2:
  51. Polar Vs Garmin (forum discussion):

See Also

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