Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

Casting envious glances at all the shiny-brainy smartwatches pouring out of global gadget-fests like CES 2016? Old watch feeling a bit stupid? Fear not! For a projected selling price of $99, Chronos will smartify your existing analogue watch, allowing you to continue wearing your Patek Philippe heirloom, yet still join the obsessional footstep-tracking, personal health-monitoring, phone-bothering smartwatch generation. Nice. The Chronos smartwatch add-on is a pad that simply attaches to the back of a regular watch to add Apple Watch-like smart functionality, such as notifications, fitness tracking and phone controls. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

@Pebble Time #smartwatch smashes Kickstarter target and sets new record – an annotated infographic

In honour of the new Pebble Time smartwatch and its frankly ridonkulous achievement of attracting $6.5m of investment on Kickstarter in a mere half day, we present an up close and personal infographic devoted to this record-breaking, wrist-wrapping superwatch. Key feature: the low-power colour e-ink display that enables the device to enjoy up to one week’s worth of battery life from a full charge. Take that, Apple Watch! Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading @Pebble Time #smartwatch smashes Kickstarter target and sets new record – an annotated infographic

#Smartwatch market set to explode as clock ticks down to #AppleWatch launch – an annotated infographic

The burgeoning smartwatch market looks set to explode with the imminent April release of the Apple Watch. App makers are hoping for the same kind of gold rush that arrived with the iPhone App Store in 2008 and have been metaphorically hopping excitedly from foot to foot since the Apple Watch launch event. Talk of the Watch even dominated CES 2015, despite Apple not even exhibiting at the gadget show. There have been some bumps along the road so far, as manufacturing issues beset early production. There has also been widespread interwebs carping about the projected battery life of Watch. … Continue reading #Smartwatch market set to explode as clock ticks down to #AppleWatch launch – an annotated infographic

#Microsoft to enter the #wearable technology sphere with new smartwatch – an annotated infographic

Ever-anxious to join in with what looks like a fun party to be at, Microsoft will shortly launch its own wearable device, according to Forbes. With the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung already making headlines and – more importantly – money out of the wearable technology sector, it was inevitable that Microsoft would chime in at some point with another me-too gadget of its own. Zune, anyone? According to the Forbes report, the device will be a smartwatch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and sync with different mobile platforms, including Apple iOS, Google Android and it’s … Continue reading #Microsoft to enter the #wearable technology sphere with new smartwatch – an annotated infographic

#Google Android Wear smartwatch news – wearable technology continues apace – an annotated infographic

Ahead of Google’s annual techfest shindig, Google I/O, later this month, we hear tell of something called Android Wear, the operating system of the company’s smartwatch. Google is expected to demonstrate the Android Wear smartwatch OS at the technology conference in San Francisco. Working closely with technology partner Motorola – which already has its own smartwatch, the Moto 360 – the Android Wear smartwatch is expected to do all the hip tricks, like voice control, touch screen, messaging, internet browsing, changeable fascias. Funny how there’s no mention of its timekeeping abilities! Naturally, there can be no discussion of a Google … Continue reading #Google Android Wear smartwatch news – wearable technology continues apace – an annotated infographic

Google joins the wearable technology set – #wearabletech – an annotated infographic

“Wearable technology”: another of those futuristically empty phrases currently doing the rounds in a vain attempt to whip up some enthusiasm for objects that do things none of us ever actually desired them to do in the first place. When did you ever care that your trousers couldn’t communicate with your laptop over the internet to remind it to order more washing powder, after you’ve just knocked your lunch in to your lap? Aside from any discussion as to the pointlessness or otherwise of these smart clothes, the phrase itself hardly defines a new idea. Isn’t the 99p wristwatch you … Continue reading Google joins the wearable technology set – #wearabletech – an annotated infographic

Apple hit technical difficulties with #iWatch concept – design and manufacturing challenges

Apple is reportedly working to overcome several issues with its iWatch, which has hit snags in battery life, display technology and manufacturing processes, according to recent leaks from Asian supply chain sources. Thus far, we remain largely unconvinced and unmoved by the merits of advanced intelligence in a wristwatch – after all, who uses even 10 per cent of their mobile phone’s capabilities? – but it is the tao of technology to move ever onwards. The current issue of E&T magazine addresses all these issues and more in our watch special, looking at the state of the watch market – … Continue reading Apple hit technical difficulties with #iWatch concept – design and manufacturing challenges

E&T magazine – the smartwatch vs wristwatch Christmas special – new issue online now

Tis the season to be jolly: the new issue of E&T magazine is out now! Tick tock, tick tock – it’s our watch special. Will the rise of the smartwatch signal the demise of the simple wristwatch? Or are the reports of its death greatly exaggerated? Smartwatches may be clever, but what exactly can they do? And do we even have the batteries yet to run them effectively? No one wants to be charging their watch every day. We also reflect on watch technology over the years, citing 12 watch-making milestones along the way, and look to the future to … Continue reading E&T magazine – the smartwatch vs wristwatch Christmas special – new issue online now

#Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch – an annotated graphic

The future is finally here! Wristwatches that do more than tell time, date and/or depth above and below sea level! Casio enthusiasts who hankered after nothing more than the ability to calculate basic arithmetic on the hoof have been satisfied for decades, of course, but for those who crave more from a timepiece – photos! social media! pulse rate monitor! – will have been delighted at the announcement this morning by Samsung of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Berlin’s IFA show. E&T naturally had the Galaxy Gear news covered in detail this morning, with some lovely photos to boot. Check … Continue reading #Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch – an annotated graphic