Wearable devices have certainly come a long way since the buttonhole camera sported by detectives. On the way they've become smart and connected, possessing processing capabilities which could rival those of decade-old desktop computers. To top it all, Google has built a complete operating system for wearables called Android Wear. Here's a brief look at the wearable devices on offer.
Five years ago, a former roommate told me watches were passe. With everyone carrying cellphones, there was hardly any incentive to strap one on your wrist. The advent of smartwatches has certainly brought this wrist accessory back in favour. And this time it coexists with your phone.
While some such as Samsung's Gear series are tied to a particular brand of phone, there are others like offerings from Pebble that can be paired with both Android and iOS devices. These smart watches allow you to make and receive calls, read notifications and emails. Some also double up as health bands - they can measure the calories burnt and heart rate, among other things. Of course, all this takes place in conjunction with your phone's everyday operations.
There seems to be a surfeit of Android or Android-compatible devices in this category, with LG's G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live, both running on Android Wear, available on Google's Play Store in India. This week at the IFA, one of the world's biggest tech shows, in Berlin, Sony and ASUS also launched watches running on Android Wear, and hopefully we should see them soon in India. But, before that we look forward to Apple's event on September 9, where the tech giant might launch a wearable device.
Text: Abhik Sen, Business Standard
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