Wearable Technology at CES 2014: Smart Watches, Activity Trackers, Glasses, and More

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As it was during last year's Consumer Electronics Show, wearable technology, in the form of a variety of smart watches, fitness trackers and even smart glasses, will be a major focus of CES 2014, which is slated to begin next week.

    This year, CES will feature an all new TechZone exhibit called "WristRevolution," featuring smart watches (both already released and upcoming) from a wide array of companies highlighted by PCWorld, including Kronoz, Cookoo, Sonostar, Metawatch, Archos, Burg, and Pine. Major companies like Qualcomm and Sony will also exhibit smart watches, as will seasoned veteran Pebble.

    Kronoz ZeNano
    Some of the watches, like the Cookoo, offer notifications and more bundled in a standard watch style design, while other products, like the Sonostar, carry a more futuristic wraparound design. Some, like the Kronoz, allow users to answer calls directly on their wrists, and others, like the Pine, also include biometric sensors for measuring heart rate.
    Smart watches have soared in popularity over the course of 2013, following the release of the Pebble Smart Watch and an onslaught of rumors about Apple's smart "iWatch," inspiring companies like Samsung to launch their own smart watch offerings.

    Along with smart watches, wearable activity trackers like the Fitbit, the Jawbone UP, and the Nike FuelBand are expected to be a popular exhibition category at CES. The show will see old favorites from companies like Fitbit and Basis, showing off their newest offerings the Fitbit Force and the Carbon Steel Basis Tracker, respectively, as well as newer devices like the Lifeband Touch from LG.

    Spurred by the popularity of Google Glass, several companies will show off smart glasses, with Epson, Vuzix, GlassUp, and more exhibiting various smart eyewear products. GlassUp, like Google Glass, is designed to allow wearers to view incoming notifications like emails, text messages, app updates, and more, but it is far more simple than Google Glass, lacking key features like a camera.

    Wearables that don't fall into other categories, like the MYO armband, will be exhibited as well. First introduced last year, the MYO armband is designed to detect motion and muscle movements, allowing its users to control a Mac, PC, or other device through gestures. The Kiwi Move, a small motion-tracking dongle, works similarly to an activity tracker but can be worn anywhere, while the Lumo is a back brace designed to sense and correct posture. Intel has also promised to unveil some non-specific "innovative wearables" during CES.

    Wearable technology will also veer into some radical new arenas at CES, with i4c debuting VOYCE, a wearable monitor designed for dogs. The collar, which includes a number of biometric sensors, measures vital signs.

    In addition to the above mentioned products, many other wearable surprises are expected to debut at CES this year, skyrocketing wearable technology to a new level of popularity. CES 2014 will take place from Tuesday, January 7 to Friday, January 10 in Las Vegas.

    Article Link: Wearable Technology at CES 2014: Smart Watches, Activity Trackers, Glasses, and More
  2. macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    Still don't see the appeal in the glasses or the watches...
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    It'll be interesting to see how these play out and whether or not they become common enough to see regularly.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    This all sounds like just more garbage for the landfill and lots of answers to questions no one asked.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    Based on the examples shown to date, is it an industry requirement that "smartwatches" be butt ugly?
  7. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    You never know, many didn't see the appeal in a 3.5 touchscreen phone in 2007, and look where we are now.
  8. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I continue to be thoroughly uninterested in these products. I can imagine the pebble being useful, but the price is far too high. Nothing the competitors add seems evenly remotely useful.

    Apple gave it some killer apps. Namely the highly capable web browser. It also was very good at the other things it did, but the web browser was the big thing.

    These watches don't do anything particularly well.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Am I the only one that DOESN'T care?


    Hey me too!
  10. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Pretty much. Can't wait until CES (and all the hype around it) is over.
  11. macrumors newbie


    Mar 11, 2007
    Maple Grove, MN
    Wrist devices depending on features or functionality, could become interesting, Google Glass, has never been popular, never ever will be. Most people that have them are frowned upon based on articles from people silly enough to try and wear them routinely.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    lol, couldnt agree more.

    Google Glass = CRAP
  13. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I'm interested more in 4k video cameras at the prosumer level and want to see where that goes.

    As for the wearables, I recently purchased a Nike Fuelband and love it. The smart watches haven't sold me yet, very curious to see what Apple does here. Although if Apple sticks to their release schedule in recent years, we won't have anything to see until June at WWDC, and the watch probanly not until late in the year.
  14. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
  15. macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    I imagine a scenario where all of the market analysts rush out and buy their coveted iWatch and are immediately shocked that it doesn't do anything their phone didn't already do. Then they blame the poor sales figures on Apple for lackluster innovation instead of remembering that they were the only ones asking for this product to begin with. And it will be yet another sign to them that Google and Samsung are the companies to watch. (no pun intended)
  16. macrumors 6502a

    louis Fashion

    Jan 22, 2010
    Arizona, USA
    I spy

    All the better for NSA to track you with.

    I wonder if the Hell Fire system can lock on to a so called smart watch.
  17. macrumors 603


    Apr 21, 2003
    Wearable technology is the future.

    People once thought "whats the point of an iPod or smartphone".. the same will be for smart watches, smart glasses et al. All Very Cool.

    There will be a lot of competition, some utter crap and a few winners which will become mainstream.

    Google Glasses is far too new to make any assumption about its success. First, the price is high, and second, limited availability. If Google Glasses isn't a success, future alternatives will be.
  18. macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    well now this is completely not true. the reason the iPhone was so successful was that it WAS a technology people were readily waiting for. with phones from samsung, nokia and motorola at the time continually increasing in screen size while including more functionality with each release, the "smart phone" was a proven market. the fact that Apple was able to produce a phone that very well enhanced all of the most important aspects of the smart phones available at the time made it feel as though they had created an entirely new segment in the market. but smart phones existed already and weren't considered novelty items, not to mention the fact that whereas smart phones replaced several items at once, a "smart watch" would be adding an item back in, without reducing the need for any of the other things people already carry around with them.
  19. macrumors 68040


    Aug 6, 2007
    I do believe you are right. Can't imagine wearing anything remotely like any of them. Most look like a 5 year old kids toy from a happy meal. I'm sure Apple's will be nicer looking, but still . . . :eek:
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012

    Wearable technology has a long way to go.

    A SmartWatch is only going to succeed if it is a freestanding device. I just don't see it becoming a big seller if they're tethered to a phone as an expensive accessory.

    Glasses are an interesting idea and I could see it in particular vertical markets, medicine for example for instant access to medical records or Laparoscopic camera video. Or for real estate so the agent can look up details during a showing. For general use I just don't see it. Too obtrusive, can't use it with glasses, etc.
  21. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Pebble "seasoned veteran?" C'mon their current (relevant) watch isn't even a year old yet and it's full capability isn't exactly mature at this point. Plus the design is clunky. I don't think "seasoned veteran" is an accurate description. Maybe category leader?
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2013
    It's not time for wearable devices yet. Smartwatch won't be so smart if batterry won't last at least a week. Btw, wtf is it for?
  23. macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    very few people ever said those things.

    and if you consider the fact that there are many people who choose to stick tiny pieces of glass or plastic directly to their eyeballs instead of simply correcting their vision with a pair of eyeglasses, it is hard to imagine a future where Google Glass or any other eyewear technology saturates the market. and lets not forget the people who choose not to correct their vision at all, simply to avoid wearing glasses.
  24. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
  25. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Think of it as a "dumb terminal" and your phone is the mainframe feeding it. For a lot of us our phone is never in a convenient place when we need immediate info... it's buried in a pocket or bag or car console. A watch solves that problem plus adds additional functionality. I have to disagree with you because I think it would be a flop if it wasn't tethered to a phone b/c no one wants to have to constantly update apps (apps, not firmware) on another device.

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