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10 Wearables To Watch At CES 2014
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Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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1/8/2014 | 11:47:51 AM
Wearables
I'm excited for wearables as they might mean people will stop staring at their phones everytime there's a break in the conversation!
Laurianne
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1/8/2014 | 12:03:04 PM
Fitbit rivals
Interesting how many companies are getting into the Fitbit wristband device genre. Is fitness the need that will drive you to buy a wearable, or not?
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/8/2014 | 4:27:01 PM
Re: Fitbit rivals
You're right, fitness tracking wristbands are everywhere. But don't expect them to motivate people to exercise -- that desire has to come from a deeper place. That said, they are a great companion for the dedicated runner to gauge and collect performance data. I've been using the Nike+ app on my iPod Nano to monitor time, distance, pace and calories burned. But the app eats battery life for lunch!
Thomas Claburn
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1/8/2014 | 5:27:39 PM
Re: Fitbit rivals
> Is fitness the need that will drive you to buy a wearable, or not?

Nope. The exercise data gathering devices like Fitbit appear to be the most useable wearable tech devices so far, but I find the data they provide pointless. Knowing how far you've run or how fast may be satisfying on some level but it doesn't matter. It's not as if there's a specific theshold that separates the fit from the rest. The specific effect of exercise on a body at present is scientifically unknowable. The general effect is what matters: Improving health and feeling better. You don't need a yardstick for that. Nike got it right: Just do it.
Kristin Burnham
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1/8/2014 | 2:46:04 PM
Monitoring sun exposure?
It's no surprise to me that most of these wearables are health-related. But I had to chuckle when I read about the Netatmo that monitors your sun exposure. I can only imagine what my grandparents would say if they knew there were devices today that told you when you're getting a little too crispy.
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1/8/2014 | 4:54:26 PM
Accessories
Interesting how quickly CES have moved beyond 3-D TVs to wearable tech accessories.

 
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1/8/2014 | 5:10:59 PM
Re: Accessories
Another smart watch to launch is the SmartQ Z-Watch ($155) from Smart Devices, a company that introduced the world's first tablet with a built in DLP projector - winning a prestigious 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award; as for the Smart Q Z-watch, it's already gaining notice for its features and design, with a 1Ghz processor and high resolution color touchscreen display; and works with Android smartphones to handle phone calls & syncs schedules.

The Z-Watch also offers a full featured MP3 Player, walking/jogging pedometer and sleep analyzer, worldwide weather and much more - Smart Devices is also providing an Android 4.4 Kit Kat update along with the ability to work with Apple's iOS devices in February; and official App store launches at the same time.

One source for the new SmartQ Z-Watch is -- Tab l et Sp r int  - which also adds in an MP3 earphone kit with premium sound quality as part of an introductory promotion; plus features an aluminum band strap for $25 that gives the Z-Watch a premium look...
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/8/2014 | 5:28:05 PM
Pebble Steel looks pretty cool
But alas, it's way out of my price range. At least it looks like a watch. 
moarsauce123
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1/11/2014 | 7:32:02 AM
Re: Pebble Steel looks pretty cool
I think it is fugly, but that comes down to taste. I looked at all these products and could come up with absolutely no use for them, not even with imagination. The prices are just killer, especially since most of these toys need an expensive smartphone to give them some life.
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/13/2014 | 7:03:34 AM
Re: Pebble Steel looks pretty cool
The prices will come down but what exactly that price point will be for consumers as opposed to gadget geeks, is an open questions. We'll also need that killer app that makes the smart watch truly useful. Remember, the desktop computer was once considered a glorified typewriter for secretaries (remember that job type?) until Lotus invented the spreadsheet. 
vinayababu
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vinayababu,
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1/29/2014 | 5:18:07 AM
Best wearables
Qualcomm Toqis  the one which stand out among smart watches. Still it need lot of improvements, Apps, and  above all they need to bring down the price to a levell  that will make  every one to have access to it.If it works that way here is another winner  after the smart phones.


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