Gone are the days when we were satisfied with the ability to merely tell time, here is the age of the SmartWatch. A smartwatch is a computerized wristwatch, complete with functionality that is often compared to a PDA. Recent designs in smartwatches do much more than the basics of calculations, translations, and game-playing. Todays’ smartwatches are actually wearable computers. They run mobile apps and function as portable media players, offering playback of FM radio, audio, and video files to the user via a Bluetooth headset. Why is that woman staring at her wrist … oh, she appears to be watching a video. Some smartphone models, (also called watch phones) feature full mobile phone capability, and can make or answer phone calls. Wait … that woman appears to be talking to her wrist … oh, *looks confused* is she on the phone?
Smartwatch devices may include additional features such as a camera, thermometer, calculator, cell phone, touch screen, GPS navigation, map display, graphical display, speaker, scheduler, watch, SDcards that are recognized as a mass storage device by a computer, etc. and a rechargeable battery. It may communicate with a wireless headset, heads-up display, insulin pump, microphone, modem, or other devices. Seems many companies are searching for the next best thing to the iphone … and all devices will be subject to push that envelope.
Some have “sport watch” functionality as seen in GPS watches made for Training, Diving, and Outdoor sports. Functions can include training programs (such as intervals), lap times, speed display, GPS tracking unit, route tracking, dive computer, heart rate monitor compatibility, cadence sensor compatibility, and compatibility with sport transitions (as in triathlons).