Wearable tech is in!
Let us break this fad down for you: Have you heard of Microsoft's wireless charging pants? How about the new version of the Oculus Rift? We're pretty sure the buzz surrounding the upcoming Google Glass has reached your tutuli-filled ears.
And of all the different kinds of wearable gadgets we have today, one group clearly has seen waaay more activity than the rest. We're talking about smartwatches, a.k.a. those little wrist-huggers that make you feel like you're RoboCop.
You've got the likes of the Galaxy Gear, the Pebble, and adidas' own miCoach fitness watch getting geek hype. And just recently, at the on-going Google I/O conference (an annual event where the Big G showcases its latest products), another trio of high-profile smartwatches were introduced. Check 'em out below, the next-gen bros of your humble relo!
LG G WATCH
Korean tech powerhouse LG has finally dipped into the smartwatch pool. Its first-ever offering: the sleek little square thing called the G Watch.
Running on Google's own smartwatch platform, Android Wear, the G Watch can be used to view messages and receive call notifications when paired with a smartphone. It also has a 1.65-inch touchscreen, where you can view loads of info, from map data to weather deets. The G Watch is also water and dust-resistant, so you need not worry shielding it when the skies literally rain on your parade.
Hardware highlights: 1.65-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, Bluetooth, 400mAh battery
SAMSUNG GEAR LIVE
The Android sibling of the Galaxy Gear, the Gear Live does the standard smartwatch stuff: tell the digital time, notify you of calls, and display messages. Since it's also running on Android Wear, it will have access to certain Google apps, like Gmail and Google Maps. And—get this—the darn thing also listens! Yes, the Gear Live supports voice commands so you can ask it for things, like sports scores, weather details, or even make it send a text message. It's like a personal assistant sitting pretty on your wrist, bro!
Hardware highlights: 1.63-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, heart rate monitor, 300mAh battery, Bluetooth
We don't know about you but this one is the prettiest smartwatch we've seen so far. Just take a look at how fine it is: