Rise of the smart watch

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20 May 2018, 10:39

When Jason Sapara understands a text message, he does not reach for his phone. He looks at his wrist.

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Mr. Sapara wears a Pebble smart watch. The wristwatch and Android along with Apple phones wirelessly connect. After calls, texts, or e-mails roll, they show up on the watch. This very simple advantage has already saved his bacon on a few events.

"When my phone is in my pocket, I don't feel or hear that a text message come from," says that the co-founder and chief technology officer for the crowdfunding website Pikatik in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. "Somehow, my wife has an uncanny knack to always text message me something that's very important while I am outside. Quality of life has improved because I feel the watch vibrate"

Ahead of the Pebble, time seemed to be running out for wristwatches. Luxury timepieces remain as status symbols, but a lot of young folks couldn't care less. One year ago, Sapara's iPhone was that the sole clock that he needed. It required a wristwatch that acts like a wise telephone to change his thoughts. But as the Pebble nears its first birthday, rumors persist that Apple and Google are at work on their clever watches.

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This wristwatch renaissance began last year after Pebble turned to Kickstarter, a site where creative companies can gather early financing to receive their projects off the ground. Pebble reported that it needed approximately 900 individuals to pre-order the 150 watch. It met that target in under two hours. In less than a week, it increased $4.7 million, which makes it the most successful effort in Kickstarter history.

Within four weeks, the company said it would need to end the pre requisite period early, until demand overwhelmed the young startup. From the end of this 38-day campaign, 68,929 people had jointly pledged about $10.3 million.

From the box, the Pebble can display incoming messages, start and stop songs in your phone, and display the time with a variety of watch faces. The company promises new applications every few weeks, such as a bike odometer, a golf range finder, and a software development kit that will enable folks to design and discuss their own opinion faces.

Nonetheless, these apps are somewhat limited. The Pebble's Bluetooth connection can only access specific components of a phone.

Mobile tech analyst Bob Egan says firms may open up more of their telephones if the scuttlebutt about big-name smart watches turns out to be true.

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Bloomberg reported in March that Apple has about 100 product designers cooking up an "iWatch." Apple declined to comment on the rumor, but the company received a patent this season for a touch-sensitive wristwatch that can communicate using an iPhone.

Similar reports have trickled out from Google, while Apple's marketplace nemesis, Samsung, released the Galaxy Gear before this season.

"At this stage, it is still a major science experiment," says Mr. Egan, chief analyst for the Sepharim Group at Falmouth, Mass.. Smart watches can kick off a second program revolution, hastening the billion-dollar industry that's grown around phone software. Or, they can land with a thud. Sony and others released smart watches prior to the Pebble to little fanfare and anemic sales.

Egan, whose Pebble came the same day he spoke with all the Monitor, says the guarantee of smart watches won him immediately, but most people will need more convincing: "My wife told me now, 'You are going to wear this instead of your Breitling? You are such a nerd.' " The next day, Egan posted on Twitter, "Wife now thinks it is cool and needs you. She doesn't understand one is on its way"
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