Are you thinking of buying a smart watch? Did you get one as a gift over the holidays this past Christmas? Or maybe you have no clue what a smart watch is, but you clicked on this article hoping to find out. Whatever your reason for reading this, you would like to know more about some of the features that smart watches have. First, let us look at what exactly a smart watch is.
What is a smart watch?
A smart watch is a digital wrist watch with a lot more functionality than regular Analog watches. They usually consist of a touch screen interface, and grant users nifty features that regular plain old watches wish they had. One major feature of smart watches is that they can synchronize with your smartphone, so you can view notifications without having to retrieve your phone from your pocket, among other things.
Although most smart watches are not made as standalone devices (they need a smartphone or other devices with internet connectivity to function), they are rapidly rising in both popularity as well as features.
As amazing as this technology seems, smart watches are not a new concept. In fact smart watches can be traced as far back as 1984. Many industry experts believe that now is the time for the smart watch to arise and take its place as the next big thing.
Below in this article, we will list 7 amazing features that smart watches currently possess that just might prove the experts right, and usher in the age of smart watches.
1. Make and Receive Calls
Yes you read that correctly! Some smart watches actually allow you to make and receive phone calls. By inserting your sim card into the device, you can make and receive calls and messages directly from your smart watch. This is perfect for those occasions that you prefer not to bring a cell phone along, such as during class or going for a jog.
It’s also a perfect opportunity for you to look like you just hoped out of James Bond’s personal vault, and stole one of his baller gadgets. So the next time you see someone talking into their wrist, make sure you check twice before you call the loony bin.
2. Run Apps
Like smartphones, apps are the backbone of a good smart watch. The 3 main Operating Systems that currently run on smart watches are Android Wear for android powered devices, Pebble for Pebble devices and Samsung devices run Tizen OS. Of all the competing smart watch devices, Android is currently leading the pack with a wide array of apps available.
Some of the popular apps available in the Android Wear store are:
- Evernote – This note app allow you to dictate voice notes and read notes straight from your wrist
- Google Maps – With the power of Google Maps at your wrist, you will never get lost again! (Hopefully.) It even vibrates the smart watch when it is time to turn onto another street!
- Phone finder – Tired of losing track of your phone? Well the Wear Aware app will buzz your arm whenever you are a certain distance away from your phone, and even gives you the option of sounding an alarm on your phone to see if it is hidden somewhere nearby.
Many smart watches are waterproof. While some are fully waterproof up to certain depths, other can only withstand a few splashes and puddles. In any case, it’s good to know that your gizmo will have at least minimal protection against the elements. It would suck on so many levels if a light drizzle ruined your spanking new (and probably expensive) smart watch!
4. Wireless Charging
Also known as inductive charging, this is the process of charging your device through the use of an electromagnetic field to transfer energy from one object to another. In other words, you place your watch on the charging dock and it will charge it, without using any wires. Some smart watches use snap on chargers as well, so you can charge while on the go.
5. Voice Command
For some devices with built in microphones, you have the option of entering voice commands, or even composing text messages and emails. As you can imagine, maneuvering on such a small surface as a watch screen can sometimes be awkward and uncomfortable at best. To counteract that handicap, many of the higher end smart watches allow you to perform some functions like typing via voice.
Some other functions you can perform with voice control are:
- Set alarms or reminders
- Play music
- View your daily agenda
- Search on Google
- Take notes
6. Heart Rate Monitoring
Tracking your heart rate during exercise just got a whole lot easier. Many smart watches have built in heart rate sensors, usually found on the back of the device (the side that rest on your skin) that keep track of heart rate. A few smart watches can even automatically keep record of your pulse all day, and even provide you with daily summaries.
7. Sailing functionality
This feature will come in handy for the sailors and boat owners out there. During the America’s Cup boating competition held in 2013, team USA partnered with TAG Heuer to create a custom designed watch for each member of their team. This allowed the crew to connect to race data that was crucial to them in real time. The watches were customized to each sailor’s specific duties, and was connected to the on board computers wirelessly.
Although the exact version used by the team was not commercially released, TAG Heuer have released a limited edition version that is on sale at select stores. Some functions that the sailing watch can display are boats speeds, true wind speed, true wind direction and true wind angle.
Looking to Get Smart Too?
There you have it. 7 Amazing features you probably didn’t know that smart watches had. Now you probably can’t wait to get a smart watch of your own. Admit it, you would love one, especially one that is affordable. Well no worries, I have your back. You can check out the stunning Casio Bluetooth 4.0 Stainless Steel Watch we reviewed earlier this week for a powerful, yet affordable, option! You can also see the full range of smart watches on our website.