whatever the built-in still and video
cameras are looking at. Cyborg
creepy doesn’t begin to describe it.
Yet, I suspect that these glasses will
be a popular wearable.
Other wearables you may have
seen are the fitness gadgets that
measure heart rate, breathing rate,
steps taken, and the like. Arm and
chest straps with sensors send data to
a watch for monitoring.
The new smartwatches are
actually peripherals to your
smartphone. Think about what your
smartphone really is. It is a powerful
multi-core computer that happens to
have several two-way radios built in
for cell phone conversations, email,
texts, and Internet access. Your
smartphone also runs many different
application programs making it as
useful as your laptop or PC. Since it
is a computer, why not give it some
peripherals? For example, a
smartphone peripheral is a Bluetooth
The whole idea of a smartwatch
is that it is more convenient to use
than your smartphone. You
can keep your smartphone
in your pocket or purse and
rely on the watch for more
useful functions. The watch
links to the smartphone by
way of a Bluetooth radio in
both units. You can answer
calls, text, take pictures, and,
of course, see what time it
is. Different watch models
functions. With a
don’t have to be
staring down at
your phone all
the time like most
people do these days.
The best way to
describe what these watches
do is to introduce you to
what is currently available or
what will be shortly.
The most popular and
best selling smartphones in
the world are the Galaxy
models from Samsung. The
Galaxy S3 and S4 models
have consistently outsold
Apple’s iPhones. Their large
screen (Figure 2) ( 5+ inch)
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stylus for writing and drawing.
Even Apple is said to be
working on an iWatch, so
keep an eye out for it in the