From:  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2014/02/smart-watch-review-is-this-a-must-have-gadget/index.htm

Basically, smartwatches are wearable-technology devices that maintain a relatively persistent wireless connection to your mobile device—usually a smart phone—and can receive notifications of incoming calls, texts, instant messages, social-network updates, and more, from that device. Some can also let you accept and conduct phone calls right on the watch. And even newer models (the Samsung Gear S, for one) can act as smart phones all on their own, without needing a paired phone nearby.

Smartwatches, like smart phones, can also run apps, via your smart phone or right on the watch. These include health and fitness apps (thus the comparison with activity trackers), apps that control functions such as music and the camera on your phone, navigation apps, and more. Because most smartwatches have open software platforms (at least so far), developers are coming up with new and innovative apps that can increase the functionality of the devices.

Some examples of Smart Watches include:

  • Apple Watch
  • Samsung Gear
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Cookoo 2 Connected Watch
  • LG G Watch W100
  • Martian Notifier
  • MetaWatch M1
  • Motorola Moto 360
  • MS Band
  • Fitbit

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