Smart watches: They arent just for geeks anymore
Smart watches: They arent just for geeks anymore The Guess Connect smartwatch is dislpayed at the Martian booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show. At left, Glide's live video messaging app runs on a prototype (AP photos)
Smart watches: They arent just for geeks anymore
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Smartwatches don't have to look ugly. Designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches. The designers hope people will want to wear them day and night.

Apple is preparing to release a new watch line. It will include an 18-karat gold edition. Rival companies know that if the watches aren't attractive, the market won't grow. Today, smartwatches include only a small group of users.

"The big brick on the wrist is not what a fashionable person is going to wear on a day-to-day basis," says Cindy Livingston. She is CEO of Sequel. It's a Timex business that makes traditional watches. They are sold under the Guess clothing brand. That's especially true for women, she says. Many of the existing smartwatches are simply too big for their wrists.

At the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas, Guess said it's partnering with Martian Watches. They will make a line of fashionable smartwatches. Guess took its leading line of traditional watches, Rigor, and incorporated Martian's technology. From a distance, the new Guess Connect watch looks like a Rigor. It has hands and a crown, or dial, on the right. Closer inspection reveals the addition of two control buttons. And a small, one-line display for notifications near 6 o'clock.

The Consumer Electronics Association projects that U.S. sales of wearable devices will reach 31 million this year. That is up 61 percent. Most will be health and fitness devices, such as step counters. General-purpose smartwatches are expected to reach just 11 million. That's about a third of all wearable devices. It is more than quadruple what was sold in 2014.

The high-fashion smartwatches will cost about $450 compared with $200 to $300 for typical smartwatches.

Critical thinking challenge: What makes a smartwatch smart"?

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  • SamNicole99
    1/16/2015 - 10:19 a.m.

    Smartwatches are "smart" because they can do more technological than most watches.

  • DakotaD99
    1/16/2015 - 10:20 a.m.

    The watches can be used for fitness purposes like a step counter. It can notify you about things as well.

  • Ashtyn44
    1/16/2015 - 10:21 a.m.

    Smartwatches are called "smart" because they have technology and can do more than any watch can do.

  • Olivia817
    1/16/2015 - 10:22 a.m.

    Smart watches are "smart" because they are able to do things most watches cannot. Most watches can just tell the time, but smart watches can Skype, read your text messages, tell you the temperature, and also tell the time.

  • Tylerrrm
    1/16/2015 - 10:23 a.m.

    A smart watch is smart because of the multiple things you can do with it. It is basically the size of a regular watch so its not much different. An example is that you can text on it.

  • ChieleyversusGender
    1/16/2015 - 02:35 p.m.

    I think a smart watch should have the capabilities of what we expect of today's smartphone: making calculations, connecting with people through things like face time and texting, browsing capabilities. Also, it should tell time. :)

  • Matthewr2000
    1/16/2015 - 02:36 p.m.

    I think a smart watch must have most of the things like having cellular reception and wi-fi accessibility. It also needs an app store and most importantly its needs to be able to keep your contacts saved on the watch.

  • SwordArtOnlineKaylee
    1/16/2015 - 02:36 p.m.

    The smart watch is "smart" is because of all of todays technology. It probably has a G.P.S, and of course a clock. It also probably has something like Siri so if you have questions you can ask Siri. Which also probably includes internet on it so u can watch videos or movies. So that's why I believe smart watches are smart. :)

  • Parkermt
    1/16/2015 - 02:37 p.m.

    What makes a smart-watch "smart" is if it can do anything a "smart" phone can do.

  • sabrinalynn1014
    1/16/2015 - 02:37 p.m.

    a smartwatch is smart because of the hightec quality and the way you can facetime people and add reminders to it

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