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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  • rachel2018
    1/16/2015 - 02:39 p.m.

    They call it smartwatch "smart" because it has more technology and can do more things than most regular watches can do.

  • Katelynn_3813
    1/16/2015 - 02:40 p.m.

    Smart watches are smart because it has hands like a crown, dial on the right, and has two control buttons. It also has a small display on it for notifications near six o'clock. They also will be used as health and fitness devices.

  • ConnortheNon-Capitalist
    1/16/2015 - 02:40 p.m.

    Smartwatches are smart because they have the technology to do what other watches cannot. In society there are smart people and non-smart people. So I take that fact into account with the watches. Like people in society, non-smart people only know a certain amount of information. However, smart people know more. I compare these watches to said people in society. These watches have the capability to use technology, but other watches cannot. That's why it is called a smartwatch.

  • Makenna_fob
    1/16/2015 - 02:41 p.m.

    I believe that what makes a smart watch smart is its many technological features. Some features such as face timing, receiving texts, and playing music are what makes them smart. Also there ability to be used easily and efficiently.

  • morgan31
    1/16/2015 - 02:41 p.m.

    It makes it smart because it is a smaller sized watch that has many buttons, and is a very digital watch.

  • 2018hwoodard
    1/16/2015 - 02:47 p.m.

    I think smartwatches are great because you can keep it on your wrist and not worry about losing it.

  • ilovesydney
    1/16/2015 - 02:49 p.m.

    A smart watch is made "smart" through the added tools and benefits that come along with the device. Smart watches can come with all sorts of tools, including reminders, apps, a camera, a possible phone connection, and many more. They have become very advanced. Even though they might not be considered "fashionable" by everyone, they could change the technology and watch industry for good.

  • Hannah3900
    1/16/2015 - 02:51 p.m.

    A smart watch is smart because it is able to do things other watches cant.

  • Christopher22222
    1/16/2015 - 02:53 p.m.

    Its the exact same thing that makes you phones or cars smart, computers. The computer that is your phone let's you do so much more than just call and text, and these "smart watches" are no different.

  • Gracie488
    1/18/2015 - 10:00 p.m.

    What makes a smartwatch "smart," is the fact that it has functions beyond just telling the time. For example, a smartwatch can play music, make and answer phone calls, and play video files via Bluetooth headset. Smartwatches may also include a camera, compass, calculator, touch screen, and a thermometer.

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