Since its launch in June, GEAK Watch, the first “Smartwatch” by Chinese tech company iGeak, has become the bright spot in China’s hi-tech industry. Used independently from the mobile phone, the new ‘second-screen’ is likely to get tech-lovers buzzing.
Meanwhile Motorola Mobility’s Moto 360 smartwatch is also due for it’s official launch. After several tease previews and a guest appearances at Google’s I/O developer conference in June, the ‘smartwatch’ will get a proper debut on September 4.
Still, Motorola has picked a busy period for its launch event. It comes a day after Samsung’s splashy, three-city Unpacked event, with Samsung expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 4, a virtual reality device, along with another smartwatch.
The week after, Apple is also expected to unveil the new iPhone6, while online rumors on the iWatch say its release date could also be in September.
However these Smartwatch models will not be the first of its kind to be released. The device’s debut actually dates back to 1977, when HP launched the world’s first smartwatch, the HP-01, which had functions including calendar, calculator, calculagraph and basic data storage.
Google’s Smartwatch will be available soon after the company begins mass production of the device in Asia. The Smartwatch, which will run on Android, will be integrated with Google Now. Google has also been working to reduce power consumption on the Smartwatch so it won’t require frequent battery charges, according to an intelligent personal assistant from Google. The Smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user’s email through Google Now.