Waterproof Sneer “iWatch” Smartwatch

 Waterproof Sneer iWatch Smartwatch Waterproof Sneer iWatch SmartwatchBilling your smartwatch as the “iWatch” is a marketing ploy that I would hope wouldn’t be fooling anyone into thinking they are buying a real Apple iWatch. But I’ve seen worse marketing ploys. And if you are to believe Sneer, their watch is a pretty super smartwatch.

According to Sneer, it’s smartwatch Waterproof Sneer iWatch Smartwatch basically replaces your cell phone. It’s about the size of normal wristwatch, but in that little watch lies a monster of technology. You can answer and receive phone calls, listen to mp3’s, and get different alarms. It has the ability synce calendar appointments and alert you to calendar events. Plus you can pick up the radio, and listen to broadcasts with bluetooth headphones. And although it doesn’t have a camera built in, it can control the camera on your smartphone. Plus it has a built in pedometer, and alarms you when you have been sitting too long.

That’s a lot to offer in a smartwatch that costs under $200. Especially when similar watches like the Samsung Gear is around the $300 mark, and the upcoming Apple iWatch will be selling for about they same. But how do the reviews pan out?

Sneer “iWatch” Review

Is the Sneer waterproof smart watch with touch screen worth the money? According most verified purchasers at Amazon, the Sneer is a pretty decent smartwatch. It basically does what it is supposed to do. However reviews state that the phone is more splash resistant then waterproof, plus there aren’t any firmware updates. That’s not good, since most software has bugs.

What I have found elsewhere on the internet seems to support most of the company’s claims. However a glaring negative that I’ve read in a few reviews, is it’s inability to receive texts. And a lack of apps. I mean no apps at all. Something that the Apple iWatch will have in spades.

A big positive that was noted is the ability of the watch to use a SIM card. That’s nice for storage of photos and music.

So, if you just want to feed your smartwatch appetite, without the want or ability to shell out upwards of $300, then the Sneer “iWatch” might be just what you’re looking for.

Check out our smartwatch guide here. The Sneer Watch can also be bought at Amazon.

Uno Noteband

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I don’t have much information on the upcoming wearable “Uno Noteband“, but it popped up in my Facebook feed, so I looked into it.

From what I can understand, the Uno displays your messages on your wrist using Spritz technology.  Spritz tech is a reading compression technology which shows text in one-word increments in rapid succession. So instead of getting your messages on your smart phone, you can just look down at your wrist and speed read by using something they call “Optimal Recognition Point” in each word.

According to the Spritz website, “When reading, only around 20 percent of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80 percent is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning for the next ORP. With Spritz we help you get all that time back.”

That sounds pretty good to me. It’s also a fitness tracker, but first and foremost it’s about making incoming notifications easier to process.  And it has support for gamers, who can see notifications from friends, alerts and invitations from the likes of Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and Steam.

Uno is strictly a read only device, so if you want to respond, you’ll have to pull out your smart phone.

I’ll post more information as it comes available.

Brushed Stainless Steel Pebble Smart Watch

61rNJehV8QL. SL1024  Brushed Stainless Steel Pebble Smart WatchThe brushed stainless steel Pebble Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Devices  Brushed Stainless Steel Pebble Smart Watchis arguably one of the finest looking smart watches on the market. I’ve heard people complain about looking like a dork with other smart watch selections, but the Pebble is cool and sleek, and pretty much looks like a really nice watch.

The big reason for a smart watch is the ease it takes to read incoming texts and other notifications, without have to actually take your phone out of your pocket. Many circumstances this can be rude or otherwise frowned upon, such as a meeting, movie, a date, etc.

The Pebble makes it easy to read notifications using e-paper technology, which allows users to read notifications in full sun light, unlike some other smart phones. Plus there are a ton of apps to download, too many to list here, but a few include  weather ujpdates, stock alerts, train schedules, and so on and so on.

One of the best things I like about the Pebble Brushed Stainless Steel Pebble Smart Watch is the ability to change the watch face. There are over a 1,000 different Pebble watch face options. I’m a watch guy, so I want my smart watch to look like I’m wearing a regular watch, and with Pebble I can do just that.

The Pebble is also waterproof up to 165 feet, so no need to take it off before swimming. And you won’t have to worry about sweat or rain destroying it.

And like most smart watches, the Pebble connects wirelessly via Bluetooth with iOS and Android devices. It last up to 7 days on one charge.

Brushed Steel Pebble Watch Reviews

Most reviews of the Pebble are positive. Most reviewers like that the watch is water proof, making it a hardy choice for swimmers, as well as people who shower and hit the sauna while wearing their watch. Plus others like the fact that the brushed steel watch doesn’t look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but rather a nice high end watch. And the gorilla glass is impossible to scratch.

Most of all users like the ease of checking messages while driving or sitting in meetings, without having to take out their cell phones. And the ability to read email, see incoming calls, calendars and a host of great apps on their wrist.

So, overall the Brushed Metal Pebble gets superior reviews. On Amazon Brushed Stainless Steel Pebble Smart Watch it gets, it gets 4 stars out of 5 stars, out of 154 customer reviews.

Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band

About the Vivofit

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The stylish looking Vivofit Fitness Band by Garmin Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band is a top notch for your activity tracking needs. Out of all the fitness bands that I’ve looked at, this one is quite attractive. First off I like that it serves as a watch. I’m a little old fashioned in that I like to look to my wrist for the time, rather than pull out of phone to check. Plus it’s very minimal looking and comes in a color for just about anyone’s taste.

The Vivofit has most of the standard features that you’re going to find in most of the top notch fitness bands, but seems to go a little farther.

The Vivofit learns about your average activity while you wear it, assigning you goals to meet and improve on your activity. As you get stronger, the Vivofit adjusts the milestones it sets for you, getting you healthier day by day. And with a heart rate monitor built in, you can check out your heartrate.

One way it does this is by reminding you to get up and move. With most of us sitting at desks all day, we often get lulled into forgetting that we need to move to stay healthy. The Vivofit will remind you to get up and move with a red move bar that appears when you’ve been inactive for too long. It builds until you get up and do something for a couple of minutes.

Plus there’s no need to worry about device running out of juice, since a charge to your battery lasts past a year.

Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band Review

There seems to be more pros than cons for Vivofit in web reviews. Their is almost universal praise that the battery lasts for at least a year without a recharge, but a side effect to that is that the display is without a backlight, making it difficult to read in low light conditions. So if you are in a lot of low light conditions, and you really need to see the display, than the Vivofit might not be for you.

Garmin Connect is Garmin’s online fitness community. It allows you to sync data from your device to observe your accomplishments, and generally see how your doing. According to some reviews, a downside is that you must manually sync your information, with a touch of a button. So it doesn’t send your date automatically. For most users that isn’t a really big deal.

But in almost all other categories, the Garman Vivofit gets glowing reviews. Users are most impressed that the Vivofit is able to learn your normal activity levels, and won’t push your goals into something that you probably won’t be able to achieve. Plus you don’t have to put in your workout goals manually, something that has tripped me up on occasion, as I either take it too easy on myself, or push myself too far, resulting in injury.

Most users also like the device’s rubber band, as it is water proof, so you can use it in the pool, rain or in the shower.

So, overall this device gets superior reviews. On Amazon.com, Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band out of 1,002 customer reviews, the Vivofit gets 3.5 stars out of 4 stars.

Notion Smarthome Sensors

Notion Smarthome Sensor

Notion is smart home device I heard about over at Werd. Notion lets you monitor what is going on in your home, via your smart phone, for things like the levels of your propane tank, water leaks, or if someone is trying to get into your gun safe.

Each purchase of Notion Smart Home includes a Hub, a Multi-function sensor, capable of detecting 8 customized actions and an app for iOS and Android.

According to their Kickstarter campaign, the Notion has 7 advaced sensors:

Accelerometer can tell you if your garage door is opened
Ambient light sensor knows if lights have been left on when they shouldn’t be
Gyroscope measures if a door or window opens
Temperature sensor can tell you if your HVAC system is down by detecting if the temperature of your house is getting too hot or cold
Piezoelectric transducer measures natural frequency and tells you things like how full a propane tank is or if a smoke alarm is going off
Proximity sensor will alert you if a gun safe is opened
Water leak probes instantly alerts you the second there is a leak

Check out their Kickstarter for more information.

The Badge by NOVO is a Cool and Unique Watch

The Badge by Novo

NOVO makes some very interesting watches, which I’ve covered before on this blog. They really have a knack on breaking the common watch mold.

Take their new watch, The Badge. It’s design is simple, and there is beauty in it’s minimalism. Nothing fancy or gaudy. Nothing is making the watch look crowded with a bunch of functions. Just a very nice looking timepiece that happens to very tough. I myself like the white watch face with the black band, but the other colors are striking as well.

The way it tells times is best told by the video I’ve embedded below. It’s doesn’t use the conventional hour and minute hands, but it is easily readable just the same.

The Badge is a Kickstarter project, so if you’re interested in contributing head over to their Kickstarter page.

Wahoo TICKR X Lightweight Activity Tracker

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This one is for the person who can’t afford to wearing anything that is going to slow down their workout. The Wahoo TICKR X is a light weight activity tracker that can work with or without a phone. And it’s specifically designed for the hardcore crossfit, swimmer and/or runner.

The TICKR X is super light. When you want to use the TICKR X in device-free mode, you can capture a lot of useful information, including heart rate, calorie burn, workout duration, for 16 hours before it runs out of it’s charge. You can then auto sync your workout to your phone.

The TRICKR also includes something called Running Smoothness. A built in accelerometer is used to measure your running form, including ground contact time and vertical Oscillation. When added to Wahoo’s Running Smoothness algorithm, it gives a 360 degree view of your running form. All of this is to improve your performance over time, ie. fat burning, run faster, run better.

The heart rate monitor features the ability to mark points to review after the workout. A double tap will sends a signal to the TICKR X to vibrate when the marker has been made.

$99.99 and is available now.

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