CES 2018 Wearables

At last a smartwatch for women

As smart as watches are these days, it’s taken a long time for designers to create one specifically for women.

Kate Spade has launched its own, built from the ground up. It’s called the Scallop, based on the Android OS, and will be available in several styles to sell at around $500.

The Scallop features nearly all the bells and whistles of any other model and with the strong Kate Spade pedigree it should be a winner. You’ll be able to choose between three different stylings, gold or rose gold with a leather band and a rose gold option that comes with a premium link band. Options include making your own watch face based on the time of day, the sort of occasion you’re attending and the colour of clothing you’re wearing.

Just like that, you have a smartwatch that looks hand picked for the night out.

Powered by your body heat

One of the most frustrating things about owning a smartwatch is having to charge it, so, what if your watch was powered just by being on your wrist? Matrix wowed CES last year, winning an Innovation Award and “Last Gadget Standing” Award for achieving just that.

The Matrix comes in three models, the PowerWatch ($US199), Black Ops Special Edition ($US239) and PowerWatch X ($US279), the latter being water resistant to 200 metres if you are a diver.

When you take the watch off, it'll go into a deep sleep mode, which means you don't have to wear it every day. It works with both Android and iOS devices and is available to order at https://www.powerwatch.com/.

Fitness first

Fitbit, the leading fitness wearables brand, is now shipping its hybrid fitness smartwatch - the Ionic - worldwide.

The Ionic offers a highly personalised experience built on Fitbit’s health and fitness expertise with a new relative SpO2 sensor, making it possible to track deeper health insights like sleep apnoea in the future, industry-leading GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking and is water resistant up to 50 meters. Plus, smart features like contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications and a variety of popular apps and clock faces are available in the Fitbit App Gallery.

Ionic also has up to 5 days battery life, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility. The latest software update includes more than 60 apps now available across a wide range of categories, 100+ clock faces and enhanced performance.

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