Updated: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 by Rad

A smartwatch (or smart watch) is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping. Some smartwatches models, also called watch phones, feature full mobile phone capability, and can make or answer phone calls.

Like other computers, a smartwatch may collect information from internal or external sensors. It may control, or retrieve data from, other instruments or computers. It may support wireless technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS. However, it is possible a "wristwatch computer" may just serve as a front end for a remote system, as in the case of watches utilizing cellular technology or Wi-Fi.

Pebble Smartwatch running the futura weather watch face.

Source: Pebble Smartwatch running the futura weather watch face, by v_silvestri, flickr, License: Creative Commons

In 2013, the global smartwatch industry reached a global market volume of USD 700 million, ten times the size of 2012. In 2014, the industry will grow to USD 2.5 billion - 5% the size of the watch industry. In the years to follow, the smartwatch industry will keep growing at a 3-digit rate.Source: Forbes

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