Smart Watches Are The Calculator Watch Of 2014

I don’t know if you are old enough to remember the original calculator watch, but I am. I just so happened to own a bright orange calculator watch and when I walked into school wearing that thing, you would have thought that I had traveled through time. Everyone was checking it out and before you knew it, they were all over the school. I guess that was the birth of me being not only a techy, but an early adopter to-boot.

Well, the new thing these days looks like a flash from the past to me. Smart watches seem to be taking over right now. I’m sure everyone has seen the commercials for the Galaxy Gear smart watch that syncs to the new Galaxy Note 3, but there are a ton of smart watches flooding the market right now.

The Pebble Smart Watch

The Pebble Smart Watch is a highly marketed smart watch and was actually financially backed while still in the concept phase. They are a favorite among users and its firmware can be upgraded to allow for future OS upgrades to the device. The downfall is that currently it does not have a very robust system or very many features.

Martian Smartwatch

This watch is by far the most elegant of all the Smartwatches. This is not a stand alone device and requires a sync to a user’s smartphone. It supports hands free voice commands and can even control the camera of your phone directly from the watch.

i’m Watch Smartwatch

This is by far the most modern looking watch of the Smartwatches.This too has firmware that can be upgraded which is a good thing. As of right now the device seems a little bare and could definitely use some more features, but the sleek and sturdy design make this watch supercool, looking.

Sony Smartwatch

This smartwatch is an Android only smartwatch but is one of the more polished models out there. It is the 2nd generation and they did quite a bit to make sure that it was a contender. I’m willing to be that if this watch offered support for iOS devices it would be a favorite amongst all users.

ConnecteDevice Cookoo Smartwatch

Very little funtionality, but it’s not trying to be something it’s not. Just a practical smartwatch that is more watch than smart. While the software feels like it’s almost in the beta stages, it has a really cool look.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

This device seems to be the benchmark by which all others will be measured. Very polished look as well as OS. Syncs with your Note 3 (which seems to be the big downfall, not compatible with other devices) and will allow for calls, emails, messaging, and will even help you locate your phone if it’s buried under a heap of paperwork. It also senses if you’ve walked away from your phone and locks it, then when you return unlocks the device with no password needed.

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Google+ Steps Up It’s Game [VIDEO]

Google announced at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco that Google+ would be getting 41 new features that affect the Stream, Hangouts and Photos sections.

Google’s Vic Gundotra announced the new multi-column design for the Stream, which went live yesterday. The redesign has a lot of geeky eye candy like clever animations and cards that look a lot like Google Now, with strong hints of Pinterest’s layout and style.

One of the many new features is the ability to click on a photo and flip it over to see similar photos with the same hashtag. Gundotra says that users will be able to exempt thier photos from the ‘related’ hashtag. Speaking of hashtags, one of the new features is auto-hashtags. Google+ will automatically “hash” your post with a relevant tag – pretty cool.

Most of these new features seem to prepare the world for Google Glass which I blogged about in December.

I very much enjoy using Google+ and I think people who give it a try will enjoy the experience and these new features make it more attractive than ever.

Give it 30 days and you may never go back to Facebook again.