There are now tons of smart watches on the market, many from smaller players, but the big guys are increasingly moving into the market as well. While many are still not convinced of the smart watch concept, as a happy Pebble owner, I can say that it really does change my relationship with my phone (i.e., I use the phone a lot less, and am better able to stay informed on important things, without having to constantly pull out my phone). For me it's been pretty powerful. That said, for this week's awesome stuff
, we're looking at three crowdfunding projects for things that aren't quite
smart watches, but might interest some people who are curious about smart watches, but haven't quite made the leap yet.
- The Sim
First up, we have the Sim. Rather than a smart watch, its wrist strap has three NFC chips built in, which can be programmed to trigger functionality on your phone. In many ways this is a lot closer to projects like the Pressy or the Dimple.io that enable outside forces to power your smartphone to do simple tasks like take a photo or open a particular app.
- The Glance
Next up, we have the Glance, which is a little device that you stick inside your regular watch wristband, which acts just like a typical smart watch. In other words, if you like the notification features of a smart watch like the Pebble, but hate the actual look of smart watches, you can keep using your own, and just slide this little device into the wrist band. It's a "smart accessory" to a watch to make it like a smart watch.
- The Modilillian Smart Strap
Finally, we have the Modillian Smart Strap, which is very similar in concept to the Glance above, except rather than being a device that you slip into any watchband, this is a watchband itself that you can attach to basically any standard watch, again, allowing you to turn a more typically designed watch into a smart watch-like setup with certain notification powers.
That's it for this week...