Like it or not, it looks like there's going to be a lot of companies wanting you to wear a computer on your wrist this year. The Sony SmartWatch ($150) is just the latest example. Sporting a 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen display, Bluetooth 3.0, and four days of battery life, this sleek, square-ish watch connects to your Android phone, giving you the ability to read texts and emails, receive Facebook and Twitter updates, initiate and answer calls, control music playback, and run apps optimized for the small screen from Google Play. Or you could just wear a Rolex/Omega/Casio — your call.
Thinking about strapping a color-screened gadget to your wrist in an effort to look even geekier? Why not give the Pebble ($115 and up) a shot instead. Developed by the same minds behind the inPulse smartwatch for Blackberry, the Pebble is an ePaper smartwatch for iOS and Android that connects to your handset via Bluetooth, offering wrist-based notifications like caller ID, email, calendar alerts, and Facebook and Twitter messages, the ability to function as a music controller, workout computer, and golf rangefinder, and, of course, a variety of sexy watchfaces for plain ol' time-telling. On Kickstarter now, with shipments to begin in September.
Remember the Qlocktwo, the wall clock that eschewed numbers for common phrases to tell you the time? Well, now you can wear that same technology on your wrist. The Qlocktwo Watch (€550; roughly $725) features a uniform grid of 110 letters, which it uses to display phrases like "It is half past nine" whenever you press the side-mounted stainless steel button. Other features include a square brushed stainless steel casing in natural or black, the ability to show the calendar day or seconds — with two and three presses of the single button, respectively — and a rubber or leather strap. [Scouted by Erik]