Since Dick Tracy started calling the station from his wrist, the world has waited for high-tech, computerized watches. In the 1980s, Casio came out with calculator watches, while the 1990s and 2000s saw a number of lame attempts to sync wrist pieces with the PC. Finally, in 2012, we’re starting to see real, useful watches that work with our phones and the cloud to help us stay connected, fit and informed. Here are our five favorites so far.
Where most smart watches are all but useless if they are not actively tethered to a phone, the WIMM One gets updates via Wi-Fi every hour. With a custom version of Android and its own micro app store, this watch is more than just a handset companion; it's an entirely new platform that's capable of delivering news, weather, social updates and more, directly from the cloud to your wirst.
Unlike competitors that go dark when not in use, the WIMM One's face continues to display the current time, date and temperature, even when it's asleep.