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Take a look back at the history of smartwatches before Android Wear

Published Mar 18th, 2014 5:27PM EDT
The History of Smartwatches

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Although the tech industry appears to be doing everything in its power to make wearable devices the next big thing, the concept of the smartwatch is actually quite old. Looking back, we’ve come across ZDNet’s pictorial history of the smartwatch, from IBM’s bulky, blocky WatchPad to the crowdfunding phenomenon that is Pebble. Sony, Microsoft and even Fossil make appearances on the list, each in an attempt to start a trend that still hasn’t caught on years later.

Since the piece was originally published, Samsung made its now infamous entrance into the wearable market with the Galaxy Gear, putting the smartwatch back in the public eye, if nothing else. There’s still a long road ahead for the emerging market, but between the new Gear models and the announcement of Android Wear, smartwatches have a better chance than ever of making an impact. Check out the feature at ZDNet.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.