Even equipped with official software, let alone updated beta code, the $179 MetaWatch Strata Stealth acts like a work in progress.
Much like the Pebble, the MetaWatch Strata is a Kickstarter project that connects with your iPhone or Android handset and alerts you to calls, e-mails, and messages.
The former designer at Vertu is giving Meta's new watch a facelift to climb to the top of the smartwatch fashion mountain.
Sonostar shows off a sleek new smartwatch, or at least a prototype of one, at CTIA 2013. To be sold for $179, the gadget connects to Android smartphones to display alerts on its curved e-ink screen.
Is it possible that the classic wrist-worn Nano could still outclass the latest wearable tech on looks alone? Actually, it certainly feels like it.
We look at the latest smartwatches and explain how they all could get better.
My wrist has only so much room, and the Fitbit Force has won the shoving match against the mighty Galaxy Gear.
The challenge for Apple and others trying to crack the code on wearables is to produce an appealing device for a mass market that doesn't need a watch to tell time and doesn't want to get all wound up by an overly complicated gadget.
The growth of wearables is increasing but, it's unclear whether they'll become the next "smart" platform, as was discussed during a panel event hosted by the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab.
The Sony SmartWatch enters the realm of usability thanks to recent software updates, but it's still more smartphone accessory than solid standalone timepiece.