Smartwatches and activity trackers took center stage at both the International CES and Mobile World Congress trade shows. We were already excited, and with the recent announcement of the Apple Watch, things are sure to heat up.
These are the upcoming wearable products we can't wait to try out.
Availability: Pre-orders begin on April 10, ships April 24.
The outlook: It's Apple's first smartwatch. The Apple Watch can track your daily activities and display notifications from your phone. There's also a built-in speaker so you can answer calls right from your wrist.
The outlook: It's HTC's first wearable and not only is it capable of tracking steps, distance, calories burned and sleep, but it's compatible with Android and iOS, and it can display notifications for calendar events, incoming calls, emails and text messages. While it lacks a heart-rate sensor, there is GPS on board to track distance and pace when running.
The outlook: The Apple Watch isn't the only smartwatch that can make mobile payments. The WebOS-powered LG Watch Urbane LTE includes NFC for mobile payments and LTE cellular capabilities to operate independently from your smartphone.
The outlook: The Pebble Time is one of the few smartwatches on the market that won't have to be charged nightly. In fact, the battery is said to last up to seven days. It also features a new color e-paper display and a microphone for responding to messages.
The outlook: In addition to the normal activity tracking features (steps, distance, calories and sleep), the InBody Band promises to measure fat mass, percentage of body fat, heart rate, muscle mass and body mass index.
Price: $250 or $300 when bundled with a heart-rate monitor.
The outlook: An ultraslim smartwatch for triathletes. The Garmin Vivoactive is waterproof, has GPS, can track daily activities, shows notifications from your smartphone, and run apps from Garmin's new app store. The company also claims the battery will last up to three weeks with daily activity tracking, or up to 10 hours with an active GPS signal.
Price: $500, or $550 when bundled with a heart-rate monitor.
The outlook: A high-end training watch for serious athletes. Along with the normal features found in Garmin's running and cycling watches (auto pause, auto lap, personal records, back to start, etc.), the Fenix 3 includes Wi-Fi to automatically sync when you return home and can estimate your VO2 max when paired with an ANT+ heart-rate sensor. The battery is said to last about 20 hours with a continuous GPS signal, or up to six weeks in watch mode.
There's even a model with a scratch-resistant sapphire face, although it's priced slightly higher at $600.