Are smart watches becoming the in thing? Every mobile phone vendor seems to be working on their version. Many are made to compliment the smartphone they built while others are independent.
Smartwatches that have already hit the market run a variety of operating systems with Android being used in many of these miniature devices. One of them, the Leikr runs Linux. There are also two open source smartwatches, backed by Kickstarter which run hooks of the Linux and Android systems. Here is a summary of several smart watches that run Android or Linux.
Pebble: 1.26-inch Kickstarter-funded, has open source SDK with support for Ubuntu development platform; displays alerts from Android/iOS devices connected via Bluetooth
Sony Smartwatch: 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen runs slim version of Android; requires Bluetooth connection to an Android (Xperia) phone; Apps push social networking updates/notifications; offers basic control of music and other functions
Metawatch: Open source; button-controlled; runs on 16-bit microcontrollers; uses Bluetooth sync with smartphones to push updates, notifications, and apps; optimized for Android; it offers Linux dev tools and primitive device support.
MotoACTV: Fitness-oriented 1.6-in touchscreen; runs a custom Android build on a 600MHz CPU; has an 8GB MP3 player, GPS and sensors to track distance, time, speed, a strap accessory, and a heart-rate monitor; syncs to Android phones.
Leikr sportswatch: backed by Kickstarter funds; runs Linux on a 500MHz processor; has a 2-inch, 320×240 color touchscreen and a fast-linking GPS; 8GB flash, WiFi, USB; has access to OpenStreetMap and Endomondo.
I’m Watch: runs custom Android build on a 454MHz CPU; has a 1.5-inch 240×240 touchscreen, WiFi web access, and cellular voice. can be used with Android/iOS devices connected via Bluetooth or as a standalone device. Hundreds of apps available.
Androidly: KickStarter-backed, runs Android 2.2, has a 2-inch, 320 x 240 touchscreen, 416MHz CPU, 256MB RAM, and up to 16GB of storage. Also included are a GSM cellular modem, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 2-megapixel camera.