If there’s one thing guaranteed to get my apathy nodes tingling, it’s another bloomin’ story about smartwatches. Having said that, it took me a while to come round to the whole tablet thing, so don’t pay too much attention to me.
French manufacturer Archos is the latest OEM to throw its hat in the smartwatch ring, promising various wrist-based goodies for CES 2014.
Archos has fired out a lengthy press release detailing its “Connected Objects” theme for CES 2014, including a blood pressure monitor, activity tracker and – I’m not making this up – weather station.
The bit about smartwatches is tacked on at the end, but there’s actually a decent amount of news-meat to chew on.
For starters, the Archos smartwatches (plural; we’re promised a “selection”) will boast compatibility with both Android and iOS, with a focus on “simplicity and function”, all housed in a “pebble-like” design.
Perhaps the most notable promise pertains to Archos smartwatch price. Specifically, you’ll be able to grab an Archos smartwatch from “under £50”. That probably means £49.99, but still, it’ll be interesting to see how these things shift.
If Archos' tablet antics are anything to go by, we can probably expect a good three to four smartwatches at various price points. This time last year, Archos unveiled four Titanium tablets.
Smartwatches have been around for a while, but they’re expected to explode right around the time that Apple announces the iWatch, at which point people will wonder how they ever lived without wrist-based connectivity. NextMarket Insights reckons smartwatch shipments will hit 373 million annually by 2020.