You don’t need to be clairvoyant to know that Apple’s “iWatch” is likely to be the technology product of the year. Before Cupertino’s highly anticipated new product makes its grand entrance, consider these four alternatives:
Reign Activity Tracker
Jaybird’s Reign Activity Tracker
is expected to arrive later this summer. It promises to “leap past movement counting” and solve “real active lifestyle needs.”
Like the Fitbit Force and Jawbone UP24, the Reign tracks activities and sleep. Through the Go-Zone feature, it also tells you when it’s time to be active.
The Reign Activity Tracker launches later this year at a price to be determined.
Suunto Ambit2 S
The Suunto Ambit2 S watch
is designed to “fuel your passion for sports.” It includes multisport functions, and works with free Suunto sports apps.
Available in red and white, a Suunto Ambit2 S with a heart monitor will set you back $400. An entry level model is available for $350. Both are available to order now at suunto.com
The $130 Garmin Vivofit
is a fitness band with one unique feature. It includes a user-replaceable battery that will last for up to one year.
Features include the ability to track steps, calories, distance, and sleep. Some models ship with a heart rate monitor for fitness activities. Colors include: black, purple, teal, blue, and slate.
Preorders are now being accepted
for the Garmin Vivofit. It launches before the end of March.
Finally, say hello to the Cogito Original
, which is being dubbed "the connected watch." Also launching in March, the wearable device hopes to bring “together the power of a connected watch with the sophistication of a precision-crafted timepiece.”
Priced at $180, the device connects to iOS 7 and Android 4.3 devices, and runs on a button-cell battery that doesn’t require a recharge. Unlike other devices, the Cogito Original isn’t for fitness. Instead, it notifies users when they have messages or calls.
Preorders for the Cogito Original watch are now being accepted. It is available in black, orange, purple, green, silver, and white.
Take a look
Of the four wearable devices, the Cogito is … the most original. It’s also the one I can’t wait to see. How about you?
We’ll continue to feature new wearable devices in the coming weeks and months. Until then, see: Report: Apple And LG Sign 'iWatch' Exclusivity Deal
, Wearable Technology Will Only Go Mainstream When Apple Launches The 'iWatch,'
and LG's Own FuelBand-Inspired Lifeband Touch Makes An Appearance Online