What are the alternatives to apple watch including smart watches and other wearables?

Hardware and Accessories


What are other smartwatches such as the pebble or fitness bands such as things like the fitbit like when interacting with IOS? I did have a brief look at the Martian watches which are simple analogue watches with a bluetooth connection built in but I was wondering if there was anything else simple and worked well with hands free use, like activating siri from your wrist or making calls or sending texts? It seems to me that this is really all I want from a wearable at the moment and this can be done through a simple bluetooth connection and siri.

Views? Suggestions? A watch that lasts more than a day? Fashionable? Do swatch do anything?

It's mainly how voiceover works with it and whether there is anything we'd miss.

Thanks for your help.





Submitted by Joe on Friday, February 12, 2016

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The pebble is not accessible because voiceover is not on it. It would display notifications for sighted but doesn't speak them. Siri is only availible from the apple watch. The fitbits are accessible but don't use siri it uses it's own app, so if you wanted to check the time or notifications just from that device you couldn't.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Friday, February 12, 2016

I'd imagined tht would be the case with the Pebble, was just using it as an example. There doesn't seem to be anywhere that says this wearable is accessible or not. Some will be, or partially so. For example google wear does have speech built in but only on certain watches which can then be paired with an iphone.

What about the tag watch, or any swatch watches? How well do they play with siri? Are they, in inverted comars, usable? IE can one achieve tasks on them?

Apple watch, for me, is just too feature rich and therefore expensive. I would like an attractive analogue watch with the ability to call up siri, that's probably all I'd be bothered about.

Any ideas?

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Friday, February 12, 2016

Someone in California created a Braille watch that you connect to your smart phone and the Braill rase up and down when you are reading emails or text. Suppose to come out this year for $300. I saw it in a the news in my iPhone but do not recall which.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Friday, February 12, 2016

Yes, I'm on the mailing list for this. Maybe I should wait for that. It's KoreanI believe but I'm not sure if it's going to have a mic and speaker built in on this generation of it. Thanks for reminding me though.