What to watch out for in this season's wearable tech.
Mercedes-Benz-branded Vívoactive 3 GPS
Got issues with driving-related frustration? The new Mercedes-Benz and Garim collaboration smartwatch will feedback agitation-related data like heart rate and stress levels to your car, which will then automatically adjust the environment to calm you down. Air conditioning, seats, lighting and music will all be tuned to soothe road rage, while new, stress-free routes will be calculated on your car's navigation system to ensure a smooth ride. The watch is by all means an add-on to the new Mercedes 2020 CLA Coupe, although no word has been put out if it'll be compatible with other vehicles yet. The watch is expected to launch in March 2019.
Montblanc Summit 2
With its sapphire glass display, real leather strap, elegant stainless steel casing, and resin backing, everything about this watch screams luxury. The software backs it up too, with the latest watch chipset from semiconductor giant Qualcomm, 8GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM.
Skagen Falster 2
The stylishly-designed Falster 2 features a high-resolution AMOLED screen, and runs Google’s smartwatch operating system. There's also now heart rate monitor, NFC for Google Pay, and GPS tracking. While the usual silicone straps are available, there's also an option for a gorgeous magnetically-fastened steel mesh strap.
Apple Watch Series 4
While it's been released for some time now, the latest Apple watch is still at the top of its game. While it's got all the usual expected upgrades from the Series 3 — better hardware, software, and a bigger display — there's now also an ECG to monitor heart activity beyond bpm, and an atrial fibrillation feature that tracks if you experience irregular heart rhythms.
Kate Spade Scallop 2
Version two of Kate Spade's line of smartwatches promises an upgrade with added functions that the first version lacked: heart rate monitoring, GPS, water resistance of up to 3ATM, and the ability to use Google Pay. They've still kept things design-forward too, not deviating too far from the look of the generation one Scallops with its stainless-steel case and a petal-shaped bezel.
Martrix Powerwatch 2
Not one to remember to consistently charge your devices? The Matrix Powerwatch 2 is powered by your body heat, and a solar cell that's integrated into the watch face. The watch has all the usual functions like GPS and heart rate monitor, although it does have water resistance at an uncommonly high 20ATM. In addition, the thermoelectric sensors/generators used to power the device also make it one of the most accurate calorie-counters, while also making it able to track your sleep patterns.