In early 2012, a fundraising by the maker of the Pebble smartwatch became the most successful in Kickstarter history, highlighting the potential of wearable computing devices. In September 2013, Samsung Electronics unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, while Qualcomm simultaneously revealed its Toq smartwatch.

Smartwatch market gets unexpected assist from Swiss franc surge

Apple unveiled in September three watch collections - the basic model, the Sport model and the Edition model. Photo: Reuters

The market for Apple Watch and similar "smart" devices may have received an unexpected boost from the Swiss franc's recent record surge.

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015, 7:32am

Apple's smartwatch fails to impress Swiss makers of luxury timepieces

LVMH's watch guru and industry legend Jean-Claude Biver said the Apple Watch was not the "revolutionary product" it claimed to be. Photo: Reuters

Apple may be known for revolutionising the world of music and mobile phones, but Switzerland's centuries-old luxury watchmakers are unimpressed with the tech giant's foray into their world.

16 Sep 2014 - 9:08am 6 comments

Does anyone need a smartwatch?

Samsung was early to market with the Galaxy Gear. Photo: Reuters

If consumer electronics companies are to be believed, someone on your holiday shopping list is just dying for a wristwatch that displays message alerts and weather updates.

Samsung and Sony have devices out for the holidays. Qualcomm has one coming. Apple is believed to be making one, and a new report says Google is developing one, too.

30 Oct 2013 - 2:18pm 1 comment

Samsung and Qualcomm make foray into smartwatch market

Samsung's new high-tech accessory, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Photo: Reuters

Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm unveiled smartwatches on Wednesday, tapping a potential “wearables” market worth an estimated US$50 billion as the high-end mobile phone market becomes saturated.

5 Sep 2013 - 11:05am 1 comment