WHAT TIME IS IT? Smart Watches Are All That’s Ticking In Tech.

Apple Watch is ComingDo you wear a watch?

I don’t. I haven’t worn one since Bill Clinton’s first term as President. If you’re too young to remember when that was, lets just say it was a pretty long time ago.

Do you plan to get a smart watch? A Pebble? Something spiffy from LG? Maybe the much vaunted new Apple Watch (coming to an Internet near you on March 9!) or some other bit of wearable tech?

If you’re in the market for one, there sure are plenty of options.

SmartWatches are so hot right now that positively everybody is getting into the act. Even traditional watch makers are trying their hand at the new technology, several with some really impressive results.

Now, I—and this is just me—won’t be wearing one of these suckers. I have a watch in my pocket (it’s called an iPhone) and simply don’t need another “thing” attached to me. But this isn’t about me, it’s about you. Because I care.

Let’s take a look at what’s new out there, shall we?

Pebble, the first company to dip its toe into the smart watch pond, has had a ton of success with its pieces and, just this week, launched its newest watch—The Pebble Time—on Kickstarter. And there’s a ton of interest in this thing (it’s already had more than $16 million in preorders).

The new Pebble is significantly thinner than previous models and features a color e-paper display (which is cool because it can easily be read in sunlight). Pebble has done something pretty nifty, too, and has developed what it calls the Smartstrap. The straps can be charged to extend the battery life of your watch or, perhaps, programmed with different sensors to meet your needs. The really cool thing is that, if your’e a developer, Pebble encourages you to knock yourself right out and use its code to develop your own applications.

Pebble’s watches might not be as pretty as Apple’s, but open source code might make them more attractive.

Samsung, which has more wearables in its gallery than you can shake a stick at (there are at least five different pieces in its “Gear” line), has said it’s going to take a step back for a bit in order to make sure they really get it right (which probably means they’re just waiting to see what Apple does, amirite?)

LG UrbaneLG, not to be outdone, has released the Urbane LTE, which does not run on Android, but on WebOS (which, if you ever owned a Palm Pre, lo these many years ago, you might remember with affection). LG’s watches don’t have to be tethered to a smartphone, and they come packed with goodies like pay features (similar to Apple Pay), health monitoring, and other security features.

Huawei, a Chinese company that’s set to make its first smart watch release in June, has made a smart watch that actually looks like a real watch. It’s purty, folks. Built on the Android platform, Huawei’s timepiece has a crazy beautiful display. But (and there’s always a but) … the design, which is packed with lots of features, doesn’t support the battery life it needs, so you might find yourself charging the thing more often than you wear it.

Neptune, a Canadian outfit, has just announced its Duo, which is a museum-like band that allows you to make calls from the wristband (which is pretty cool, even though you might look a bit strange talking to your hand). It runs on Lollipop and has a ton of features that could eliminate lost data, which is a concern for wearers of wearables.

And finally …

Apple. Apple’s much-anticipated watch is set to get unveiled—in classic grandiose Apple fashion—at an event on Monday, March 9. Tim Cook, as the ghost of Steve Jobs watches from afar, will introduce the new gadget as the Apple faithful look on, mouths foaming.

Apple’s watches come in three collections: Classic, Sport, and Edition (which translates, roughly, to: standard, wear-it-instead-of-fitbit, and fancy).

There are health features, maps, stock updates, messaging capabilities, music, a way to use the watch as a viewfinder for your iPhone camera, and yet another way to deepen your relationship with Siri (assuming y’all are going steady).

No matter WHAT your pleasure, it seems that the tech world wants you to wear a watch. Whether the world takes that ball and runs with it remains to be seen.

As for me, I’m just gonna watch what y’all do. (See what I did there?)

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