In 1984, the Seiko RC-1000 Wrist Terminal became the first watch to interface with a computer. Since then the smartwatch has evolved from gimmicky gadget to high-tech timepiece. Smaller sensors, longer- lasting batteries and improved technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, gyroscopes and more make these next-generation wearables your constant companion.

1. Samsung Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch

Aside from its vintage styling there’s nothing old-school about this smartwatch. Basic capabilities include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, voice commands and a built-in optical heart rate monitor for improved accuracy to help you push your fitness training to the limit. Next-level functionality lets you listen to music, take calls from your wrist and write notes on the screen, converting your finger strokes to text. This smartwatch syncs with both Android and iOS smartphones. From $562, amazon.ca

Samsung Gear S3 Classic SmartwatchSamsung

2. Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+

Apple’s most advanced smartwatch has direct integration with the popular Nike+ Run Club app. The watch uses voice activation so you can start a run right from your wrist and track stats such as pace-per-kilometre, time, distance, your actual running route and elevations. It has a dual‑core processor, built-in GPS and is water resistant up to 50 metres for post-run laps in the pool. From $459, apple.ca

Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+Nike

3. Fossil Q Wander Gen 2 Women’s Smartwatch

Composed of rose-gold stainless steel, this women’s smartwatch goes from the office to outdoors with ease. Connect to your smartphone wirelessly to keep up with texts and emails and track your physical activity. The voice-activation feature lets you go hands free and nice-to-have extras include customized goal setting, an integrated LED flashlight and automatic time zone updates. From $240, bestbuy.ca 

Fossil Q Wander Gen 2 Women’s SmartwatchFossil

 

Other products you might like . . .

Under Armour SpeedForm® Gemini 3

This smart running shoe practically comes with a built-in coach. It tracks your pace, stride length, cadence and other running metrics, analyzing the data and storing your stats. Use Under Armour’s MapMyRun app to stay motivated and challenge yourself to keep pace with a community of runners. $189.99, sportchek.ca
Under Armour SpeedForm® Gemini 3Under Armour

WonderWoof BowTie

Think of this cute Wi-Fi-enabled dog-activity tracker as a smart collar for your dog. Monitor your animal’s activity to make sure your breed of dog gets optimal exercise. Get social: use the map feature to meet up with other dog lovers in your area. $29.99, bestbuy.ca

WonderWoof BowTieWonderWoof 

Make the switch

First thing in the morning, use task lighting instead of turning on all the lights. Then draw curtains or blinds and let natural light flow inside. A single south-facing window will illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. If you switch off just one 60-watt bulb for four hours a day, you’ll save $9 each year.