Google has dabbled in sci-fi technology since their public unveiling of the Google Smart-Glass, but with the news that Android Wear will get the 1.4 update that enables gesture control, you will basically feel like a super spy in a Bond movie.
The first product that will launch with this item is the stylish LG Watch Urbane 2nd edition which is already available for preorder, with no exact release date yet. The new LG watch is looks more like a regular watch. unlike the Samsung Gear that points out to people your inability to not check for notifications once every two minutes or the Apple Watch that clearly monitors your steps constantly.
It really looks like normal watch, even though a bit more bulky, until you start playing with its various tools that it has in store. And you can do that without even touching it. Google has posted on their support page a list of hand gestures that allow you to surf through your selected pages or posts by simply flicking your wrist up and down or even take calls by wriggling your hand.
By using these simple hand gestures you will be able to surf through your selected cards without having the need for a free hand, but only using the motion controls will drain the battery life faster than regular touch controls. So it is advisable that you should alternate between the options that the watch provides. Plus it might look a bit weird fi you keep flailing your hand constantly.
Besides the option of not using the touchscreen to navigate, the new 2nd edition of the LG Watch Urbane also has increased specs when compared to its peers. Its P-OLED 480×480 1.38 inch screen that boasts 348ppi makes it a pretty stunning piece of equipment, helped by its classic watch design. Its built in hear-rate monitor helps with the tracking of fitness related actions and stress-level monitoring, adding to the LG Fitness feature roster.
The watch doesn’t provide much different functionality when compared to other smart-watches, beside the gesture controls, but its intricate design and pretty stellar screen make up for the lack of extra functions. You can still use it as an mp3 player, a photo viewer or simply as a push-to talk tool. The size concerns are not present, the LG Wear Urbane 2nd being the same size as a Moto 360, around 45.5 mm in diameter, the usual size of a men’s sports watch.
The price is around 199$ if paired with a two year program from AT&T, making it pretty cheap considering that the first Android Wear will come with the 1.4 update that enables gesture control, making you feel like a spy-movie hero and also stylish to boot.