With a slew of new smartwatches set to hit the streets over the next few months — including the long-awaited Android Wear devices — I got to thinking a bit about my first smartwatch, and what got me interested in the connected space. For many people it was a newer device like a Pebble or Galaxy Gear, but for me it actually goes back a bit further.
It's true that my current smartwatch addiction truly started with my Pebble, but when I put some thought into it, I actually got hooked on the idea of smartwatches after Apple introduced the 6th generation iPod Nano. The small, square design gave birth to the "Nano Watch" which, when coupled with any number of third-party watch bands, made for a futuristic looking timepiece, but not necessarily a "smartwatch."
The Nano had a bunch of cool watch faces built in that gave it a unique look, but it didn't have an always-on face — something that doesn't work to well as a watch. You had to physically tap the button to check it, and it of course didn't do much else besides telling the time. No notifications, phone calls, SMS or anything that we'd expect on a watch today, but it was still a start of something new. I keep my Nano with my other smartwatches for nostalgia, and because it's still one of my favorites (even if it doesn't do very much).
What was the one that started it all for you? Were you an early bloomer with an inPulse watch? MetaWatch? Pebble? Hit up the comments and let us know!