Menu
As wearables catch on, Amazon cashes in with new online store

As wearables catch on, Amazon cashes in with new online store

Product reviews and comparisons so far mainly feature smartwatches, activity trackers and wearable cameras

Amazon.com launched a Wearable Technology online storeon Tuesday, another testament to the growing interest in smartwatches and other wearable gear.

Amazon so far is primarily including activity trackers -- usually worn on the wrist -- and wearable cameras and smartwatches in the Web storefront. However, a quick search also turned up several units of Google Glass on sale in white or gray at more than $2,070.

The online retailer boasted it has the largest selection of items from top brands that include Samsung, Jawbone and GoPro as well as from emerging brands like Basis and Misfit and upcoming devices from Narrative and Bionym.

The new store has a learning center with product videos and information about device compatibility and product comparisons. There are also use-cases to help customers figure out the right devices. An Editor's Corner will have industry news, device reviews and other information. One current entry features an article by Gizmodo on machines that run on body heat through a process called the thermoelectric effect.

An upcoming product on the site is the Narrative Clip, a small device that can be clipped on a pet's collar or a person's shirt that takes pictures from a 5 megapixel camera and provides GPS information to help sort the photos on a separate smartphone app.

Amazon's Buying Guide offers a short narrative on various topics, including what a smartwatch can do and how it works, and warns buyers to take care when purchasing to be sure it has a version of Bluetooth that is compatible with their current or future smartphone.

John Nemeth, director of wireless and mobile electronics at Amazon, said the online site was created because Amazon customers are "increasingly coming to Amazon to shop and learn about these devices."

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

See more by Matt Hamblen on Computerworld.com.

Read more about emerging technologies in Computerworld's Emerging Technologies Topic Center.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetGooglee-commercehardware systemsconsumer electronicsamazon.come-businessjawboneEmerging TechnologiesPersonal Technologywearable computingBionym

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments