Calling Dick Tracy!
One of the hottest gifts trends this year is the smartwatch, a case of comic book technology coming to life. The devices are designed to let you quickly check e-mail and even make calls without the hassle of having to pull your smartphone out of your pocket.
With automakers already investing heavily in infotainment systems designed to pair up with your iPhone should it be any surprise that several manufacturers are also looking to launch their own lines of smartwatches? Nissan recently announced its Dick Tracy-like device and Mercedes-Benz plans to formally introduce its smartwatch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.
The Nissan and Mercedes timepieces add some appropriately automotive features, as you might expect.
The Japanese maker’s smartwatch is designed for use in its performance NISMO models and, as that might suggest, will provide a wearer with all sorts of performance telemetry, such as vehicle speed as well as fuel consumption – as well as the driver’s heart rate.