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CES 2015: Wearables that took the cake

The televisions and smartphones may have had a lot of new launches at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but wearables came out in a big way as well. There was more action in the wearable space when compared to the nearly saturated smartphone sector.

At CES 2015, Withings unveiled a low cost version of the Withings Activite. The Pop is an activity tracker that calculates sleep cycles and daily activity. It is made of cheaper materials when compared to the Activite and that has resulted in a huge price drop.

The Activite Pop is priced at 150 dollars, much cheaper when compared to Activite at 450 dollars. The Pop tells time, measures how well you have slept and displays it on your smartphone when connected via Bluetooth 4.0. and the number of steps you take.

It has a battery life of 8 months and does not require frequent charging. It feels more like a smartband function built into a simple-looking wristwatch and not a geeky smartwatch.

Lenovo launched the Vibe Band VB10 at the CES. The band has an always on e-ink display and pairs to any smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

While connected, the band displays notifications for texts, calls and app notifications on the 150 character display. It weighs 30 grams, comes in three colors - gold, white and black, and has a battery life of 7 days thanks to the e-ink Display.

Sony Smartwatch was launched in late 2014 and is an Android Wear Device. Currently, it is also the only Android Wear device that has a Micro USB port and does not require a special dock to charge.

At launch, the smartwatch came with 2 silicon strap options, but Sony launched a steel version of the watch at CES 2015. The specifications have not changed but the Smartwatch 3 now comes with a fancy steel band.

Montblanc launched an e-Strap at CES 2015. The e-Strap is a leather strap with an OLED display in place of the clasp. The small 0.9 inch OLED display shows messages, calls and notifications and offer music controls to the user.

The device can also calculate user activity working like a fitness tracker. For people who don't like going fully digital the strap can be attached to any normal watch.