by Timothy Stenovec, August 5, 2014 at HUFFINGTONPOST.com
If you’re one of the few people who actually has a smartwatch, you know it can’t do much without a smartphone. In order for most smartwatches to be fully functional, they need to be paired to the mini-computer that we carry around in our pockets and purses all the time.
But Timex, the 160-year-old company known more for inexpensive but reliable watches than for technological innovation, is hoping to change that. Timex on Wednesday will announce plans for a smartwatch that connects to a cellular network, bucking the trend that most smartwatches must be paired with a smartphone in order to work.
Timex’s jump into wearable tech comes as the biggest technology companies are girding for battle over your wrist. As the smartphone market matures, wearable technology is seen by many companies as the next area ripe for innovation. Samsung, Sony and Pebble, a crowdfunded upstart, are the leaders in the smartwatch category, according to Canalys, a research firm. Apple is rumored to be planning a smartwatch announcement this year.