Smart watches edge into the spotlight


It seems like an almost certainty at this point that Samsung Electronics will unveil a "smart watch" called the "Galaxy Gear."  Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, told the Korea Times that such a device "will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways." A handful of rival companies have already designed smart watches (Sony and Pebble to name a few), suggesting that consumers are ready and willing to fork over cash for this latest tech trend.

But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the smart watch market. First and foremost: Is it viable? What value will these devices deliver to users beyond providing glanceable information about text messages and emails? What could smart watches tell customers about their health? What services could they provide that smartphones cannot? FierceWireless has done a deep dive on the smart watch market. Here's what you need to know.