So far, the evolution of wearable computers has been glacially slow. Google is taking their sweet time perfecting Google Glass (which is appreciated, because we are all sick of half-baked devices spamming the market before they are ready). Speaking of half-baked devices, Samsung Galaxy Gear leaves a great deal to be desired. It doesn't quite have enough functionality to warrant its high price. Still, if you think that wearable devices are simply a fad that will fade away you might want to rethink that perspective. Nearly every big-name manufacturer in the technology world is moving toward offering something in the realm of wearable computers starting this year and beyond. Of course we have the obvious companies like Google, Samsung, LG and many others who have either announced or are working on wearable computing devices. We also have the not-so-obvious companies even getting in the game. One example is Intel's new "Edison," which is a computer in an SD card designed to be a "plug-and-play" device for OEMs to jump start a wearable line. Even Qualcomm, the chipset manufacturer for other OEMs, has announced plans to make and sell their own line of smartwatches. Make no mistake, 2014 will see a big push into this market from around the globe, and because of this, eventually we might actually see some useful devices emerge. But... is it possible they are much closer than expected? Thanks to Kickstarter, that question is a yes. At CES this year there are two small indie startups putting forth Android based smartwatches which are possibly a big step forward in the technology and may actually usefulness and even get close to being affordable. What is truly intriguing about both of these devices is that neither of them need another smartphone to tether to via bluetooth. They both can accept SIM cards and become your wearable phone-watch. First we have a device called the TrueSmart from Omate. Here's a spec breakdown of the device and a video above where you can see it demoed. It has a version which starts at $250 (Source: Phandroid). 1.3 GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor Android 4.2.2 1.54-inch TFT display (240 x 240) Multi-touch Capacitive Touch Screen 2G/3G/WiFi/bluetooth 4.0/GPS 5 MP camera Speaker & microphone 512MB + 4GB of internal storage (expandable by microSD 8/16/32GB) Micro SIM card slot 600 mAh battery (up to 100 hours standby) Next we have the Neptune Pine. It too is a standalone Android smartphone for your wrist and began on Kickstarter. It's still a bit on the pricey side at $335 bucks, but that is part of the Kickstarter funding. Here's a spec list for it (and here's the company website - NeptunePine.com): 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels 5-megapixel main rear-facing camera (Useable because you can detach the smartphone piece out of the wristband) 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 (Cortex A5-based) processor A microSIM card slot Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 810mAh Battery What do you think of these devices? Could it be small startups that finally get the ball rolling on this burgeoning industry?