Did iPod nano wristbands give smart watches a desperately-needed kick in the rear? The jury's still out; we might not have the answer for a few years yet. For the moment, smart watches remain little more than novelties and conversation pieces, but this year has given rise to a couple new players in an industry that's been largely dormant over the last decade — even as the wristwatch business as a whole has risked obsolescence. It's a lot harder to sell a timepiece to consumers who have time-telling devices (called cellphones) in their pockets.

WIMM Labs came out of stealth mode earlier this year, introducing its so-called WIMM Platform — the core component of which is a tiny, 36 x 32 x 12.5mm cube running a tweaked build of Android with a capacitive touchscreen, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. All told, it's a lot of technology packed into a tiny space. WIMM envisions it in a variety of uses, but clearly, it's got all the makings of a powerful smart watch... as long as developers come to the table. Those devs stand to get their first crack at it starting today with the $299 WIMM One kit, but can it help put Android on every wrist?