Are Android smartwatches the next big thing?
Forget Prada and Fendi, and all things trendy. Geek attire is on the rise! If we weren’t cyborgs already with our fingers glued to our smartphones, we will be. So let’s talk about smartwatches and smartrings.
While it remains unknown whether Apple will be launching their iWatch, or whether Google Glasses will be available to regular consumers, wearable technology may very soon be the next big thing.
Chinese hardware company, GEAK has already launched their Android 4.1 smartwatch; and their companion smartring is available to pre-order for its November launch.
The watch features a customisable 1.55 inch multi-touch display with 240×240 resolution. Underneath the screen is a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
The idea behind the wearable device is that it will connect to your Android smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and display notifications from messages, emails and your social media accounts along with weather details and media player controls.
The GEAK Watch also includes WiFi, NFC support, GPS, FM radio, and voice-to-text input so you can send an SMS without touching your phone. On top of that, the watch has an inbuilt digital thermometer to measure outside temperatures, and can track a user’s heartbeat and sleeping patterns.
The companion smartring – which packs a 99 year battery – will unlock the user’s smartphone simply by holding it with the hand that is wearing the ring – no passcode or passpattern necessary. Also, when you touch the ring against another GEAK user’s phone, you will be able to transfer contact information, photos, and other data.
No doubt, the watch is incredibly impressive, but is it worth buying? Our smartphones do the same thing. Then again, this is what many of us thought before the iPad was launched – that our laptops do the same thing, and now we can’t live without it.
Perhaps, the smartwatch would be useful for those who regularly undertake long boring drives across the country.
What do you predict? Hit or flop?
The GEAK Watch is currently selling at around AUD$360 (1999 Yuan) and the ring will retail for about AUD$36 (199 Yuan) in November.