There have been talks about tech biggies – Google, Samsung and even Microsoft – reportedly working on their own smartwatches. But a smartwatch making use of voice commands and gesture-control technology is a first.
Meet the Kreyos Meteor: a hands-free, two-way communication device that you can wear on your wrist, on your belt, on your bike, or even on a lanyard around your neck. The designers are running a campaign on IndieGoGo to raise $100,000 to complete software development and put it in mass production.
It connects with Android, iOS, or Windows Phone via Bluetooth 4.0, giving users access to a bunch of smartphone features such as phone conversations, web, messaging, and music.
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You can use voice commands to take calls, send e-mail, or even post updates to social media. The gesture control technology enables you to communicate without talking or pushing a button. A three-axis gyroscope changes music or answers a call with a wave of your hand.
The smartwatch has a 1.26-inch (144-by-168-pixel) memory LCD display and comes fitted with a speaker, microphone, Bluetooth, gyrometer, accelerometer, vibrating motor, USD interface, and a rechargeable battery.
The gadget is expected to ship this November at a retail price of $169 (it’s $100 if you contribute to the IndieGoGo campaign).
With over 85 percent of its funding goal already reached, and 46 days more days to go, we think Kreyos Meteor is on track for a November debut.