Allerta, the group behind the Pebble Bluetooth watch that became an overnight Kickstarter sensation, has announced that due to overwhelming demand, the watch will be compatible with Bluetooth 4.0. If you scour the comments on the Pebble Kickstarter page, you'll notice Bluetooth 4.0 requests by the plenty. We figured it was just too late in the game to switch around the design of a watch that's slated to ship so soon, but the company says that Bluetooth 4.0 inclusion was on the list for a while, and therefore, the decision won't affect the ship date at all. That said, when the Pebble watch does ship, it'll be Bluetooth 2.1 out of the gate, with the Bluetooth 4.0 module being activated later through a software update that'll be available to all.
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Since we’re on the topic of watches today, let's talk about the Sony SmartWatch. Powered by Android, the Sony SmartWatch does more than just tell time. The SmartWatch features a 1.3-inch OLED 128 x 128 display, and is 0.3-inches thin. The SmartWatch will allow users to connect the watch to Android devices, thereby allowing them to read texts, tweets, and also use various apps and widgets found on Google Play. The battery life is somewhere around the three to four day mark (depending on use) and has a standby lifespan of 14 days per charge. The SmartWatch features interchangeable straps, so you can color coordinate it to your liking. Expect to pay $150 USD for this one.
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Most digital watches are tacky, and some analog watches are difficult to read. However, the The Qlocktwo W by German studio Biegert & Funk offers up a stylish and intelligent solution. The watch spells out time by displaying it in five-minute intervals (i.e. it’s five past three.) In order to compensate for the minutes in between dots appear at the bottom of the watch until a new five-minute interval accrues.
You might have seen this design in a wall clock B&F produced, which sells for about $1,100. The wristwatch won't be much of a deal either, as it's set to sell for around $700 USD. If you’re ready to pick this watch up, you’ll have to wait. There’s no set release date yet, however you can sign up for updates on the studio's site.
For the person who tends to lose their USB flash drive but always remembers her/his watch, the Hidden Flash Drive Watch was made for you. The 1.5 x .5 x .25-inch 4GB capacity drive slides right into the timepiece. Made with a plastic case covered with stainless steel and silver finish, the watch has a Japanese quartz movement, a dial size of 1.1 x 1-inch a black polyurethane strap, and luminescent hands. Get yours for $59.99.
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Tokyoflash has another new and confusing timepiece. The Galaxy works by one touch, which starts animation and then displays the time on digital tube LEDs. The 12 yellow bars are the hours, the 11 red bars are groups of 5 minutes, and the 4 green bars represent each minute. Press the lower button and forgo the animation. Available in silver, the Galaxy carries a price of ¥13,900 (~$132.85.) We have been telling you about Tokyoflash’s watches for so long that we think we almost have the hang of it.
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If there’s one thing we like about Japan, it’s how their wicked cool technology meshes with their interesting pop culture preferences. We think the Pimpin Ain’t Easy watch from TokyoFlash fits into that category. In fact, just about every TokyoFlash watch meets that criteria. They go out of their way to come up with some of the most interesting ways of telling time that we’ve seen. In this episode, we give you the rundown on the Pimpin Ain’t Easy watch. It features 72 LED lights, which make it nice and bright. The time is read by reading the hours on the left hand side, and the minutes on the right. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s definitely an attention-grabber.
It’s been awhile since we heard from Tokyo Flash and see that they have another new watch to confuse us. Their Oberon S-Mode series has a stainless steel body with full face black mineral crystal lens. The blue LEDs are a bit simpler to read than some of their others, with the outer ring as the hour, the second showing minutes, and the inner one is minutes in groups of ten. Another button push and you get the date. At a size of 38 x 38 x 11 mm and a weight of 150g, the Oberon carries a price of ¥15,900 (~$159.25.)
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Wear your cell phone on your sleeve with this EP 2502. The watch is shock and waterproof and features a 1.3-inch OLED screen with a 128 x 160px resolution touch panel, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 2.0 mp camera. It has 64 polyphonic ringtones and plays MP3s and MP4s on its tiny screen. The phone/watch comes with a 512 MB SDcard but will support up to 2GB of memory and should be available this week with a MSRP of $299.99.
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We love our old toy bots and were very pleased to discover that there is now a Mr. Roboto Watch by Azimuth. His left eye displays the hour, his right GMT indicator, his nose and mouth seconds and minutes. With a case of steel, the water-resistant Mr. Roboto is part of the company’s Mecha-1 BMF collection. He will be appearing in September at a much higher price than our toys were. Look for a 4,800.00 Swiss Francs ($4,800.00) price tag.
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We know that almost everyone has one, but your egg timer probably hasn’t left the junk drawer in a decade. Designer Pavel Balykin has created the Sand+Time Watch to modernize the concept. The digital hourglass is used as a screen saver. If you want real numbers and an accurate time, you simply click a button. We are thinking that maybe we could get a company like Tokyoflash to turn Pavel’s prototype into a reality.
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