Soon, a watch that is smart on its own
HERE'S a smartwatch that is, well, truly smart: It is fully functional on its own, without having to pair up with a compatible smartphone.
Currently taking shape on the Indiegogo crowd-funding platform, the A.I Watch is a miniature Android smartphone that can be used to make calls and access a number of apps.
The watch, which has a SIM-card slot built into its wristband, features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera and an NFC chip. It also has 4GB of hard-drive memory, 512MB of RAM and a 500mAh lithium-ion battery.
The A.I Watch, which runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), is also Bluetooth-, Wi-Fi- and 3G-compatible, according to AFP Relaxnews.
However, due to its small size - the screen is only 1.5 inches - the watch's display has a resolution of just 240x240 pixels.
The team behind the watch is called Swissco, led by Mr Damien Douk, a French engineer-developer and designer of high-tech watches and jewellery, according to Indiegogo.
The company requires an investment of US$100,000 (S$125,000) to bring the device to the market. If the objective is met, the smartwatch will sell for US$279, with deliveries expected to begin in December.