Kreyos has created a two-way communication smartwatch that will untether you from your phone. The company says the "Meteor" is the first smartwatch that understands speech and gestures, meaning you don't need to take anything out of your pocket or touch any screen.
The Meteor connects to your iOS, Android, or Windows Phone handset via Bluetooth 4.0 and mines the power of its built-in voice command system (like Siri) to answer calls, reply to texts and emails, make appointments, or Tweet.
An embedded three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer trace your hand's movement through space, so if you want to assign a fling-out wrist gesture to the "skip song" function, you can do that.
On the project's Indiegogo page, the team explains that no one else, including upstarts like Pebble, has integrated these two forms of hands-free control into a communicator-esque device. "Unlike the first-generation smartwatches that only provide one-way notifications, the Kreyos Meteor is the first and only interactive smartwatch to let you use voice and gestures," they write.
The smartwatch will ship with four preloaded gestures, and developers will be able to define more of them in their apps through the SDK. The Meteor has plenty of tools for developers to toy with, including built-in activity trackers and an ANT+ sensor that can monitor heart rate wherever you go, even underwater. Though the smartwatch includes a speaker and microphone, it's waterproof.
Open-ended design extends beyond the Meteor SDK--into its physical appearance. If you don't like the wristband, pop out the watch face and swap it into a different one, or a belt clip, or a lanyard.
And, after charging in a USB-connected cradle, the company says the Meteor can keep time for an entire week before the battery winks out.
With 42 days of fundraising to go, Indiegogo backers have already given more than double the $100,000 asked. Since development is essentially complete, the money will be used to usher the Meteor into mass production.
Early supporters reserved the limited $95 smartwatches, and $169 retail versions are expected to hit the market November of this year.
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