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This Smartwatch Looks Like A Regular Watch, But Isn’t

If you’re in a fancypants business meeting and you feel your phone vibrate in your pocket, it might be bad form to take it out to see what it is. If you’re wearing the above Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity watch, you can still know if it was a message, an email, a calendar event, or even a missed call. The timepiece syncs through Bluetooth 4.0 (the new low power Bluetooth profile) and a dedicated hand points to words inscribed all around the rim. A quick glance at your wrist is all you’ll need. Finally, if ever you misplace your phone, you can also use the watch to find it, playing a kind of “getting colder/hotter” game.

It’s an interesting idea, giving you a few useful techie features without appearing to do so in its design. The only issue is that Citizen expects you to pay around $550 for the privilege. If you’ve got that kind of disposable income, look for it this fall.

VIA [ DVice ] AND [ ABlogToRead ]

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave Watch Gets Time From The Sky

By David Ponce

Some watches use radio signals to calibrate the time. While these work, they’re not perfect systems as the further away you are from the broadcasting station, the poorer your reception will be. But Citizen’s recently announced Eco-Drive Satellite Wave watch gets its sync data from any of 24 GPS satellites constantly orbiting earth. Since the entire point of the GPS system is to be able to geo-locate anywhere on the planet, you’ll be able to tell what time it is even if you’re stranded in the arctic.

The price has not been announced yet, but since this is a limited edition run and it has a part ceramic case, we’re expecting it to not tread on the side of cheap. We do know that it will be available in Fall 2011.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]