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Deal Of The Day: A Bluetooth 3.0 Smartwatch with Camera & Pedometer For $39

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When you give up on the idea of buying top-tier brand names who pass their country-sized advertising and R&D budgets on to you, you realize you can find items at much more reasonable prices. The Bluetooth 3.0 Smartwatch with Camera & Pedometer does a bunch of things that more expensive watches do, but at a fraction of the cost.

It’s a phone, it’s a camera, it’s a pedometer, it’s a personal assistant, and so much more – and it’s all on your wrist! This smart watch uses Bluetooth 3.0 to sync with your phone to perform a huge range of tasks like calling, tracking steps, managing your calendar, streaming music or video, and even taking videos. Life is easier when you can manage it from your wrist.

– Stay connected w/ the Bluetooth dialer, call reminder, & SMS notification functions
– Take pictures of your food (& whatever else you take pictures of) w/ your watch
– Keep tabs on your watch w/ anti-loss technology, connected to your phone
– Enjoy music & video streamed from your phone, right on your watch
– Look at what is on the day’s schedule quickly & easily
– Track your steps & sleep to ensure your lifestyle stays healthy

So while you’ll pay upwards of $100 for most smartwatches with similar functionality, this one is $38.99. Shipped for free.

[ Get The Bluetooth 3.0 Smartwatch with Camera & Pedometer for $39 ]

Prime Strap Gives You Apple Watch Replaceable Batteries

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Did you buy an Apple Watch? Aw, we’re sorry to hear that. Now you’re stuck with a marginally useful smart watch with a battery that barely lasts through the day. Not all hope is lost though, since watch band makers are getting increasingly ingenious and designing products that go beyond aesthetics. The Prime Strap is a rather chunky band that houses two 150mAh swappable batteries, which can externally charge your watch through its 6-pin port. You can carry extra batteries with you in a slick case, and simply switch them out once you’re running low on power. The case, incidentally, also charges the batteries in 2.5 hours, so you can redo the cycle once they run out.

Granted, you’ll have to have thicker wrists for the ensemble not to look weird on you, but if you’re really concerned about getting the most out of your questionable purchase, you’ll likely want to pony up the $199 pledge.

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Chronos Makes Your Dumb Watch A Little Smarter

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You may have spent a bunch of cash on your nice new watch, but you’re starting to look at all these people walking around with smart watches and it leaves a sour taste in your mouth? Well, you can have your cake and eat at least part of it too. The Chronos… disc(?) attaches to the underside of most watches and gives them a fair bit of smartwatch functionality.

Working with an app on your phone, it counts steps and monitors heart rate like a FitBit, but also allows you to program a variety of vibration and light combinations for alerts. As with the Apple Watch, you can prioritize certain contacts and alerts over others, allowing them to come through while ignoring others for the time being. The disc also senses taps on the watch face to trigger user-specified functions like skipping a call or taking a photo.

Sure, 33mm across and 3mm deep disc won’t give you a fancy touch interface, and it’s lacking some of the features of the Apple Watches and the Moto 360, but it’s a compromise, and not a super expensive one either. A $99 pre-order gets you one, with shipping in spring 2016.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

This Gun Won’t Fire If Its Smartwatch Isn’t In Range

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Gun safety is important. Sure, locking your firearms in a cabinet can help keep them out of a child’s hand, but it’s really only a matter of time until they either find your key or figure out your combination, and then what? Well, the Armatix iP1 will not fire a single of its .22 caliber rounds unless its companion iW1 Active RFID Watch is in range. Better yet, you can activate a PIN code that will prevent the gun from firing even if the watch is in range, we suppose to prevent someone from taking it from you and shooting you with it while you’re still near. Granted, having to enter a PIN in the heat of the moment might take away from the potential usefulness of the gun, but at some point it’s up to you to find the right balance between safety and function.

RFID-enabled guns don’t come cheap. It’s $1,400 for the gun and yet another $400 for the watch.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Archos Releases Smartwatches For Techies on a Budget

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If you’re keen on buying a smartwatch but haven’t found one with the features that you want in the budget that you’ve allocated for it, then you might want to check out the offerings from Archos. The brand is known for manufacturing discount electronics, and this time they’ve got their sights set on affordable smartwatches.

Their lowest-priced offering is priced at $50 and will feature a 1.55-inch black-and-white LCD screen. That’s not so bad, considering that it’ll come with a good-enough battery life of close to two weeks. Second in line is the $100 model, which will sport a color LCD screen but will only come with two days of battery life. The priciest one they’re offering, which is priced at $129, will come with a curved E-ink display and a week-and-a-half long battery life.

The smartwatches are compatible with both Android and iOS devices and will be released this summer.

 

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Is The Neptune Pine The Smartwatch We’ve All Been Waiting For?

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Smart watches may be the way of the future, but most current attempts have been sort of clumsy. While the Pebble is doing well, Samsung’s Gear has been met with tepid reviews due to its clunky interface and smartphone-companion-only status. The Neptune Pine, pictured above, promises to give you exactly what the Gear was lacking, which is complete smartphone functionality with no need for an phone nearby. Aside from being able to make and receive calls, here are a few features.

At its core, the Pine is an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean device (Android 4.4 KitKat will be supported after launch). It has a 2.4-inch (320 x 240 resolution) touchscreen, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Cortex-A5 dual-core processor, 3G HSPA+ connectivity (no 4G LTE here), 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, gyroscope and accelerometer, and two cameras (a 5-megapixel rear camera on the back and a VGA-resolution front camera; both with LED flash).

If it works as advertised, the Pine could be that Dick Tracy-esque device so many geeks have been waiting for. And you can still get in on the action at $229, on the more than fully funded Kickstarter campaign. If you wait until this hits retail, it’ll cot you $335.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DVice ]

How Does 41 Megapixels On Your Wrist Grab Ya?

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Nokia made a lot of waves a while ago when they announced a 41 megapixel camera phone. The shots it takes are indeed stunning, even if everyone agrees that “it’s not all about how many pixels you have.” But aside from being crammed to the brim with sensor pixels, the Lumia 1020 has another problem: it has an entire phone attached to the camera! Swiss watchmaker Hyetis wants to give you the pixels, while freeing you from the phone. The Crossbow smartwatch features a 41 megapixel sensor (with Carl Zeiss optics, to boot) as well as WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. “Oh, but you still need a phone!” you’ll say, and we’ll reply “yes, but you can pick which phone that is!” Crossbow works with iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices, which means that you won’t have to sport a Finnish handset in order to capture images with 41 million pixels.

Better yet, you don’t actually need a smartphone to operate it since its face is touch sensitive and we think you should be able to take shots without having to take your phone out. We’re not sure on that last part however, since details on the watch are scarce. The only thing we know is that aside from all those pixels, “an altimeter, microphone, thermometer and biometric sensors in the band – which can measure your physical condition – are all included.” The asking price? A hefty $1,200, with the first batch being limited to 500. Yeah… we’ll stick with the $50 Holga we got at Urban Outfitters, and that’s not because we’re hipsters (we really, really aren’t).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

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