Stark: a hybrid smartwatch for those on a budget

Stark: a hybrid smartwatch for those on a budget

Hybrid watches are the smart bet right now for those looking to get into the wearables game. Timepieces that combine the look and functionality of a traditional watch with abilities that are evident in today’s smartwatches are expected to grow their share of the smartwatch market from 30% to 40% by 2021.

While there is certainly no shortage of devices and smartwatch manufacturers, a new project on Kickstarter called Stark is taking a novel approach. This slick looking but minimalist gadget brings all the core functionality you’d expect from a hybrid watch, for an affordable $50.

Inside the water-resistant, stainless steel casing you’ll find an accelerometer for tracking your daily activity. Although there is no heart rate monitor, the watch will dish out information on steps, calories, distance and sleep. It will also give you a nudge when you’ve been siting on the sofa for too long, allow you to set fitness goals and sync with Apple Health. There is, of course, an accompanying app that keeps tabs on your fitness and activity.

Smartphone connectivity for iOS and Android includes text, sms and calls, which presumably come through the LEDs on the face of the watch. Other features include “Anti-Lost” tech, a camera remote control and various alarms.

The best feature of all is probably the battery life. To give you more flexibility, the watch has two separate batteries. The one that powers the movement will keep going for 2 years, while the Bluetooth 4.0 smart module lasts over 4 months at a time. An extra smart module battery is provided with every watch.

Price: $50 and up

Funding open:
$39,202 pledged of $20,000 goal
41 days to go

Estimated delivery: July 2017

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Stark: a hybrid smartwatch for those on a budget

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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