A new hybrid timepiece launches on Kickstarter later today. It comes from Martian Watches, a California based startup whose claim to fame is that they created the world’s first smartwatch with voice.
Their latest venture is mostly about style and connectivity. Dubbed mVoice G2, this is a device that takes this voice functionality and builds it into something that looks like a classic timepiece with mechanical hands, but also features a full round OLED display. This means you get the best of both worlds – voice calling, Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant for your connected lifestyle, and something stylish you would be perfectly happy to wear for an evening out.
“As a pioneer of smartwatch hybrids since 2012, we are truly proud to see the strong emergence and acceptance of hybrids as an option for consumers who don’t want to sacrifice the style and feel of a traditional watch but still want the benefits of a digitally connected lifestyle,” says Scott Szybala, Vice President of Marketing for Martian Watches.“
“The mVoice G2 offers engaging smart features designed with authentic hands with minute and hour markers, to retain the three-dimensional DNA of a watch dial.”
You can use the voice functionality, for example, to ask for directions, request information or services or control smart home devices. Other smartwatch capability is mostly to do with notifications. These are delivered one of three ways: on the digital display, through color coded LEDs, and via vibration alerts. All this customizable from the accompanying smartphone app so you can filter what gets through. The voice functionality even allows you to reply to texts with a simple commands.
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The IP67 water resistant device has a unique navigation feature. By rotating the crown you can scroll through the last 20 messages received, choose between different display faces, access settings and more.
Battery life is a perfectly respectable 10 days (or around two hours of talk time), thanks to the low battery-consumption display. Charging time is between 2 and 3 hours.
Price: $119 and up
$30,621 pledged of $30,000 goal
39 days to go
Estimated delivery: April 2018
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