Muse Hybrid Smartwatch: fitness, UV tracking, NFC payments and more in a classic design

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Analogue or hybrid watches are classic looking timepieces that conceal high tech smarts on the inside. However, most of these devices are fairly basic with just a few offering some more advanced features. A new hybrid on Kickstarter wants to change this – it combines a luxury design with some pretty impressive technical specs.

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And we’re not kidding. The timepiece offers a plethora of features including fitness tracking, UV radiation tracking, NFC contactless payments, SOS alerts, smart notifications and controls, IFTTT integration, Find My Phone, Control Music/Camera and more. The only thing that seems to be missing is a built-in heart rate sensor. Power is drawn from a coin cell battery which keeps going for a full year.

In terms of notifications, the sub dial of the device functions as a ‘Goal Progression + Activity + UV Meter’. Notification icons are also viewable through a 3.5 mm diameter window. Then there is the smartphone app which shows your fitness stats in more detail, allows users to configure the watch, setup phone control and get personalized recommendations.

Just as much attention is being paid to looks. The 5 ATM water-resistant timepiece comes with Sapphire coated mineral glass casing and a number of limited edition of 2,182 piece designs. Muse can be further customised with interchangeable Leather and Milanese straps.

Despite some stiff competition from the likes of Garmin and Nokia, the campaign for this unique and ambitious hybrid is doing well. With 23 days to go, more than twice the $25,000 needed to make it a reality has been banked. Delivery is expected this Fall. Usual warnings about crowdfunded projects apply.

Price: $134 and up

Funding open:

$57,047 raised out of $25,690 goal
23 days to go

Estimated delivery: November 2018

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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