Estonian-based Akriveia is raising funds on Kickstarter for Viking, a luxurious smartwatch that comes with mechanical, analog hands.
The timepiece is made of 17 unique parts, which combine a physical pointer with a full 1.22 inch 240 x 240 pixel touch-screen. You can switch on the go between two distinct dial styles, sporty and stylish.
The watch has the fitness side of things well covered. You can expect all the basics including steps, calories, distance, sleep and heart rate. Furthermore, Viking dishes up notifications from your smartphone and has applications such as weather, stopwatch, reminders, music controls and more. The two physical buttons on the side allow for quick operation.
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The 200 mAh battery promises up to 3 days of juice between charges. In pure analog mode the watch will keep ticking along for a full month. Water-resistance is a perfectly respectable 3 ATM (down to depths of 30 metres).
The mechanical aspect is interesting but by no means original. We’ve already seen a few timepieces with similar functionality. And the fitness and smartwatch specs are pretty much standard. So this is one more for the fashionistas out there, a watch that combines luxury with affordability. If you like it’s look, Viking might pique your interest.
Akriveia says the prototype is ready and they’re now looking for funds to get things moving. Seeing as they’ve already raised more than $30,000, the watch will be going to mass production. If it all goes without a hitch, backers can expect to receive the timepiece in April.
Price: $169 and up
$32,107 raised out of $20,000 goal
50 days to go
Estimated delivery: April 2019
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