Smartwatches are popular at the moment and now ex-executives from Nokia and Fossil have announced the Meta Watch, a combination of phone and watch available for iOS developers this month.
9to5mac reports the smartwatch is the first of its kind designed for iOS to use low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 technology, which interfaces with an iOS app to customise the notifications displayed on the watch screen. Currently the notifications available mirror what you would expect to find on a mobile phone, including calls and text messages. However, by opening up the API, developers will be able to send almost anything to the smartwatch.
The Meta Watch in its current form has six programmable buttons, a 3-axis accelerometer, vibrating motor, ambient light sensor and Bluetooth 4. 0 – so there are a lot of tools for developers to have a play around with.
From the image above we can see that the device comes in white and black and is quite a looker too. The display shows information on the time and date, weather and temperature, in addition to calls, texts and email.
The smartwatch is due to ship this month in the US at a cost or $199. The device certainly has its competition and reminds us of the Kickstarter Pebble, which sold out after raising 10.1 million.
After years of seeing smartphones getting bigger and bigger, post craze for the smallest phones, could we be starting to see a move towards smaller devices once again? Certainly an area to watch – excuse the pun.