Just a few weeks after the Swatch announce that will launch a smart watch to compete with Apple, a new Swiss company entered the fray
You’ve all been waiting for and now it has happened: the Swiss finally entered the fray of Smart Watches .
Just a few weeks after the Swatch have announced that it will launch a smart watch to compete with the Apple Watch, a new Swiss company called Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT) has introduced a line of intelligent watches made in Switzerland.
The MMT is a joint venture between Fullpower Technologies, wearable technology company in Silicon Valley, and the Union Horlogère Holding, owner of the Swiss Frédérique Constant watch shops and Alpine.
You may find that you never heard of MotionX technology, Fullpower, but she’s the one who’s behind the elegant Jawbone products and of wearing Nike.
The MMT was created specifically for this project and is headquartered in Geneva, which allows market officially watches Swiss through Militarynous.
Before we go deeper in smart watches with weird names of Swiss watchmaking, we need to clarify what the MMT mean smart watches “.
The category has an extremely wide definition and can range from a Casio wrist calculator, style the 1980, to devices like the Samsung Gear S and the Apple Watch.
A smart watch of Swiss watchmaking is between these two things. It’s like the Withings Activité (which isn’t bad), because monitors exercise and sleep, and displays this information in an analog display and via a smartphone application.No text messages, Instagram or Tinder here — the clock itself does not have a digital display.
The “smart” parts of these watches are basically the same on every platform, even though the wrappers, viewers and the bracelets vary.
In the display, there are two concentric sub-dials instead of 6, in addition to the hour and minute pointers that you already know. One of them shows the date, as well as an indicator of sleep and a counter to 100. It can be used to display the progress to a goal set by the application, such as the amount of daily steps, and there is much compatibility with iOS and Android.
Part of the strategy of MMT is licensing this technology to other watch shops as the market of intelligent watches continues to grow.
The Fullpower currently has more than 45 us patents issued and more than 75 additional patents pending for several products, the sensor software. Although giants such as Swatch and TAG Heuer have already started the work on their own smart watches, MMT wants your serve platform for smaller, more affordable brands can rely on a sophisticated system for playing this game.
The big question
Hanging over all of this, there is a multibillion-dollar question: this is the type of watch smart people really want?
Without a doubt, a smart watch that type has its advantages. By using a battery-powered quartz mechanism and low-power Bluetooth, it is not necessary to recharge it (just change the battery every two years or so).
The indicators are clear and simple, so it’s easy to embed the clock in your life without major changes. And perhaps the most important advantage, he has a format and an aesthetic that consumers know and already is an aspiration of many of them. In other words: he is beautiful and makes sense.
But there are also some obstacles. Exercise monitors have been doing more or less the same thing as a Smart Watch Swiss makes (or something like that) for years, but most consumers stop using these devices six months after having bought one.
This may be acceptable for a rubber wristband $150, but it’s not likely to work for a gold-plated watch for $1,295. Besides, it will be hard to compete with devices that offer more features, especially when the price becomes a deciding factor.
Without mechanical movements, they continue to be consumer-facing devices that probably won’t have much attraction for a collector of watches.
Considering that the Apple Watch must revolutionize completely the technology ecosystem to dress in a way that we can’t even imagine, launch a Smart Watch analog is a bold move.
The question is whether it’s a move ahead of your time or completely retrograde.
1. wrist Computers
São Paulo – recent news that most of the major technology is investing in the development of smart watches. Names like Apple (and your possible iWatch),Samsung, LG, Google and Microsoft are part of this list. But despite the smart watches have become the focus of attention in recent months, these devices are already on the market for decades. Check out this gallery of images a selection that shows the evolution of these gadgets that already emerged in the years 70.
2. Pulsar Time Computer/Calculator-1975
First wristwatch to come equipped with a calculator, the Pulsar Time Computer Calculator was launched in the mid-‘ 70, by the company Pulsar. The clock had four batteries: two for your LED screen and two for the calculator. For the male audience, the model came with a pen that allowed the user to access to keys.
3. Seiko Date 2000-1978
Released in 1983, the 2000 Date of Seiko came accompanied by a kind of keyboard, in which the user registered the data. When coupling the watch to the accessory, the information was transferred to the device. Was still able to store data like phone numbers, appointments and, of course, do the math. It was called 2000 Date because bear only 2000 characters.
4. Epson RC-20-1985
With ares of conventional digital watch, Seiko Epson RC-20 was equipped with a microprocessor, 8 K of ROM and 2 K of RAM. In addition to storing contacts and view the time in different parts of the world, the RC-20 even allowed the user to transfer certain computer programs to watch.
5. Casio CFX-400-1985
Manufactured by Casio, the CFX-400 was a watch equipped with calculator whose functions were beyond the similar products of the season. In addition to add or subtract, for example, was able to calculate square root and exponential functions. In other words, it was a kind of scientific calculator.
6. Timex DataLink-1994
Developed by Timex in partnership with Microsoft, the Datalink line was designed to become an even more portable alternative to the then famous palmtops. Water resistant, the advantage of the line was allowing data transfer from the computer to the watch without the need to connect them. The family was famous for having received a NASA certification approved your use in space, becoming the official line of the astronauts.
7. Samsung SPH-WP10-1999
At the time of your release, the SPH-WP10 was celebrated by Samsung as the smallest and lightest wireless device on the planet. In addition, the gadget could be used as a phone. The device didn’t count on keyboard, and to register the numbers, it was necessary that the user was selecting one by one through the button located below the display.
8. IBM 1.5 daily world buzz – 2000
In the early 2000, IBM joined the Citizen, consecrated watch manufacturer, to develop a gadget based on the Linux operating system. This partnership emerged the daily world buzz 1.5. Connectivity was provided via Bluetooth and could be thrown through voice commands. In addition, counted with accelerometer and fingerprint sensor.
9. Fossil Wrist PDA-2003
Based on the Palm OS operating system, the smart watch developed by Fossil hit the market in 2003 and was sold for $250. As well as the palmtops, the gadget of the Fossil was able to sync with computers. A problem was that the watch was heavy, 108 grams, and had a design somewhat unfavorable for your purpose, which was to be a computer.
10. Swatch Paparazzi-2004
Developed by Swatch and Microsoft, the Paparazzi would get content, such as news and messages, for example, through the FM frequency based on a Microsoft technology called SPOT, the smart watch was part of a team of models released from various partnerships with manufacturers such as Tissot in Switzerland. The model of Swatch cost 150 dollars.
11. One WIMM – 2011
The WIMM One, manufactured by WIMM Labs, was an intelligent Android-based clock whose connectivity could be made via WiFi or Bluetooth. Through an app, WIMM One was able to transfer messages and calls to alert a smartphone for the clock. Currently, the clock is out of line, but it is possible that the Labs be upon WIMM news on sleeve: in your site, the company says it has entered into an “exclusive and confidential” relationship with another technology company.