Extending the smartphone screen to the wrist with Meta Watch

Summary:Texas Instruments and Fossil have begun showcasing a new product that shows real promise. The Meta Watch uses Bluetooth and open-source software to get timely information from a smartphone for displaying on watches.

This month Texas Instruments and Fossil have begun showcasing a new product category that shows real promise. The Meta Watch uses Bluetooth and open-source software to get timely information from a smartphone for displaying on watches designed to provide a handy screen showing important information. The wireless technology permits leaving the phone in the bag or pocket and getting the notices right on the watch face.

The Meta Watch is available for ordering now for $199, with availability expected June 30. It comes in two models, a digital watch with an always-on display (96x96) and an analog model with two displays (16x80) for those who prefer a more traditional watch. The watches are being made by Fossil and don't look as geeky as similar watches.

I have been in contact with TI to get one to test as I am excited about the prospects for this watch line; TI has produced an SDK for app makers to easily produce programs extending the capability of the watches. The Meta Watch may be the first attempt at bringing wireless information to the wrist that actually has benefit to the wearer.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Smartphones

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