Hands On With the E-ink-Equipped Sonostar Smartwatch (video)
Charbax has gotten his hands on an early prototype for the Sonostar smartwatch. This gadget features a curved touchscreen, a daylight-readable E-ink screen, Bluetooth, and support for both Android and iPhones.
I don’t have all the details on this watch, but I do know that the screen measure 1.73″, and it has a resolution of 320×240. Sonostar is developing partner apps for both Android and iOS, though of course we don’t know for sure what info the apps will be able to display on the watch.
In the video below Charbax demos the watch with a partnered Android smartphone, but from the way he describes it I think the smartphone might be sending screen images to the watch and not any actual data. This watch is expected to ship in December 2013 with a retail of $180.
It’s not much of a smartwatch, IMO.
Is anyone else growing less and less impressed with the whole smartwatch idea? A lot of so-called smartwatches really aren’t all that smart – not in the way that a smartphone is smart.
I’ve said this before, I know, but it bears repeating. Watches like the one shown above are less their own gadget and more an accessory for your smartphone, and that’s why I don’t see why everyone is so excited over yet another smartphone accessory.
I have the feeling that 5 years down the line we’re going to look back at the current iWatch frenzy and wonder why it was so frantically important to so many people.