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Gnomio – The resurrection of Microsoft SPOT watches?

on December 9, 2012 2:59 pm

Let’s see a show of hands, who remembers Microsoft’s SPOT watches from over 8yrs ago? Smart Personal Object Technology watches not only told the time, but also used a wireless service to display news, stock prices, sports scores and weather. While we’ve seen a few Android based watches and Apple iPod nano watches, Windows Phone has been left out of the party. That is till now. Gnomio is a new Indiegogo project seeking $100,000 of funding to bring their Windows Phone watch to market. Featuring a capacitive touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity to Windows Phone 8 devices, Gnomio is designed to notify you with vibration about incoming calls, emails and messages. But the feature that most intrigues me is this one:

With Gnomio you can install apps from Windows Phone Store via smartphone extending device potential. Minimum of action – a couple of taps and application is installed.

The watches will be available in two styles: Fresh and Strong. The Fresh style comes in 4 bright colors, with a plastic case and the Strong style has an aluminum case. If the project is funded, they plan to have watches shipping by April 2013. Interested? $81 will reserve your own Fresh Gnomio and $131 will get you on the list for a Strong.

Comments

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    Bill says:

    I have two of the SPOT watches. They’re in the same drawer as my Timex/Microsoft Datalink watch. If this device goes the same route as the Pebble E-Paper watch, I’d take the April 2013 ship date with a grain of salt. I’m on the hook with that Kickstarter project which was promised for September 2012 and is now maybe coming some time next year.

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    Andre says:

    Agree with Bill, just found my old Datalink in the bottom of my desk drawer among other dead tech. Still waiting for my Pebble as well!

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    jhon says:

    I just don’t see a watch as worth the effort if I already carry a cell phone with me everywhere.

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