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