will.i.am (I find it really annoying to type his name that way) is a well known musician who makes top selling music with his band the Black Eyed Peas, but is he the new leader of what he calls fashionology with his new i.amPULS cuff? Notice I didn’t call it a smartwatch. He doesn’t want this untethered smartband wearable device to be called a watch even though you wear it on your wrist and it has a clock. If it looks like duck and quacks like a duck then it must be a… The device features a special version of the Android OS, integrated touch screen, 1 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage, 780 mA of power, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a pedometer and accelerometer and will run untethered on a 3G cellular network provided exclusively through AT&T. Sounds like a smartwatch to me, but where it differs is that unlike most smartwatches it does not need to be paired with a smartphone. The i.amPULS is a stand alone device that you can use to make/receive calls, send/receive texts, find locations on maps, listen to music and more. It even has its own Siri style assistant named “AneedA” who acts on your voice commands. There are a lot of questions left unanswered about this device including pricing and when it will be available. One thing is for sure though, I’ll need two of them so I can do a worthy Wonder Woman impression with indestructible bracelets. Seriously, the i.amPULS has some interesting features, most notably the ability to make and receive calls without being tethered to a phone. But here’s what I’m wondering, will it have a separate phone number that people will need to know in order to call and text your wrist? And how comfortable will this thing be to wear? It sure doesn’t look like anything I’d want on my wrist for very long. What do you think? For more information about i.amPULS, visit www.iampuls.com
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