While it seems that the market for smartphone and tablet devices is starting to reach its saturation, at least in developed countries, wearable gizmos are getting more and more, just like mushrooms after the rain. HeadWatch is yet another new smartwatch prototype that is currently seeking a crowdfunding goal of $300,000 on IndieGoGo. What makes this device special is the fact that it can also be used as a wireless, detachable hands-free headset.
Part smartwatch, part a cool Bluetooth headset, HeadWatch can be attached to your ear or worn at your wrist. It is Android-based and comes notification light strips and a temperature sensor. Other features which by now are considered standard in smartwatch devices are the luminosity sensor and 3D accelerometer. The device allegedly comes with waterproof capabilities and has no physical buttons at all. Here’s how the official description of the device sounds like:
HeadWatch is a smartwatch composed by a wrist strap and a watch which could be detached and used on the ear as headset. The patent pending HeadWatch technology was created by engineers with design thinking soul. The problem to solve is simple: how can we improve the experience of the headset avoiding the situations faced by every user of losing it or just broken. The best answer was to augment the watch that we know and really create a smart watch with the design and technology capabilities to enable both usage as a smartwatch and as a headset.
The main body of the device is removable and the single thing that makes it a smartwatch is the strap. Since the device will be used as a headset, it will come with a small speaker and a microphone. Of course, it will allow for making and taking of calls and, apparently, gesture recognition support is also in the works. But form the looks of it, I doubt that it will be as cool as Ring, another interesting wearable device we’ve recently talked about.
If it ever sees the daylight, the HeadWatch will compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows devices. Early birds will be able to get the device for $169, but even with almost two more months to go, the goal seems a little too farfetched. Still, the guys behind this device think they can reach the goal and promise that at $500k, they will release an activity and sleep tracking app, at $700k an UV sensor and at $1M an OBD car connection app. Well, best of luck to them!