Since the advent of the smartwatches, Luxury watchmakers and also designer companies are flocking to offer their own “Smart” version of the watches. Some of them, like Fossil, have a few models that run on wearOS while the others offer a hybrid that is aimed at balancing the analog goodness with the digital advantage. Muse is one such Kickstarter project that adds all the smart features without the fluff.
I was using a smartwatch earlier and some of the glaring issues that I ran into were battery life, added distraction, bulkiness and higher dependency on the smartphone. I also missed the good old charm that analog watches offered. The makers of Muse claim to have solved all of these problems on their new watch. Let us take a closer look and check out how well Muse has tackled the typical issues with smartwatches,
As I exclaimed earlier, the battery life is an Achilles heel for a smartwatch user. What’s worse is that WearOS powered watches struggle to offer even a day of backup on a single charge cycle. The Muse Hybrid is rated to offer 1-year of battery life and this is not bad considering it offers many smart features that are offered by traditional smartwatches.
The Muse Hybrid comes with a digital UV Sensor that measures the UV rays from the sun and will warn users of overexposure.
Automatic Activity Recognition
Despite not being a fitness tracking device, the Muse does detect activity automatically. It also measures the calories burnt, strokes and average speed as well. Additionally, the watch also comes equipped with a Sleep Tracking feature that measures your sleep quality. What’s more, you also get a Resting Heart Rate monitor by placing the back of your finger on the smartphone camera.
Mobile locator, call alert, Music and Mobile camera control
With the Muse, you can control your Music playback, mobile camera and also search for the phone with the Mobile Locator feature. The watch comes with a small circular hole that displays the notifications.
The watch uses MusePay, an NFC feature that allows you to pay at PoS. This feature is especially handy if you don’t want to take out your phone or if your phone doesn’t come with an NFC feature.
The Muse Hybrid Watch is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign. The pledge starts at $134 and is expected to be shipped by November 2018.