Psst. Don’t tell anyone we told you, we could get in big trouble. However, there are these gadgets, see, and you put ’em around your wrist, see, and they tell you the actual time of day wouldn’t-you-believe-it. Also, and you didn’t hear it from us, some of these crazy jobbies are considered smart, see, and can do other things like connect to your iPhone or let you read text messages and even let you Skype just by holding your arm up to your head. It’s all above my head, see, because I’m just some petty criminal from the 1930s. Still, here is something new in that field. Sorry I squawked like a canary so readily.
Neptune, maker of many a fine watch or two, are back in the spotlight today with their handy, dandy Pine smartwatch. What makes this smartwatch potentially a cut above the rest of the competition? Well, it doesn’t need to be tethered to a smartphone, for one. You slang it around your wrist, and the it will do all manner of cool stuff, including letting you talk into it like a camera phone. This nifty thingamabobÂ is an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean device. It has a 2.4-inch (320 x 240 resolution) touchscreen, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Cortex-A5 dual-core processor, 3G HSPA+ connectivity (no 4G LTE here), 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, gyroscope and accelerometer, and two cameras. The battery will last for a sweet eight hours on a single charge, which is good for this kind of functionality.
The Pine just smashed through Neptune’s Kickstarter asking amount, raising an astounding $400,000 in just a week. It still has three weeks to go, however, if you still want to become an early adopter. You can secure your own Pine for around $199. The watch launches officially in January.