Too Bad For A.I. Watch, Smartwatch Craze Is Fading Out

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After a huge disappointment with Samsung Galaxy Gear, it seems that the smartwatch craze is fading out. This is evident in the latest fundraising effort of another smartwatch wannabe A.I.Watch. The crowdfunding, through Indiegogo, started last September 25, 2013 and so far it has achieved barely $10,000. The project aims to raise at least $100,000.00.

Like Omate TrueSmartwatch, A.I. watch claims to be fully functional on its own without having to be paired with a smartphone. It can make calls and access a number of apps with Android 4.0.4 OS ( Ice cream Sandwich ). If the fundraising goes well, the device will sell for $279,with shipping to start in December 2013. The smartwatch is developed by Swissco Ltd with Damien Douk as its creator and designer.

The device’s SPECIFICATIONS are:

  • Size : 42.0 x 47.5 x 12.5mm
  • Processor : Dual Core 1.2GHz
  • O.S : UI 2.0 / Android 4.0.4
  • Network : GSM 3G
  • Frequency : GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (workable all over the world)
  • Flash : Ram: 512 Mb (1GB Require Stage 2 to be unlocked)
  • Rom : 4GB
  • Display : 1.54 inches, RGB 240*240 dots
  • Touch Screen : Capacitive (Drive IC IC – MSG2033)
  • Speaker : 1208 Speaker/Headphone 2 in 1
  • Microphone : 4015
  • Bluetooth : Support Bluetooth Stereo Headset, support video audio; Support data transfer and receive; Support calling via Bluetooth Headset
  • Camera : 5 Megapixel
  • USB Port : Micro 7 pin port: downloading, charging, data transfer and headset use (4 in 1)
  • Antenna : GSM+ Bluetooth + GPS +WIFI antenna inside
  • Vibration motor : Yes
  • Gravity Sensor : Acelerometer, E-Compass, Gyroscope
  • Battery : Lithium ion battery, 500mAh (up to 100 hour in stand by)
  • GPRS : Support
  • Internet use : Support
  • WIFI : Support
  • GPS : Support
  • Media : Mp3, Mp4 Support
  • FM : Support
  • Voice Recording : Support
  • SMS/MMS : Support
  • Hands Free : Support

Meanwhile, to avert negative reviews of Galaxy Gear, Samsung is heavily promoting its product. You might have seen the 10 full-page ads in the Friday editions of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. In Youtube, you can view trailers entitled “A Long Time Coming” and “Evolution” showing early incarnations of smartwatches in popular films and TV shows like Dick Tracy  and Star Trek.

Why do you think smartwatch is not gaining traction? What features do you want to see to make you really buy it? Perhaps you are waiting for Apple to release its iWatch. Share with us your thoughts.

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