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Ibis dual-face smartwatch concept revealed at Mobile World Congress
While the big players in the smartwatch market continue to tweak their designs, searching for a device with the right mix of functionality and style, others are banking on the latter being the force to drive mass-market appeal. Finnish company Creoir Ltd certainly fits this description. Its concept Ibis Dual Face Smart Watch on show at this week's Mobile World Congress bears a closer resemblance to a piece of jewelry than other smartwatch designs on offer.
The Ibis features a stainless steel and crystal body, the design of which was inspired by a flying bird spreading its wings to protect a younger bird on its back, intended as a metaphor for the personal information carried by the watch.
Though technical specifications of the Ibis are scarce at present, we do know the watch will feature an OLED display with integrated touch and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB connectivity. A built in accelerometer and e-compass give some indication of a scope for gesture control and or location-based apps.
Running on an Android platform with a custom user interface, Ibis will be compatible with iOS and Android. It will be capable of receiving notifications from your smartphone and act as a remote control, though the company has yet to divulge the full extent of this function.
Source: Creoir Ltd
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Nick was born outside of Melbourne, Australia, with a general curiosity that has drawn him to some distant (and very cold) places. Somewhere between enduring a winter in the Canadian Rockies and trekking through Chilean Patagonia, he graduated from university and pursued a career in journalism. Having worked for publications such as The Santiago Times and The Conversation, he now writes for Gizmag from Melbourne, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, the city's bizarre weather and curried egg sandwiches.
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Nick, at an event called Mobile World Congress 2014, I wonder how much such a beautiful device might cost a simply country bumpkin teacher. Any news?
Looks too heavy to me. I use a watch to tell the time, not tell me my diary. I have given up on heavy watches which, thanks to Newton, always make their way into a position where it is impossible to read them without grabbing hold of them and bringing the dial into view.
I solved the problem by buying a new one, and it only cost me £8, which is bound to be a few noughts cheaper than this animal. It keeps perfect time, is very light and always where I want it to be when I want to read the thing. I don't need anything else.
Oh, and I use my 'phone to provide the extras that this device is supposed to be so good at.
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