While reputed smartphone producers like Apple and Samsung try to allure customers with new smartwatches and accessories, Chronos is working on technology to make all watches smart. The new invention is a cheap, but not substandard alternative for the expensive smartwatches that we have already seen on the market.
Although their usefulness hasn’t been truly proven, smartwatches have become incredibly popular these days and many more people are willing to ditch their old timepieces in favor of the intelligent models. Chronos, however, is paying attention to the needs of customers, who would like to have smart technology embedded on their watches, without giving away their timers.
Judging by the official presentation that the developer has made, it looks like Chronos’ technology is really promising. Their new device consists in a plastic-based disc that is only 2.5 millimeters thin and 33 millimeters wide, which can be attached on the back of any given watch and endow it with smart functions.
Sure, it cannot cover all the functions of a smart timepiece, but the disc has proven itself very efficient in notifying users of emails, calls, text messages, as well as other app notifications. The company has already created an iOS and Android app that helps users set their watch notifications, according to their preferences.
The disc is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth, but users rarely become aware of its presence. You realize your watch has gotten smarter when you see LED lights lightning the screen of your watch or when you feel the timer vibrating, the developer has explained.
If these functions are too simple, users have the possibility to personalize their timepieces and command them to use different LED colors for different users and notifications. Unfortunately, all notifications and changes have to be made by accessing the smartphone, because the disc cannot turn the watch screen into a touch screen.
Chronos plans to add many other functions on its watch in the future. The device already features health and heart-rate sensors that can tell the user’s condition during regular or intense physical activities.
Even though Chronos will definitely not replace smartwatches, it remains a good option for users, who want to make all their watches smart. This way, they don’t have to wear only smartwatches, because classic models can display notifications, too.
The good news doesn’t stop here: the price is also affordable, according to the company’s declaration. Chronos’ disc can be ordered in exchange for $99 from the company’s website and its overall cost will not exceed $129. Yet, customers will have to wait until February 2016 because the device will not be available until then.
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