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Casio unveils rugged Android Wear smartwatch with dual-layer display

Casio unveils rugged Android Wear smartwatch with dual-layer display

This is the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, model WSD-F10. It is big, it is tough, it is smart, and it is... strangely appealing with its rugged, manly design. It is also a pricey piece of tech goodness when compared to its Android Wear counterparts, but we'll focus on the exact figures later, as we feel like what this puppy stands out with is more important. 

First and foremost, this isn't a smartwatch you'd wear to a fancy dinner. The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is built for adventurers – the kind of people who love spending time in harmony with the great outdoors. And when we say that it is tough, we mean it. The wearable is water-resistant at depths up to 50 meters and compliant with MIL-STD-810G military standard endurance tests. At the same time, a microphone is built in alongside a pressure sensor, an accelerometer, and a compass. 

Probably the toughest Android Wear watch made so far

Probably the toughest Android Wear watch made so far

The 1.32-inch display has a resolution of 320 x 300 pixels with a noticeable "flat tire" design at the bottom. If our intuition is to be trusted, that's where sensors and/or display circuitry might have be placed, as that's the case with the Moto 360 smartwatch. We could be wrong, of course. In any case, we're willing to forgive Casio this visual imperfection as the WSD-F10's display has one really awesome trick up its sleeve. Over the primary, color display is layered a secondary, monochrome LCD one, which is there to extend the wearable's battery life. Theoretically, the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch can last a month on one charge if only the monochrome LCD is used, but that means you'll be seeing the time only. If used as a standard Android Wear smartwatch, the wearable should last you at least a day per charge, 

On the software side of things, we have Android Wear running the show, meaning that the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is meant to be paired with an Android device. Sure, you may use it with an iPhone running iOS 8.2 or higher, but you won't be getting the full package. At its core, the user experience should come close to that of using any other Android Wear device – you have access to apps, notifications, and Google Now straight from your wrist. But Casio has built in its own goodies as well. Additional watch faces provide at-a-glance data collected by the wearable's sensors, such as altitude, air pressure, compass directions, your own activity, and much more. 

But as we mentioned above, Casio's first smartwatch is an expensive one. It is expected to cost around $500 when it is out, which makes it pricier than most other Android Wear smartwatches. It is also more expensive than a Samsung Gear S2 or an entry-level Apple Watch. But then again, few other smartwatches can withstand the kind of abuse the WSD-F10 is designed to endure. 


source: Casio via The Verge

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posted on 06 Jan 2016, 06:31 3

1. Modest_Moze (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)


NICE! I like it.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 09:31 3

10. Brewski (Posts: 379; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


FLAT TIRE!!!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 10:01

13. talon95 (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I know right, with all that room around the display I see no reason to have the flat tire. Also for an outdoor watch I would expect 2 days of tracking minimum. They need a good solar panel around the perimeter in the hash marks (where they should have housed the OLED circuitry/sensors).

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 06:35 2

2. GreenMan (Posts: 1441; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I quote: "The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is built for adventurers".

And yet the targeted audience is mostly consist of geeks who spend their entire day swiping on their smartphones, you know geeks & couch potatoes...

Well, at least; I'm not only a geek, but also an avid motorcyclist... Or biker if you so prefer though I don't have a big beard & I don't wear chain wallets etc...

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 07:04 7

4. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Can't you be a geek and an adventurer at the same time?

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 07:27

7. GreenMan (Posts: 1441; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@NoToFanboys Hardly...

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 07:05 1

5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


"And yet the targeted audience is mostly consist of geeks who spend their entire day swiping on their smartphones, you know geeks & couch potatoes..."

No it isn't. This is basically a fitness tracker with smart watch capabilities. Not sure couch potatoes have need for an elevation tracker.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 06:40 2

3. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Very nice piece. A G Shock styled smartwatch would be wicked.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 07:21

6. damiestechnologies (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2016)


very nice!!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 07:30

8. Ilikkaman (banned) (Posts: 39; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Fugly

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 07:54 1

9. seblak (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Oct 2015)


Waiting for seiko to create a diver android wear with 200m water resistance.Sounds pointless,but why not?

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 09:33

11. ibend (Posts: 5124; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


the only one flat tire design that I actually like :D

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 09:44 1

12. RoboticEngi (Posts: 801; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Ha ha apple is gonna drown in awesome android wear watches.......This one together with the one from Tag Heuer show us that the tech companies know nothing about watch design.....

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 12:50

14. Deadeye37 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


I totally would get this. A smartwatch that I can take swimming, surfing, snorkeling, etc would be awesome. BTW....the design looks great for an outdoors watch. Not something I'd wear when I go out on the town (my Moto 360 is for that), but definitely something I'd wear while being active.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 14:00

15. jeroome86 (Posts: 1376; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Now we're getting somewhere. Still out of my price range but the designs are looking better.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 14:38

16. justReLaxx (Posts: 29; Member since: 03 Nov 2015)


Very nice this might be the one

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 00:49

17. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


If I was given one for free I would wear it. I would still choose the S2 though..

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 04:32

18. JoshN (Posts: 187; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)


Looks like a great watch that i wouldnt have to worry about compared to my G-Watch R . Id still way rather a Gear S2 classic though !!!

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