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Rufus Cuff Monster is a wearable with a 3 inch screen, a web browser and more

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Rufus Cuff Monster is a wearable with a 3 inch screen, a web browser and more
If you're looking for a wearable that gives you the smartphone experience on your wrist, you might want to try the Rufus Cuff Monster. But you will need to wait to see if the project gets fully funded. More on that below. This is a device with a 3 inch screen and when connected to your iOS or Android phone, will let you make or take phone calls directly from the device. And with a full web browser, you have the internet on your wrist. A full screen QWERTY lets you reply to messages, or you can dictate messages using the voice support on the unit.

The Rufus Cuff Monster supports the full Google Play Store, and if you don't have a smartphone to connect with, the device will work over Wi-Fi. You can even make VoIP calls and video calls in this manner. With GPS, an accelerometer and a gyroscope, the Cuff Monster will support your favorite fitness apps. The product is splash proof and will allow you to check texts in the rain. The measurements are 79mm x 54mm x 11mm.

The Rufus Cuff Monster in the waning days of trying to raise $200,000 on IndieGoGo, and it is going to come down to the wire. With eight days left, the device has raised $160,000. The target is $200,000. Delivery of the Cuff Monster is expected this September if the project is funded, and you can reserve one by contributing $249 toward the funding goal.

The Rufus Cuff Monster features a 3 inch screen with a 400 x 240 resolution. Right now it includes 2GB of RAM, although is expected to double when the product is released. There is 16GB of native storage. A Texas Instruments Cortex A8 processor is driving the device, which is powered by a 1000mAh battery.

Check out a video of the product, and see a size comparison chart against the Samsung Gear 2 and the Pebble, by viewing the slideshow below.


source: IndieGoGo via GSMArena

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posted on 20 Apr 2014, 00:20 2

1. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Sounds interesting. A true wearable, but a bit too big. Luckily i canceled my Gear 2 purchase abd looks like i will root for this.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 09:40 2

15. Kuroki (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


This is where the curved glass is useful, but it will be more expensive. i'll buy it if it does not look like i taped a small smartphone on my wrist.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 00:48 1

2. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


1. Why do you need 2GB of RAM in this device? 512MB or 768MB is more than enough.

2. I imagine smartwatches would look like gauntlets with a relatively large 21:9 screen

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 09:35

14. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Why do you need Hackintosh?

Why do you need iNtel i7 instead of i5...?

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 01:23

3. BattleBrat (Posts: 1070; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


A TI processor!

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 08:47

13. RandomUsername (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


It's probably still stuck on 4.1...

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 01:50

4. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 635; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Real simple common sense-> Innovation. Just increasing size of display in this manner is terrific. This is how smart watch should be. Learn people.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 02:01

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2972; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Looks like it is from the future. Or the movies. Very fantastic and intruiging compared to most of the current humdrum "smartwatch" designs. It'd be great if all the fitness BS was taken out, though. The step, and mile, and calorie counters and such are at cross-purposes with the "from the future" vibe. If you are going to make a cool device, make it cool. Overall, this is the first real non-phone device that shows any innovation.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 02:09 1

6. TheNeighbor (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Samsung can go with this direction, with a curved display. I'd buy that.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 03:06 2

7. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


haha feel like power rangers

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 03:25 1

8. zelase (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)


its bulky and if its heavy no use to buy it

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 05:50

9. ldenningjr (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)


The first thing i thought was "Its morphing Time" Definitely Zeo or In Space

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 06:04

10. deewinc (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Curved display would look great on it =D

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 06:05

11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 354; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


After looking at this, does anyone have Futurama come to mind? This remindes me of Lela's wrist band.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 08:27

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 11177; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's not a bad gadget. Might wind up being a hit.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 09:56

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


"Right now it includes 2GB of RAM, although is expected to double when the product is released."

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but it sounds like the final device is supposed to have 4GB of RAM. What?! So this smartwatch might have more RAM than any Android device before it? I don't see the point.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 10:01

17. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Perfect.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 14:02

18. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 283; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I am shocked that so many of these comments are positive. This is a phone with a wrist strap. Not only that, but it looks really bulky and uncomfortable. Look at that guys wrist as he tries to mount his bike. That thing would be so annoying to wear. I would have figured that all of the people who diss the Iwatch and Galaxy Gears would have been hating this. I guess I was wrong.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 14:47

20. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2972; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


What is a "smartwatch" today? Something that I have to have my phone with me to be useful. Something with a tiny UI that is basically useless for anything except notifications. Something that is more about tracking my location, my heartbeat, my steps, and other aspects of what I am doing so the maker of the smartwatch can sell this data than it is about providing useful functionality to me, the buyer of the smartwatch.

The Rufus Cuff is visionary. It removes the bundling of the smartwatch to the smartphone. It has the computing power and the large enough screen so people can do all sorts of cool things with it. The future is wide open for a device like this.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 15:57

23. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 283; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Not only does this thing have to be paired with a phone to do anything useful, but it is practically as big as the phone that you will be carrying around with it.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 16:58

24. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2972; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Sure, this prototype is limited in a number of ways. But the concept is visionary. Future versions of this will have better displays, better processor, lighter weight, full independence from the smartphone, etc.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 15:12

21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I completely agree with you. I'm very surprised by the reactions to this. Oh, well. Whatever. To each, his or her own.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 14:28

19. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Great device but a bit bulky,

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 15:21

22. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 70; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


No, make it stand alone, or I won't buy it.

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 18:57

25. Blazers (Posts: 205; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It will be a perfect watch to wear to D&D meet ups. Also very cool to show off to all your lab buddies. A win-win

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 23:32

26. huypaulha94 (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I've never felt like I wanted to become a power ranger more than after reading this.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:54

27. MobileGuru (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


Looks promising

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