New smartwatch is "Hot"

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Following in the footsteps of the Pebble watch, a new smartwatch is seeking funding on the Kickstarter site. The Hot Watch out of Dallas, has some rather big shoes to fill as the Pebble smartwatch raised a record $10 million of crowd-sourced funding on the Kickstarter site before launching. The Hot Watch claims to have more capabilities than its competitors when it comes to some functions such as making calls, sending and receiving emails and keeping in touch with the pulse of your social networks.

Similar to the Pebble, the Hot Watch offers a 1.26 inch Sharp produced E-paper multi-touch display and a Cortex M3 processor. A secondary processor handles other chores like Bluetooth and the call controls. Speaking of Bluetooth, the watch uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to any handset that offers such connectivity. The developers of the watch say that despite this, the Hot Watch connects best with an iOS or Android flavored phone. The watch is water-resistant and will support OTA updates.

The Hot Watch is designed in such a manner that holding it up to your ear will help amplify a call allowing you to converse in private. And if needed, you can always turn on the speakerphone. The Hot Watch is crammed with features pre-installed like a pedometer and will alert you when your phone is out of range giving you an early warning that it might be stolen.

Thanks to the SDK that is available for the watch, developers can make new faces and new apps for the watch. Calls can be answered, ignored, dialed and muted using gestures. Sensors in the watch know if you've fallen down and can't get up. The watch gives you 30 seconds to respond before calling for emergency help. And gestures can also take you from the lock screen to an active screen. For example, if you write a "D" on the lockscreen, the Hot Watch takes you to the dial screen.

On Kickstarter, with 37 days remaining for Hot Watch to reach its $150,000 funding goal, the company has raised over $60,000. The basic version of the phone is expected to retail at $169 or more but for $109 you can help fund the project and receive a Hot Watch which is expected to ship on December 23rd, just in time for the holidays.



source: HotWatch via TechCrunch

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23 Comments

1. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

$169? Ouch

12. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

pebble is $150, so its not that much more. this comes with more sensors so pay up for them. wait till apple and samsung bring theirs for $400

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am sold with the answer call feature of the watch, my current Sony smart watch don't do that. Pledged!

2. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

They need just one more thing - good industrial designer.

13. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

and name

20. techdude

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

Their current watches do look a bit rough, but they do mention that they're not machined, they're just prototypes. Can't wait to see what they look like machined.

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

A new age of charging your watch every night :) Best regards!

4. amancarlos

Posts: 42; Member since: May 09, 2012

i hope this is not a prank!

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

With some of the major manufacturers already planning smart watches, I can't see this succeeding. I don't see this drawing interest away from the watches that Sony, Samsung and eventually Apple will put to market. For me, I was excited about the Pebble, but now I'm in a wait and see mode. I'm waiting to see what the Samsung watch is like and how it compares to the Pebble - and cost of course.

8. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"With some of the major manufacturers already planning smart watches, I can't see this succeeding." I disagree with you. Lets wait and see. Just because big names are doing something, doesn't mean small companies will not succeed. Just my one dollar opinion. If you have something you can market as a USP of your products and a good marketing dept team, you can sell anything, no matter how small you are

6. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Hot? Engineers really have no creativity. And i think ubantu phone edge is better project than this.

7. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

The YEAR of Smartwatches.

9. kyan-

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

jesus christ those watches are hideous

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

thought no one would say it, the watches need a cleaner more sophisticated design as well as a better UI

11. turbalejo

Posts: 13; Member since: May 10, 2012

pretty Jaime sold it for me... :)

15. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

When Jamie called I got a vibration in my.... nevermind. (o_0* )

16. kyan-

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

The last thing i want someone to see is i'm wearing some stupid faux branding called "hot"

19. Igneel

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They'll laugh before you could even show them its 'hotness' :P

21. techdude

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

Yeah, I think they'll probably shrink the logo or change it's location. There have been a bunch of comments requesting it... I'd agree.

17. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

I am yet to see a smart watch which actually looks good....

18. NightFelix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

No NFC and Wireless Charging?

22. phissith

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

You guys are forgetting that the cupped your hand phone call is actually patent pending by them, so Apple or Samsung or any other will not have this terrific geeky feature.

23. techdude

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

It's a pretty cool project.. They seem to be taking care of their backers.

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