Swatch introduces its first smartwatch, made for Beach Volleyball



Earlier this month, we told you that the Swiss purveyor of plastic watches, Swatch, was ready to enter the competitive world of smartwatches. That news came after a 180 degree flip from CEO Nick Hayek. Hayek originally saw the intelligent timepieces as being too small for communications, and too power hungry to prevent constant battery charging.

But today, Swatch officially introduced the Swatch Touch Zero One. Believe it or not, the device is aimed at those who play Beach Volleyball. Thanks to the sensors on the watch, the Touch Zero One can distinguish between attack hits, low hits, high hits, and high fives. It counts your steps and computes the distance you've traveled during the contest. All of the data is sent to an accompanying smartphone app and computes a score that is displayed on your watch. The scores rate your volleyball playing talent on a scale of 0 to 100. Graphs mark your progress over several months, and you get to see how many calories you've burned playing the game.

What you don't get is email, message notifications, or the ability to control any function on your phone. Heck, why offer features that every other smartwatch carries? The watch is based on the Swatch Touch which features a curved touchscreen, a backlight and six timing functions. And the battery will allow you to go months without recharging. Three volleyball functions are available out of the box, and downloading the Touch Zero One app will add the remaining volleyball related features to the timepiece.

No pricing or availability was mentioned. When Swatch first said that it was building a smartwatch in the early days of this month, it hinted that the timepiece would launch within three months. That means that we should expect the Swatch Touch Zero One to be released before May, just in time for the Beach Volleyball season. And by the way, since it is made for Beach Volleyball, which does require a beach, the watch is waterproof. While no platform support was mentioned on Saturday, earlier indications had the watch working with Android and Windows Phone.

source: Swatch via SlashGear

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10 Comments

1. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Hmmm...if only it can do that will I'm playing football or tennis....like which kick did u shoot or whatever....would have been more awesome as volleyball is not widely played in the world like football is played

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

ikr who the hell cares about volleyball lol

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

this thing is a joke an ugly joke at that. the girl in the video was the only thing keeping me watching it.

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I didn't even watch the video lol

9. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Tie it on your foot maybe it will work same for football ;)

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Misty May Treanor is about to get a heck of an endorsement deal

4. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

It is black and gold

7. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

I'm sure this is useful to someone...maybe?...not really?...I don't know.

8. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Can't get any notification? Sorry it not going to in my wanted list.

10. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

What's the point?

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