Timex's smartwatch will connect to the Internet without the aid of a smartphone

Timex's smartwatch will connect to the Internet without the aid of a smartphone
Timex is about to make a foray into the world of smartwatches with an offering of its own, said to be equipped with a Qualcomm chipset and Qualcomm's Mirasol display technology – a tech that grants a power-efficient display, but still provides great outdoor visibility.

The timepiece will be called the Ironman One GPS+ and will pack a few nifty features, aimed at the hiker crowd. Firstly, as the name suggests, it will have a GPS and will use it to not only detect your location, but also report speed and traveled distance. What further sets it apart, though, is the fact that, thanks to an exclusive partnership with AT&T, it will also have its own cellular connection, as opposed to having to be paired with a smartphone in order to gain one. So far, it is said that the watch will be able to use said connection to communicate one's location to their contacts, either to arrange a meetup or in case of emergency. Whether it will support any type of messaging or mail service is still subject to speculation.

The watch is up for pre-order on the Timex website, due to arrive this fall. Its price tag is at $399, with an optional accessory to measure the user's heart-rate for around $50 more. A rather hefty sum, considering that Timex's other GPS watches float around the $200 mark. At least the first year of AT&T's data service provided for the smartwatch, will be free.

source: Reuters, Endgadget

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6 Comments

1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

"The watch is said to come with a price tag of $399 and has an optional accessory to measure the user's heart-rate for around $50 more." I could buy a Nexus 5, a bluetooth heart rate monitor and waterproof case for the same price.

2. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

That would look pretty funny dangling from your wrist. I don't do a lot of hiking but I am a runner. I used my Nexus 5 in a neoprene arm band for a year, but after I started using a Garmin watch I never went back. So much easier to hit the start and stop button. But I suppose for a hiker with the phone in a pocket you are correct.

3. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Mountain biker.

6. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

A box of pop tarts costs $5.99 I could buy 3 twizlers, 1 granola bar, and a box of nerds for the same price. Get lost…Tool.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Could buy a Moto G 4G & a Galaxy Gear Live and then some

5. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

But will it take a licking and keep on ticking?

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