i’mWatch The Android Powered Wristwatch
an Italian company called Blue Sky has announced what it claims is the first ‘smart watch’ in the world to be powered by Google’s Android mobile platform. The i’mWatch features a small 1.54in touch-screen display on its front, and the power of Android inside it – and while its primary function is as a time-telling device, its feature list goes far beyond such basic functionality.
The company claims that the i’mWatch allows users to receive and make mobile phone calls, use a hands-free speakerphone mode, receive and send e-mails and text messages, check weather forecasts, view social networking notifications from sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, listen to music, view photos, display stock market data, receive appointment notifications, and multi-task between running apps.
Better yet, because the i’mWatch is based on Android, third-party developers can add more functionality to the system by developing their own apps designed for the small-screen device – including games, communications apps, and even video playback tools.
Powered by a Freescale-manufactured ARM processor and featuring 64MB of RAM, the i’mWatch isn’t as powerful as a smartphone – but it does offer a surprisingly impressive array of possibilities. Sadly, there’s no access to Google’s Android Market, but Blue Sky runs its own app store for access to compatible software.
The i’mWatch can be used to make and receive calls with your smartphone, and it is compatible with Android devices, the iPhone and BlackBerry Smartphone, it is available for 249 Euros, about $360