Smart watches, no matter how hard their creators tried, did not become a new milestone in the development of technology. In general, on the other side of the Apple Watch (which became the most popular in the world mainly due to the marketing power of Apple itself and the ecosystem), things are going so badly for these devices that one of the directors of Huawei recently publicly said that in in principle, does not consider such devices to be in any way useful. And this despite the fact that relatively recently Huawei presented its Watch 2! But users have an interest in the niche of smartwatches, as well as the hope that sooner or later someone brave and talented will figure out how to get rid of congenital ailments and give them meaning.
ZeTime of the Swiss from MyKronos may not solve all the problems of smartwatches, but their concept looks fresh at least. This is the first watch with mechanical hands and a touchscreen and smart features, and this approach has several advantages. First, the device looks very unusual: imagine that only the case and hands have been left from your favorite mechanical watch, and a touch-sensitive color panel has come to replace the dial, which you can personalize to your liking. The creators themselves speak in the description of the project about an interesting fusion of modern technologies and classic watch traditions. And they also emphasize that the appearance of ZeTime was invented by masters from Switzerland, and we can only take our word for it.
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Secondly, the mechanism can function for up to 30 days without recharging - and battery life has always been the Achilles heel of all smartwatches.
So that the hands do not cover important areas of the dial and you can use the touch screen without any special difficulties, MyKronos has created and patented (and of course!) SmartMovement technology. The pointer mechanism is connected to the processor of the device, which can control it automatically. If you read the notification from the watch, the arrows will take a horizontal position between the lines of text, without blocking your view - and then they will snap into place again, showing the correct time. In addition, if you are traveling, ZeTime can be automatically translated to the right time, like a modern smartphone.
© press materials ZeTime
The watch works on its own operating system, but its functionality is not much different from the same Android Wear: viewing and managing notifications from all popular social networks, a step counter and calories burned, a heart rate sensor, a sleep quality tracker, displaying useful information like weather, etc. etc.
In addition, ZeTimes are waterproof, and their display is covered with Gorilla Glass. The authors also developed a huge number of straps for watches, from rag and braided to rubber and metal, and a lot of dials.
And now the best part is the price. One pair of ZeTimes will cost only $ 139. That's less than big-name brands ask for any Android Wear smartwatch, let alone an Apple Watch. There is no need to worry about the success of the campaign: ZeTime has already raised almost $ 3 million on Kickstarter. You can also buy watches there - delivery to backers is scheduled for May.>