A closer look inside Fossil MetaWatch

  • 24/07/2011 AT 20:26 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets, Technology

Fossil MetaWatch

With the growing use of technological gadgets, such as computers and phones, people would think that perhaps it was time to stop wearing watches. Come to think about, you can take a quick look on your phone and know the time, instead of having to wear a watch on your wrist all the time.

Nonetheless, reality shows that people don’t really think that way. To many, watches are one more piece accessory that they can mix and match with their clothes. It’s an addition to the sense of style, and it can either help improve or damage a person’s image. With today’s youngsters, watches are still quite popular. Perhaps, what needs to be done is add appealing features that will attract more people.

During the last twenty years, it has become quite evident that old fashions are becoming popular once again. Take for instance high waist jeans and the 80s music; even though they were not “in” during the last decade, they are starting to be “in” now. The same thing seems to be happening with watches, with the difference that they were never out of style.

That’s where the new MetaWatch by Fossil comes in. Fossil has been manufacturing and selling watches for quite some time now, and they also sell other accessories such as wallets and bags. Despite the fact that they haven’t come out with an extremely popular item, they have been in successful business over the years.

Getting a bit in depth with the MetaWatch, it comes with a technological twist that makes it even more useful. Something that will probably blow your mind is the fact that it actually works as a remote terminal for mobile phones. The watch is well-equipped with an Android app (OpenWatch), which allows it to communicate with the phone. Even though there were previous watches with a Bluetooth connection, the MetaWatch comes with its development platform. Android developers (right now it’s only available for developers) will be capable of pushing graphics and text to the MetaWatch.

At the moment, only Android is compatible with the watch. However, this could change depending on the acceptance by the developers. It was made available in two configurations, and they are sold together for $200. These two configurations are an LCD monochrome and a hybrid (analog and digital). The fact that there are two models, perhaps, indicates that Fossil isn’t quite sure which model will appeal the most to buyers. Since only developers are trying them out, they will be able to take their feedback in order to improve the MetaWatch.

It’s interesting to mention, though, that this watch seems to appeal more to men. The design isn’t fashionable at all; it’s a simple black square, which comes with a leather strap of the same color. On the right side, there are three buttons on the right, and three inset buttons are located on the left. The LCD also comes with a light sensor on the right of the screen.

Despite the fact that the developing of this gadget is still in early stages, connecting the MetaWatch with your phone can be quite simple. First, it’s necessary to install OpenWatch on the gadget and then open the settings options. The default settings should remain untouched by the average Joe, since they are meant for those with developer-like skills. Last, the app is used to finalize the connection between the watch and the application via Bluetooth.

Fossil’s MetaWatch seems to be a very valuable electronic gadget. It takes a step further in providing buyers with the ability of staying electronically connected. However, one thing Fossil must not forget is the fact that watches are in essence a piece of style. Since they are still in their early stages, perhaps they will later release better looking MetaWatches.

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