Luxury wristwatches are considered to be status symbol for many. Watches like Cartier, Omega, Rolex, etc. have their own brand value. Smartwatches on the other hand, are considered to be geeky. They generally come in different colors and variety of shapes and have batteries that hardly last for one day. Unless you love collecting tech gadgets, smartwatches won’t attract you much. Also it is very unlikely that a person who owns a luxury watch will think of buying these smartwaches. Kairos Watches has developed the T-band, which acts as a blend between smartwatches and analog watches.
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The T-band is a device that restores the band of a mechanical watch and has smart features like activity tracking and notifications. The T-band connects to your smartphone though Bluetooth, just like smartwatches.
Three versions of the T-band are available:
- T-band HD
The T-band HD (Hidden Display) model is for people who require all the smart watch functions while being discreet. There are LED panels which are integrated underneath a “membrane-like” thin material which hides the display. The hidden LED lights up when a notification is received. The battery is expected to last 2 to 3 days on a single charge. However, images and videos cannot be displayed with this model.
- T-band OD
Those in love with analog wrist watches will find this version absolutely wonderful. A curved PMOLED display is there along with a touch sensor. The display is made of tough mineral glass which has a special anti-scratch coating. It is powered by ARM Cortex-M4 processor and has Dual mode Bluetooth Classic and BLE.
- T-band ND
The T-band ND or No Display model is for people who are looking for some basic smart features in their watch. They can receive basic notifications through a multi-color LED indicator and a vibrator. An activity tracker, extended battery life and health data monitoring can be obtained from this model without any fancy touch sensor functionalities and displays. The battery is expected to last over 7 days for this model.
All of the three versions contain accelerometer, gyroscope, an optical sensor and a compass. The basic model has a skin sensor that senses sweat and skin temperature.
Kairos had run an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for this project. The total funding goal was $50,000 and it was more than successfully funded.
Are you going to try the T-Band? Do you prefer smartwatches or luxury watches? We would love to hear your views.