It seems that nearly every major tech company has been toying with idea of wearables, some being more "profoundly interested" than others. The concept of wearable technology certainly isn't new and lately, it seems that Google Glass and smartwatches seem to be generating the most excitement.
The problem with the latter is that very few companies have really been able to make anything that wows consumers. This is because they don't offer any additional functionality, but rather just pack familiar features into a smaller device that has a wrist strap. However, a new smartwatch by GEAK hopes to change that.
GEAK is a small subsidiary of Shanda, a popular content corporation based out of Shanghai, China. They are aiming to create the world's first true smartwatch by creating a device that has more sensors than the smartwatches we've previously seen. But first, here are the basic specs of the device:
- 1.55-inch OGS display at 240 x 240
- Ingenic JZ4774 MIPS processor at 1GHz
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB internal storage
- 500mAh lithium polymer cell
- IPX3 Water resistance
- Android 4.1
- Headphone jack
- Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
While those specs are actually pretty basic if not expected, there are several other aspects that make this device stand out from the others. For starters, it includes a 802.11b/g/n WiFi module. While this may not seem like a big deal, the only other smartwatch available that offers this is the MOTOACTV.
In addition, the watch will monitor the user's blood pressure, body temperature and even mood. This allows you to keep track of the various changes your body goes through during the day. When it comes to active monitoring, it will track your sleeping patterns, the number of steps you've walked, and your pulse.
Pre-ordering begins in China on July 3rd, with the device being priced at ¥1,999 or $330. It is unclear how mainstream the device will become or if it will make its way to other countries. However, if this device can live up to its impressive spec sheet, then it could possibly be the most useful smartwatch we've seen.