Wearables, wearables, wearables. Everywhere we turn there is another wearable. One such device that had initially began its journey on Kickstarter, the Neptune Pine, is beginning to come out of the woodwork and is now shipping to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. If you were one of the lucky people to get your hands on any of the backer slots before they disappeared, you’ll be pleased to know these devices will be on the way very soon to your doorstep. These are the first batch of units getting shipped out to backers as of today so it won’t be long until we start to see the first impressions from the early adopters.
The Neptune Pine reminds us of another wearable that is actually quite similar looking in design to this device, especially because of the size, which also began through crowd sourced funding and is a personal favorite of mine, the Rufus Cuff. The Neptune Pine is a little bit smaller though, but still vastly larger than any other wrist worn wearable we see out on the market currently, so it obviously has some strengths like easier typing due to the large display, and it probably also makes for a better(or perhaps easier)viewing experience. For those who didn’t get in on the campaign or simply didn’t know that it even existed, you’ll be able to place pre-orders for the device and there will be two models to choose from. A 16GB model which will set you back $349 to pre-order, or for more storage there’s the 32GB model that will set you back $449 to pre-order.
Those prices do probably sound a bit more steep than what we may be used to, and if that’s what you think we won’t disagree with you because it’s the truth. However there is a reason why they cost a little bit more and that’s the larger display, and full Android integration running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so you can use Android apps on it, and other specs we don’t see in wearables just yet like 2G/3G/4G/WiFi/Bluetooth support. It also has a built in rear and front camera, a built in mic, speaker and headphone jack, as well as many other features. This is basically like a small Android phone on your wrist, and it looks awesome. Congrats to the backers, the first round will be there soon, with the second batch shipping out in the next couple months in November.