Well it looks like, after three years of research and development, musician Will.I.Am is prepared to launch his wearable device. Will.I.Am is calling his wearable the i.amPULS and he’s not treating it like the wearables we are used to, instead he is treating the device as a standalone device. That’s right, no smartphone is necessary to use the i.amPULS and this was done very deliberately.
“If we were to imagine a world without a smartphone and dream up something for the wrist, what would it be? I built something that fits on your wrist, and you don’t need a phone to make it work.” This is what Will.I.Am told USA TODAY, he wanted to design a product that was thought of and designed like smartphones didn’t even exist, a pretty bold undertaking if you ask us.
Will.I.Am launched his standalone i.amPULS at Salesforces user conference in San Francisco earlier today. Although, odds are you probably didn’t read about this with all of the Google-related news stealing the technology spotlight today. The device will launch in stores by the end of the year for a price of $499, a little high for our taste but some people will surely hand over their money for this product without blinking.
The way that Will.I.Am talked about his new wearable device implied that he did not create it to compete with other smartwatches, but to simply offer a different option. This device is more of a “lifestyle statement” and more fashionable than other smartwatches today are. Despite this, the i.amPULS will feature phone calling, texting, reading and replying to emails, playing music, checking social media and a pedometer. Essentially all of the same features that most current wearable devices offer.
i.am.PULS is definitely an interesting new option for fans of wearables to choose from, unfortunately we don’t see it selling to well due to its high price point of $499. But it is still very early to be making such assumptions, only time will tell how this device sells. What do you guys think of the i.amPULS? Let us know in the comments section below.