Meta Watch smart watch now supports iOS devices and Bluetooth 4.0

By , May 22, 2012

Last month, a Kickstarter project by the name of “Pebble” took the iOS community by storm. The iPhone-compatible wristwatch broke practically every Kickstarter record in existence, nabbing $10 million in pledges from 70k backers.

Capitalizing on this newfound demand for iPhone-connected smart watches, Meta Watch has just released an update to its Android companion. The new version includes support for the iPhone 4S and the iPad 3, along with Bluetooth 4.0…

The Meta Watch utilizes a mirror polymer network LCD, which is apparently fully reflective in direct sunlight. It also features 6 programmable buttons, a 3-axis accelerometer, an ambient light sensor and now, Bluetooth 4.0. This is a fairly big deal, as the Bluetooth 4.0 profile uses far less power than previous versions.

So is this smart watch better than the Pebble? That depends on what you’re looking for. On the plus side, the Meta Watch is available now, where as the Pebble won’t hit retail stores until the fall. But at $199, it’s more expensive.

It’s also hard to tell what the Meta Watch is capable of at this point. While the current model can pull notifications for text messages, email and phone calls from Android devices, there’s a good chance that these capabilities won’t transfer to the iPhone right away.

Nevertheless, the Meta Watch is certainly worth keeping an eye on, as is the entire “smart watch” market. Folks certainly seem to be looking for a way to control their smartphones from their wrists — it’s just a matter of which company can do it right for the right price.

What do you think of this smart watch craze? How long before Apple gets involved?

[GigaOM]

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  • http://twitter.com/DreadHeadSk8ter Corey Dunmore

    damn… no iPhone 4?? sucks… :-/

    • Anonymous

      The compatibility being referred to is Bluetooth 4.0, which only the iPhone 4S and the iPad 3 have. I’d be surprised if they don’t make it still compatible with Bluetooth 2.1 for older iOS devices.

      • Anonymous

        “I’d be surprised if they don’t make it still compatible with Bluetooth 2.1 for older iOS devices.”

        Unfortunately they can’t. Apparently any form of wireless control is not aloud as a background process over Bluetooth 2.1 on iOS devices (Apple only allows audio in the background).

        Bluetooth 4.0 (what happened to 3? ;) ) fixes all that, but alas its only available on the 4S and iPad2 :(

  • http://twitter.com/Ray___________M Ray________________M

    People pledged $10mil and still they try scamming at $199

    • Anonymous

      I think you’re misunderstanding. The pebble watch got $10 million and can sell the watch to people who didn’t pledge on kickstarter for whatever they want, when it comes out. This is a different company and is selling their watch right now for $199.

    • Anonymous

      I think maybe you’re confused as to how a business works, not to mention reading comprehension.

      The Meta Watch is retailing at $199, when the Pebble finally hits retail stores, it will retail for $150. And just because people pledged $10mil, doesn’t mean the $150 is an unfair price point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

    WTF is this?

  • Anonymous

    Pretty shit and boring imo, nothing on the Sony 1′s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Voo/1270328942 Robert Voo

    I’m Watch…..I’m Watch

  • http://twitter.com/solidsephiroth Sam Irizarry

    There need to be a video of this.

  • http://twitter.com/akilevin ΔKIRΔϟΔRIZΔWΔ

    Apple Should make iPod Nano 6gen to be like this… and it More Cool then This watch.. ~ ~