Casio announces new iPhone-friendly G-Shock smart watch

By , Dec 5, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk lately about a rising accessory category called “smart watches.” They’re essentially wristwatches with the ability to connect and share data with smartphones — think the Pebble, or the Strata.

Today, Casio has officially announced that it’s throwing its hat into the smart watch ring with a new line of iPhone-friendly G-Shock wristwatches. They actually look like regular watches, until you see what they can do…

Casio’s smart watch uses the low-powered Bluetooth 4.0 standard to connect to your iPhone 4S or 5 and performs a handful of useful functions. It can alert you of incoming notifications, help you locate your missing phone, and more.

The notification feature seems pretty limited. From what I gather, it only works with calls and emails. But the watch can also send a signal to your iPhone to play an audible alarm, in case you misplace it, and it can sync to its Clock app.

The Bluetooth v4.0 G-Shock runs on a standard coin-type battery, and Casio says that it should last for 2 years, provided it stays connected to your iPhone for 12 hours a day. Luckily, the watch as an auto disconnect-recconnect feature.

Casio is selling the watch through select retailers for around $180. That might seem kind of pricey for its limited amount of features, but the G-Shock line is notorious for being rugged and water resistant, so there could be interest here.

What do you think of Casio’s Bluetooth-enabled G-Shock watch?

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  • http://twitter.com/AmpxMC Amp

    Seems nice

  • http://twitter.com/TarekMMD Tarek

    I like it. It looks like something that would be useful. I wear a Casio World clock now. I could use this new one, but when they add some more features to it, like compass, elevation, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/Kevinfest Kevin

    I don’t know why people like these watches so much, they look cheap and ugly.

    • kevin2

      So just because you think the watch looks cheap and ugly no one should get it? Btw Casio is a huge brand, brand loyalty only is reason enough for people to start buying one, but you know everything about expensive and good looking taste right? Why don’t you compete with Casio then, good luck trying to beat its annual $4 billion revenue. I’m starting to think that the kid in the picture actually does the thinking for you…

    • Guest

      I don’t know why people like you are allowed to post comments, it’s always the same: just because you think how something should be so every body has to follow.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Lol, another fancy worthless, yet overpriced tech. Are your ears so deaf that you can’t hear your phone’s alerts? With just a couple of notification settings, all it takes is 2 seconds to bring it from a pocket to your eyes and get the exact same benefits this tech offers for an additional fortune.

    Phone finder? What a bs gimmick; how far do you think bluetooth reaches? If you want a true phone finder, iCaughtU pro does it all for just $2.

    Only worthy feature, IMO, is the out of range stuff; that would be useful incase you forget to take your iPhone with you. Though, there are several stand-alone alternatives that are a fraction of the price; google “Bluetooth Vibration Bracelet” and see the savings.

  • Guest

    So just because you think the watch looks cheap and ugly no one should get it? Btw Casio is a huge brand, brand loyalty only is reason enough for people to start buying one, but you know everything about expensive and good looking taste right? Why don’t you compete with Casio then, good luck trying to beat its annual $4 billion revenue. I’m starting to think that the kid in the picture actually does the thinking for you.

  • Dan

    Hey Casio, the 80’s called…

  • ridonkulous

    Just think of the possibilities, caller ID on watch, answer the call,see a text all without pulling your phone out of your pocket. I like it….

  • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

    i consider all watches such a waste of screen space, i would like the screen to be like my ipod nano (6thg)!!

  • http://www.bitmantra.com/ maria watson

    Really amazing watch. Especially i liked the call & mail notification feature on this watch. I am sure this watch is going to hit market especially for the business guys.

  • mwpitt52

    Still waiting on my Pebble watch like every Kickstarter project, over promised and under delivered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ernesto.sosa.92 Ernesto Sosa

    B4 all the celebs starting using g-shock as a fashion statement we Marines were using them cuz they are durable in our environment !!! I had mine for 3 years now deployments and field training….

  • http://twitter.com/ZaffrulZamry Engku Zamry™

    Thats cool