One of the challenges smartwatch makers face deals with the tiny batteries that power these things. That’s why Bluetooth Smart (or Bluetooth 4.0) technology is so great. It consumes only a fraction of the power required by previous Bluetooth implementations and can wake up devices nearly instantaneously.

Enter Buddy, a crowdfunded Bluetooth smartwatch with a claimed battery life of as much as ten days, or an impressive two weeks on standby. Besides telling time, the Buddy also relays notifications from your iOS, Android or Windows Phone devices, lets you control music playback, place calls, receive and display data from your device like turn by turn navigation, display your media like pictures and more…

The team is asking for $320,000 to build the first run. So far, they’ve raised a cool$42,000.

Here, key features:

• thickness: 8 mm
• screen: tactile, capacitive, 2″ ultra high contrast panel
• buttons: just one, on the left bottom corner
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 (Smart)
• SoC: MTK
• memory: internal 8 GB
• frame: metal
• band: elastomer
• USB port: at the end of the band USB port
• battery life: 10 days or 2 weeks standby
• water-resistant: 3ATM
• shock resistant: yes 
• OS support: iOS / Android / Windows Phone

Mind you, this tiny smartwatch features a two-inch capacative color touchscreen and packs in eight gigabytes of flash storage. And because it works over Bluetooth 4.0, the Buddy works with iDevices that incorporate Bluetooth Smart, like the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPad and latest iPads.

Here’s a photo of a black Buddy variant.

Vea Buddy smartwatch (black 001)

And a black Buddy next to a white iPhone 5.

Vea Buddy smartwatch (black, white iPhone 5)

It’s just 8mm thick, or 30 percent thinner than analogue watches.

Vea Buddy smartwatch (size comparison)

The team is targeting an August 2013 delivery to backers who are willing to support the project with a pledge of $150.

If you’re interested, head over to the Buddy page at the IndieGoGo web site.

[via TechCrunch]

  • any new cool watch thing that comes out with a low quality screen needs to be banned immediately from sale.. there is no excuse for selling low res or monochrome devices in 2013…

    • WTF are u talking about ? — ultra high contrast panel
      That’s about the newest screen from LG TV’s

      Seriously every comment I read from u this far on this blog was negative.
      Cut the damn bullshit if u didn’t even read the specs…

      • lol at you getting all emotional and feminine… fact is most of these silly watches have BS screens … and stop worrying about my comments.. you type what you want and i type aha i want… you are like a damn menstruating crackhead.. but thats okay

      • “Seriously every comment I read from u this far on this blog was negative. Cut the damn bullshit if u didn’t even read the specs…”

        ^^^please tell me you are a female… it take alot of estrogen to make a statement that damn emotional… and yes you are like a menstruating crack head,…lol.

  • Gah this beats the crap out of my pebble 🙁

  • looks alot better and more functional than the pebble watch, im gonna hold out until the verdict is out on this though, heard negative things about the initial pebble release so this might be the same

  • Ben

    30% thinner than SOME watches. LOL

  • You know…. First I was going to pull the trigger on pebble, then I was going to do i’m Smart watch, and now this one??! I’m just going to wait for Apple to do their thing 🙂

    • With all the rumors about an iWatch, we might as well wait.