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First look: MetaWatch's premium Meta smart watch for iPhone

post #1 of 12
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One of the companies that helped coin the term "smart watch," MetaWatch, is looking to take the category high-end by introducing a new line of Meta products designed by former Vertu designer Frank Nuovo.

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A glut of smart watches have hit the scene after seeing Pebble's success and rumors of an Apple "iWatch" started circulating. The problem with many of the devices already on the market is that they are built with cheap materials and don't necessarily have the design flair indicative of a quality product.

MetaWatch wants to change that with its new Meta lineup, slated to hit shelves this spring. Designed by Nuovo, the pieces will come in a variety of materials, including the aluminum and leather version on display at CES. And like most other smart watch options, they connect with Apple's iPhone lineup when the Meta launches later this year.

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"We have a clear vision about what we want to do and what we don't want to do," MetaWatch CEO Bill Geiser told AppleInsider at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. "We don't want to build a phone on your wrist; we want to build a social solution."

Geiser went on to say that he wants to use adapt technology to better suit the needs of customers, not create more confusion by adding complexity to existing devices.

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"It's not appropriate for me to ask my customer to change their behavior," Geiser said. "We don't want more technology in our life, we want it to work for us, to free up our time. I want to spend more time with people than with my phone."

To that end, the new Meta smart watches will eschew the old top light and screen from current generation models in favor of a high-contrast backlit unit.

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The user interface will also be improved to take advantage of sensor technology from partner Memsic, which is providing magnetometer and accelerometer hardware for the upcoming products. In addition, MetaWatch ported Memsic's SDK stack to the new Meta series, meaning customers will be able to use the watch for more motion-oriented applications.

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Current generation MetaWatch products are available at Best Buy and range from $130 to $180. Pricing for the new, premium Meta watches has not yet been announced.
post #2 of 12
I'm sorry but that is probably the ugliest watch I've seen in a long time. Smart or not, it's stupid looking.
post #3 of 12
I actually think it's better looking than the pebble watch and some of the other options… But yes I do agree that it's still ugly.

I hope Apple comes up with one that not only looks good and feels good… But incorporates all the fitness tracker possibilities as well.
post #4 of 12

Maybe they should have used a watch designer instead - they could have contacted Ventura... instead of a mini brick sat on your wrist, design it curved to fit the arm properly.

The Sigma MGS below also has a power generator... use a flexible eink screen to cover top surface, perhaps?

 

 

 

post #5 of 12
I agree, this watches are not really beautiful, at least for my taste. And I was just checking the vertu phones on their website and though they look nice they are not really beautiful either.

I truly believe that if apple comes up with a watch it would be mesmerizing
post #6 of 12

I can't imagine anyone wearing that thing, much less paying to own one.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by cjcoops View Post

Maybe they should have used a watch designer instead - they could have contacted Ventura... instead of a mini brick sat on your wrist, design it curved to fit the arm properly.
The Sigma MGS below also has a power generator... use a flexible eink screen to cover top surface, perhaps?






Jeeeeeee $5,500.00 for that watch?!?

It's not even a smart watch and what is up with this ego driven video?

http://youtu.be/WxL6T47C-9E

Director "make sure you get a couple of close ups of his futuristic glasses"

Camera man "WTF...."

I'd walk around like FlavaFlav before I spend 5g's on this.

I understand they are trying to break the mold with this and kudos for that, but wearing this screams 100$ smart watch and nobody in a business meeting would think your wearing a quality time piece.
post #8 of 12
Pebble steel is way better and better looking. this thing is hideous.
post #9 of 12
'The problem with many of the devices already on the market is that they are built with cheap materials and don't necessarily have the design flair indicative of a quality product.'

This watch is no different. It is seriously ugly.
post #10 of 12

To me these are fads and that is all.Who in their right mind would wear this ugly thing??

post #11 of 12

well there is a reason these watches never left the 1980's, these new "Smart" watches do not look much better than this one.

 

post #12 of 12
Not that I'd ever be interested in wearing such a crappy looking watch, but what are they for?

If it's to avoid attention when reading ones iPhone, forget it as it's too small for me to read anything but the time.
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