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With Apple's 'iWatch' around the corner, Wellograph releases sapphire smartwatch

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Sapphire is a key component of at least one smartwatch that will make its way into consumers' hands this fall, as startup Wellograph on Tuesday officially announced the availability of its fashion-conscious, fitness-tracking wrist-worn device.




Wellograph's eponymous device features a metal construction that appears somewhat more sleek than competitive smartwatches from companies like LG and Samsung. The face is covered in sapphire crystal, a traditional covering for watch faces -- Wellograph calls it a "luxe material" -- that has become en vogue in the consumer electronics space in recent months.

The smartwatch will track wearers' heart rate, displaying the pulse in beats per minute and tracking high, average, and resting heart rate. Wearers can also see a breakdown of their daily activity that includes an up-to-the-minute breakdown of how much time they were active as well as calories burned.

In addition, a weekly view will show the frequency, intensity, and time of the wearer's activity for that week.

Like most other wrist-worn devices, Wellograph will also function as a pedometer and sports a stopwatch feature. Built-in historical comparison functionality will let wearers compare their walking activity against the previous day as well as a self-defined step goal.




The company says Wellograph will operate independently of a smartphone or tablet, and can store as much as four months of activity on its internal memory before it needs to be offloaded to an iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device. The built-in battery is said to be good for up to seven days of operation.

Wellograph is available for $349 in black chrome or brown from Amazon and directly from Wellograph's website. Additional straps can be purcahsed for $49 each.

Those who have already pre-ordered a Wellograph will receive their devices by Sept. 12, and it will go on sale in Microsoft stores in "mid-September."


post #2 of 50
Interesting looking (although potentially very uncomfortable with those large squared off edges.

I'd hate to release a watch like this now, especially if Apple actually does announce something on the 9th.

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post #3 of 50
That is one ugly watch!
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That’s pretty, I guess. Really, REALLY thick, but it’s a neat design.

 

The software, on the other hand…

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post #5 of 50
So what's the news here? It seems more of an appliance than a smartwatch and watch appliances have been using sapphire crystal for a while.
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post #6 of 50

hit by an UGLY stick

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An homage to the NeXT cube maybe.  Needs to be about 3 times thicker though.

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Eww.
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Looks fine on a wrist, but ugly on its own. That would never pass Apple's standards.

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Fortunately for them, they won't have any problem producing enough sapphire to make the 15 Wellographs they'll sell this year.

post #11 of 50
so it is an overpriced fitbit that will make getting your hand through a jacket sleeve or into your pocket impossible. $350 for that?

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so it is an overpriced fitbit that will make getting your hand through a jacket sleeve or into your pocket impossible. $350 for that?

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Sounds great! /s

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post #13 of 50

That is one ugly watch. I would like a modern smart watch type device for lack of a better term but I also don't want to wear plastic or leather bands. The design of a watch is even more important than a phone since it is so visible on your wrist. You can hide an ugly phone in a case or your pocket if you wanted but on your wrist it will make a far bigger fashion statement. I want something I won't be embarrassed to wear. My Breitling that I bought nearly 25 years ago is just as stylish today as it was then. I hope they consider the band along with just the face and software. Plastic or leather won't cut it for me. Even better would be a band that would allow you to swap out a new iWatch face later on but keep the band. The iWatch part will likely get dated quickly but no reason why a high quality band couldn't be used for decades.

 

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Big, square, protruding monochrome brick.  Thanks, but I'll wait to see if any other company brings a competitor to market.

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post #15 of 50
LOL. That watch is fugly. Never heard of this company.

Really hoping to see what watch Apple turns out. I predict:

It will be oval, thin and curved slightly, with the thumb button and other utility items located in the ends of the oval, leaving a rectangular or square viewing area.

Hoping for a neat slap-on wristband that self sizes. Don't know what they would make the band out of, but I've seen plastic bracelets like that. Lots of customization possibilities from the fashion gurus they hired.

Oh well, that's why I don't work at Apple huh. 1biggrin.gif
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post #16 of 50

Seven days of battery? That's pretty good.

post #17 of 50
And that my friends is what a smart watch should NOT look like. Ever. Next slide, please.
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That thing is hideously ugly.  Whoever designed that should be fired from his or her job.

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Again- who wants to wear or needs these things???
 
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Again- who wants to wear or needs these things???

 

Depends on what it looks like, what it is capable of, and how much it costs.

 

As far as "need" that would be no one.  You only need three things: Food, water, and shelter.

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That thing is hideously ugly.  Whoever designed that should be fired from his or her job.

I doubt by looking at it was designed per se....

more like - great, circuit board is working fine, software is almost done, now someone find a nice small enclosure for the pcb, oh, and don't forget it needs a strap, oh- and sapphire glass or something so it doesn't get scratched. And hurry up, I hear apple might try to do their version soon....

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"We are deeply conscious of fashion, and this giant sharp-edged arm-brick avoids it at all costs. We've used scratch-resistant sapphire to insure pristine transparent fragments when it shatters on the edge of a door. Until that happens, you can enjoy our lower-than-centered display, which brings awkwardness akin to the Moto360's flat-tire edge to a whole new shape we like to call: the Rectangle!"

Seriously--companies have been running WAY too hard chasing Apple rumors! (Probably nearly unrelated to any actual Apple product!) Apple set a trend without even DOING anything!
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Okay, I just want to know how the model got his hairy arm tanned while keeping his hand milk white?
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I doubt by looking at it was designed per se....

more like - great, circuit board is working fine, software is almost done, now someone find a nice small enclosure for the pcb, oh, and don't forget it needs a strap, oh- and sapphire glass or something so it doesn't get scratched. And hurry up, I hear apple might try to do their version soon....

 

LOL :)

 

Yeah, I think your description of what probably happened is most likely right around the mark.  heh.

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Okay, I just want to know how the model got his hairy arms tanned while keeping his hands milk white?

 

Only a guess, but he looks like a lefty golfer to me.  In that case, he would have a glove on his right hand for hours at a time, except when he is putting (unless he's like me -- and Lexi Thompson -- who just leave the glove on). :)

 

Actually, it's pretty funny following some of the LPGA players on Instagram and Twitter.  When they're on vacation and posting a pic in a bikini, for instance, their arms are tanned down from where the sleeves would end.  One hand is tan, the other isn't.  Feet not tan.  Legs tan from where the skirt or shorts would end but not otherwise.  They always are making fun of themselves and how ridiculous they look. :)

post #26 of 50
looks a bit like a Pebble, but with sapphire.

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I doubt by looking at it was designed per se....
more like - great, circuit board is working fine, software is almost done, now someone find a nice small enclosure for the pcb, oh, and don't forget it needs a strap, oh- and sapphire glass or something so it doesn't get scratched. And hurry up, I hear apple might try to do their version soon....

You just described the creation story of every iWatch wannabe out there. I seriously doubt most of them would exist had the rumor mill not been relentlessly grinding out the 'what will Apple come up with' stories daily for what seems like forever.
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post #28 of 50
Wow..... that's not remotely attractive!!
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Only a guess, but he looks like a lefty golfer to me.  In that case, he would have a glove on his right hand for hours at a time, except when he is putting (unless he's like me -- and Lexi Thompson -- who just leave the glove on). 1smile.gif

Actually, it's pretty funny following some of the LPGA players on Instagram and Twitter.  When they're on vacation and posting a pic in a bikini, for instance, their arms are tanned down from where the sleeves would end.  One hand is tan, the other isn't.  Feet not tan.  Legs tan from where the skirt or shorts would end but not otherwise.  They always are making fun of themselves and how ridiculous they look. 1smile.gif

Thanks! I would never had thought of that not being a golfer. It just looked weird to me but obviously it was a deliberate model selection to send the subliminal 'Look even a left handed golfer wears one' message to golfers. 1biggrin.gif
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post #30 of 50
Looks ugly.
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Fortunately for them, they won't have any problem producing enough sapphire to make the 15 Wellographs they'll sell this year.
Haha very true.

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Thanks! I would never had thought of that not being a golfer. It just looked weird to me but obviously it was a subliminal and deliberate model selection to give the 'Look even a left handed golfer wears one' look. 1biggrin.gif

 

Just one more OT, golf-related comment.  Phil Mickelson, clearly the most famous lefty on tour these days (well, Bubba Watson is up there now too, I guess), is actually right-handed.  For a golfer playing lefty, the dominant arm is the right arm, with the opposite being true for righty golfers, obviously.  Oh how I wish all those years ago when I picked up the game that I had taken it up playing left-handed. :)

 

OK, done with the golf comments now, promise.  Heh.

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looks a bit like a Pebble, but with sapphire.

not even as nice looking as the pebble steel, and that should not win any design awards for looks

I have to admit - i have a pebble steel - the gps when I'm on the water, and the texts and notifications are excellent - means i don't have to take my phone out of its waterproof box a whole lot less.

i even find the steel useful enough at work - I hope that apple gives me a reason to replace it very soon.

SO far, despite wearing it a lot, even when fixing boat engines, and performing other manual duties, its not scratched at all - whatever they use as glass its very very good.

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Fortunately for them, they won't have any problem producing enough sapphire to make the 15 Wellographs they'll sell this year.

14, Im not buying one.

 

sorry but Wellograph is a really awful name, might have been a good name later on in the last century.

post #35 of 50

gas face that watch

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post #36 of 50
If you lose more than 4 fitbits a year, this seems like a break-even product! If you lose 5, you come out ahead. NB: this assumes you never lose your watch.
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That watch is ugly.  It reminds me of an ankle bracelet used to track criminals out on parole.

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Okay, I just want to know how the model got his hairy arm tanned while keeping his hand milk white?

...grabbing the prototype watch bases from out of the anodizing tank...

post #39 of 50
Sleek interface. Impossibly fat. Does it even fit behind a sleeve? What were they thinking? "We gotta get this thing out before Apple! No matter how thick it is!"
post #40 of 50
Hahahaha hahahaha hahahahahaaaa... Man, that's hahahaha so ugly.
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