So you’ve got a wearable device with a 1.8 inch screen and the ability to show you caller ID strapped to your wrist? That’s cute.

The Rufus Cuff is more like a full-fledged smartphone that you can strap to your wrist. It’s a fitness tracker, web browsing machine, a messaging tool, and you can use it to make phone calls.

The device has a 3 inch display and runs apps from the Google Play Store. The developers are hoping to raise $250,000 through an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to bring the Rufus Cuff to market.

Rufus Cuff

Early backers can reserve a Rufus Cuff for $229. The price goes up to $279 after the first 250 units are claimed.

The device features a 3 inch, 400 x 240 pixel TFT capacitive touchscreen display, a Texas Instruments ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 16GB of storage WiFi, Bluetooth GPS, a front-facing camera, and a range of motion sensors, a speaker, mic, and the ability to vibrate when notifications arrive. It has a 1000mAh rechargeable battery and the Rufus Cuff is spill and splash resistant.

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features Google Play Store access which means you can install just about any Android app. Out of the box it’s designed for voice and video calls, web surfing, messaging, and other basic Android functions.

So while devices like the upcoming Moto 360 and LG G Watch with Android Wear are designed as Android phone companions, the Rufus Cuff could be an Android smartphone replacement… assuming you want a 3 inch watch with a relatively slow processor and low-res display strapped to your wrist.

The Rufus Cuff slides into a wristband which will be available in black, white, green, yellow, red, or blue.

If the Rufuss Cuff team meets its crowdfunding goal, developers hope to begin volume production in August and start shipping the wrist communicator in September.

via Backerjack

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15 replies on “Rufus Cuff wrist communicator laughs at smartwatches”

  1. Do not buy any product from these guys. They did not hold their promise any of their production dates (and sadly now that apple watch is out the product is already outdated), and when i asked for return they come back with thousands of excuses so they do not pay back they money.

    Most of the excuses involved Indiegogo and when i contact indiegogo they said i want not the only one.

    Once more before buying the so called super smartwatch, think twice!!!!

    i really can’t handle these kind of scammers

  2. bit late to the party but your title is messed up

    “Rufus Cuff wrist at communicator laughs smartwatches”

    is presumably meant to be

    “Rufus Cuff wrist communicator laughs at smartwatches”

    ?

  3. needs at least phone capability on board and complete waterproofness, plus expandable memory, to tickle my curiosity. The size and wristband concept is cool, but there need to be more features and specs.
    Kudos, however, for thinking a bit outside of the box.

  4. The accessory makers will gladly produce cuff holders for existing smartphones and phablets, and that will be it. If we have a great variety of dash-mounted holders and windshield-mounted holders, I don’t see why we can’t have a great variety of forearm-mounted holders. Fashionistas will be thrilled!

  5. I wonder what kind of fallout this will create? Can Rufus vault ahead of the crowd? Will other smartwatch makers follow suit, or just hunker down and try to ride it out?

    1. Let’s not kid ourselves. With the current pace of how slowly companies bring products to market after they’ve been crowdfunded, this won’t be out for at least a year. Who knows, what will be out by then in the form of Pebble 2, second gen Android Wear devices, the mythical iWatch, or even the mass production of Google Glass. I don’t think the current crop of smart watches have anything to fear at this point because all the current generation devices like the Pebble and the Wear devices set to be released sometime this summer will all be EOL and whatever takes their place will make this device seem archaic in retrospect. If you need proof, all you have to do is look at both the Hot Watch and Kreyos Meteor. Both of these devices offer something (or many things) that are technically superior to the Pebble, but both are struggling to even be produced after setback after setback. The end result? Within a month or two they’ll finally be shipped to a landscape that’s dramatically changed from the time they were first funded. Now you can buy a Pebble at Best Buy and it seems like a better value proposition because there is now a user base over 400k strong with an active development community and continual improvements. Even if the pebble doesn’t float your boat, Android Wear promises to deliver a whole new level of experience in only months and those devices are being manufactured by well known and reliable companies with a software experience that is honed by none other than Google itself.

    2. “I wonder what kind of fallout this will create?”
      The Pip-Boy 2000 kind…

    3. So many fallout references. To answer your question, yes im getting one, yes ill make a pipboy skin for it

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