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.
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.