Kairos isn’t the only company that figures there are folks in the market for a smartwatch who don’t want to give up on luxury time pieces… so the solution could be a smart wrist-strap.
Luxury watch company Montblanc has just introduced it’s own smart accessory, which it calls an e-Strap. It’s a leather wrist-strap with an OLED touchscreen display that can show notifications from your phone.
This lets you wear a mechanical watch, but interact with smart features by twisting your wrist so you can see the screen.
The display is an 0.9 inch, black and white, 128 x 36 pixel screen and you can pair the e-strap with your phone over Bluetooth to view notifications for phone calls, text messages, email messages, appointments, reminders, and social media. It also has a vibration motor to send you alerts when you may nto be looking at the screen.
There’s also a pedometer function that lets you use the device as a fitness tracker.
According to A Blog to Watch, the e-Strap will sell for about 250 Euros (about $300 US), which may seem expensive when you can get a full-fledged smartwatch for less money. But if you’re the sort of person who would spend thousands of dollars on a Montblanc watch in the first place, a $300 strap probably seems like a bargain.