So you like the idea of a wearable device that can alert you to incoming text messages, phone calls, or emails, but you’re not sold on a full-fledged smartwatch. Chronos is a tiny disc that you can slap on the back of any watch to add smart features.
It can track fitness stats and it can pair with a phone to alert you about incoming messages thanks to a vibration motor and an LED light.
Chronos is taking pre-orders for $99, with a limited number of early bird models going for $79. The full retail price will be $129.
The disc has a diameter of 33 millimeters and it measures 3mm thick. It should be able to fit on the back of most watches, although it will add a little bulk.
It has a stainless steel case, a water resistant design, an accelerometer for motion tracking, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE for pairing with a phone. The mobile app lets you set different tones or LED colors for different types of messages or for different contacts.
There’s not a lot of room under the hood for a gigantic battery, so you should only expect about 36 hours of run time between charges. But Chronos supports wireless charging, which should make charging the battery relatively painless.
If you’ve been avoiding a smartwatch because you don’t like the idea of having to charge you timepiece every day, Chronos might not help much. But if you just don’t like the look of existing models or don’t like the idea of spending a lot of money on a watch only to find that its features are obsolete in a few years, this sort of smart add-on for traditional watches might make sense.
via The Verge