Smartwatches are all the rage today. With LG, Samsung, and Sony launching their own versions of smartwatches, and an iPhone smartwatch on its way, its only a matter of time before someone took it to the next level. HP certainly appears to have learned from past mistakes and has taken a quick plunge into the smartwatch business. The company is collaborating with 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Michael Bastian and innovative online shopping site Gilt.com to launch an exclusive luxury smartwatch that will blend the superior design and crafting skills of Michael with the technology seen in today’s smartwatches. The company announced that this luxury smartwatch will be landing on Gilt.com sometime this fall.
HP Luxury Smartwatch
Although HP’s luxury smartwatch will look like any other metallic luxury watch of today, it is inspired by the dashboards of premium cars, which reveal details about the car at a glance. The smartwatch too will reveal your personal data and other information at a glance, in a circular watch face. The smartwatch will be encased in a 44mm stainless steel case with inlaid button controls. It will come with 3 interchangeable watchbands in black rubber, brown leather, or olive green nylon to match the occasion you’re wearing it for.
Michael also plans to design an exclusive limited edition version of the smartwatch, which will feature a sleek all-black look along with custom luxury details.
The Michael Bastian luxury smartwatch will be compatible with Android and iOS devices. Users will be able to interact with the smartwatch with the help of an app. The smartwatch is expected to allow users to check the time, date, weather, stock updates as well as NFL, NBA, MLB and other sports updates. Users should also be able to remotely control music, check out all their calendar appointments and reminders, get quick social media updates, receive email and read text messages. The smartwatch will also indicate the status of the battery and will automatically adjust to the time zones you are in. The smartwatch is expected to be durable, have a power reserve of up to 7 days, and be water resistant.
Michael believes that the smart wearables of today, focus more on the technological aspect of things, pushing the design and feel of an actual smartwatch to the backseat. He feels that there is a need for a device that looks and feels like a watch and still delivers on performance.
This HP luxury smartwatch still hasn’t got a detailed spec sheet but we know that it will debut this fall. We will of course keep you posted on developments as they happen.