All I want for Christmas, is bluuuuue…tooth technology. Okay so that may not be as catchy as the original version of the song but the holiday season is producing some interesting and simple products using Bluetooth technology so let’s focus on the one we really like the look of, the Nevo minimalist Smartwatch that has been funded on Indiegogo.com.
Currently it is almost impossible not to be blown away by the amount of Smartwatches available on the market; there is almost one from every major technology company at the moment and they keep coming. So where does Nevo fit in to this marketplace? Good question, well the Nevo is incredibly simple and that is its major advantage. It appears to be a watch with technology, not technology posing as a watch. The two are similar but not the same, and personally the former is more preferable for regular wearers of watches. Many of you will own a simple watch with an ergonomic clock face, and probably prefer it to many of the Smartwatch models currently available, the Nevo is a perfect break through item for you.
Let’s have a little look at what the Nevo can do within its compact and sleek design. Nevo can set and track daily goals such as monitoring steps, calories burned, distance or even swimming strokes and information is then fed back to user in a percentile fashion. Eleven white LED’s are embedded into the watch face and by pressing a button on the side of the watch, light up based on the percentage of that goal achieved in the day. The goals are set through an app on the users Smartphone and the devices are paired using Bluetooth 4.0. The Nevo goes further than just monitoring fitness, it also vibrates when incoming calls or texts are received from the Smartphone, making it discreet and not at all bright and obvious in meetings for instance. Not sold on it yet? Try this.
Battery life is a key reason that most consumers report that they are not keen on Smartwatches, well Nevo has gone back to its watch origins and this watch requires no charging, at all. It is powered entirely by two batteries that are replaceable, one for the Swiss time keeping (est 5 year functionality) and the other for the smart features (6 month functionality). There is no getting away from it, that’s pretty impressive if it can be pulled off. The Nevo has its own tool for replacing batteries and it is included, so all you need to do is buy new batteries once the old ones run out, it’s almost like going back to the future. I did not even need to mention the interchangeable straps that have a little quick release mechanism on the inside to easily be swapped or reattached, but it is a nice piece of design.
So now you have seen all the good you’ll be expecting a hefty price no doubt, well at $199 right now on Indiegogo.com it does face stiff competition from some of the major companies for sure. But as we have seen, a watch with technology can be smarter choice than a Smartwatch.
For more information here is the official page for the Nevo.