The MetaWatch Strata is currently looking for funding via the hugely popular Kickstarter program. The Project looks similar to the Pebble watch that took Kickstarter by storm earlier in the year and offers some very nice integration with your iPhone 4S.
Strata, is a smart sportwatch designed to complement your smartphone and give you Hands Freedom. With a Bluetooth 4.0 connection to your iPhone 4S or Android smartphone, you can check messages, see who’s calling, control music, view weather, and more, all from your wrist.
“Hands Freedom” is how we describe the broad range of benefits MetaWatch Strata provides. A vibrating alert and a simple glance reveals everything you need to decide whether to act on a notification now or later. This saves time, conserves phone battery, and eliminates much of the ‘friction’ that comes with using smartphones.
The idea of a smart watch certainly seems to be one that captures the imagination. The previously mentioned Pebble attracted massive attention when it appeared on Kickstarter amassing over $10 million in pledges. The Pebble still hasn’t been released as of yet and suffered another delay this week; it was previously slated for a September launch but not any longer and no further dates have been announced.
If you prefer the look of MetaWatch Strata, you can become an early adopter with a pledge of $159 or more to secure one should they make it into production. The watch currently has over $84,000 of pledges and it needs to hit over $100,000 to gain enough to be funded. As with all of these Kickstarter projects, just because a particular item reaches its funding total doesn’t guarantee it will be made. I guess the saying goes; you pays your money and takes your choice!
I never wear a watch and always rely on my iPhone to tell me the time and all the other useful information that I need so wouldn't have any use for a smart watch. Could you see a usage case for this type of smart watch or is is strictly for the geeks amongst us?