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The cookoo Watch Tells More Than Just the Time

Smartphones are quickly becoming commonplace for mobile communication, organization and anytime access to the Internet. However, staying aware of various notifications and even the current time is not very convenient when you have to keep pulling the phone out of your pocket, purse or backpack. That is where the cookoo watch comes into play.

Unlike smart watches such as the Pebble, which act as a satellite interface for your smartphone, the cookoo watch is first a watch. So, it not only looks and acts like a watch, but its battery will last up to a year for notifications and three years for the analog movement, rather than only a few days. Of course, like a watch, the cookoo doesn’t have a fully-interactive display. Instead, it has several icons on its face that light up to indicate various notifications such as email, chat messages, calendar reminders, voicemail and even when your phone’s battery is getting low.

Although its interface is simple, through its Connected App, you can configure all the notifications from your smartphone and assign functionality, such as checking into Foursquare or remotely triggering your phone’s camera, to the watch’s command button.

I like the elegant simplicity of the cookoo and the user-friendly, Swatch-like battery changing port on the back. However, according to its Kickstarter page, the case is 1.5 cm thick. That is pretty hefty and is likened to a Casio G-Shock watch. That is a bit much for my aesthetic, but in time the technology required for accomplishing this helpful functionality should get smaller. So, I will keep an eye on this one.

As of this writing, the cookoo Kickstarter project is still open for sponsorship. Their goal is to raise US $150,000.00 by July 7, 2012. So, if you are looking for a simple and discrete way to keep tabs on all your smartphone notifications, you can get in early and get one of the first cookoo watches at a discount.

What do you think of the design and functionality of the cookoo watch?

Photos via Kickstarter

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  1. Tova Dian Dean says: May 30, 2012

    That’s an amazing watch, and I can only guess how much smarter they will become as the technology advances. Nice info:)

    • Peter Ridge says: May 30, 2012

      @Tova: Thanks. This is one of several such watches that have started to make their way onto the market. I look forward to seeing how the design and functionality develop over the next year or so.

  2. Sarah says: June 22, 2012

    I really like the notifications part, because even my smartphone doesn’t do that very well.

    However, I’d like to see actual numbers on the watch. Big ones. (Boomer vision, you know)

    • Peter Ridge says: June 22, 2012

      @Sarah: Good to see you! Great suggestion about having numbers. Visibility is an important design factor. Perhaps they’ll make a version with a larger face and big hour indicators.

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