We know that Apple is working on a smartwatch. Pebble, Google (News - Alert), Sony and several other companies are also working on a smartwatch. Now we have another contender who is throwing its watch into the mix.
What makes this smartwatch any different from the others? It could be the second processor that it sports. It could be that because of this additional processor that power consumption is down. Or maybe it is the fact that it can be recharged wirelessly.
These all make it sound like a product that can compete with the big names. Let me introduce you to Agent. The press for it says that it is the next generation smartwatch with brand new technology, world class developer tools, unparalleled battery life and QI wireless charging.
Secret Labs is a company that engineers and manufactures electronics platforms for software developers. They build hardware, software and services in the smart home and building control industries. Their open source Netduino product line is used by software developers all over the world.
Secret Labs has teamed up with House of Horology. What seems to make this a good collaboration is how they view themselves: a description of House of Horology is, “We broke traditional watchmaking down to its elements, distilled the essence of both luxury and fashion design philosophy, and engineered a brand new watch from the ground up.” Horology is the art or science of measuring time. Both of these companies are located in New York City.
Basically, Agent uses cutting edge technology to offer unparalleled battery life. The smartwatch also has some powerful watch apps. Part of what makes this possible is the dual processor design, precise power metering and a power optimized operating system.
Chris Walker, who is the founder of Secret Labs, said, “Smartwatch designers have had to compromise to conserve battery power limiting us to simple apps, minimal connectivity and primitive developer tools. The breakthrough technologies in the AGENT smartwatch combine together to deliver a premium user experience for the wearer and a premium app development experience for software developers.”
These comments were followed up by the founder of House of Horology, Lawrence Leydeman, when he said, “I believe that fashion and function should go hand in hand. Inspired by our Bedlam collection, the AGENT smartwatch blends cutting-edge technology with fashion-forward design. It’s perfect for a busy day at the office, a relaxed evening with friends, and everything in between.”
The watch face can be changed with the press of a button. You can have an analog face that looks good with a business suit, or a digital look for those casual times. You can also download additional watch faces online through your smartphone.
Through a Bluetooth 4.0 connection, Agent can communicate with your smartphone, making it possible for those apps to work with the smartwatch. Agent also displays incoming calls and notifications.
Agent can alert you by vibrating to let you know when you've accidentally left your phone behind. It is also compatible and will work with Android 2.3 and higher, iPhone 4S or newer and Window Phone (News - Alert) 8.
The smartwatch should get up to seven days of battery life with its smart functions activated. If you keep it in standby in the ‘watch face only’ mode, you should get about 30 days battery life.
There is a campaign going on now at Kickstarter to get enough funding to move ahead and manufacture Agent. If you make a pledge on Kickstarter, you can get an early bird pre-order price of $129. Once the smartwatch is produced, the expected price should be around $249. They are hoping that the product will ship towards the end of this year.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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