Smart watches have always been a popular concept, and there has been no lack of brilliant minds working on bringing the perfect smart watch to the general public. While the iPod Nano mayfunction as a watch, I have never been able to force myself to actually use it as such, but the Cookoo analog smart watch might just be the device many have been waiting for.

Cookoo smart watch

Cookoo

The Cookoo analog smart watch started out as a Kickstarter project in the first half of last year, with its creator, Peter Hauser, aiming for $150,000. At the end of the fundraising period, the Cookoo raised a little more than $300,000. And while Kickstarter has become so popular, it is not always a guarantee that you get the funding that you need. That being said, it is a good enough indication that the Cookoo has something to bring to the table.

What makes it tick?

At first glance, you might not think that there is anything special about the Cookoo. Indeed, you might think it’s just another analog watch. However, closer inspection will reveal that the watch is thicker than common wristwatches (it’s 16.3 mm thick). It also has a Bluetooth radio.

More so, the Cookoo is actually made up of two parts – the functional watch and the Bluetooth device. These two parts run on separate batteries, which can be convenient. The watch is also water resistant up to 5ATM.

People who cannot live without being connected will love the Cookoo as it has some tricks up its sleeves:

  • Notify user of calls – incoming or missed
  • Notify user of text messages
  • Let user know about incoming Facebook messages
  • Alert user to calendar reminders
  • Alert user if the host device (the phone) is low on battery or is out of range (perfect for forgetful individuals)
  • Trigger the camera on the phone
Obviously, the Cookoo needs to be paired up with another device, and currently, it is only compatible with iOS devices. In the future though, it should work with Android and Windows Phone.

It’s become reality!

The good news is that the Cookoo has actually become something tangible. It was launched in Hong Kong this month, and the guys at Engadget seem to like what they saw. Check out the video below.

So, the Cookoo has been launched in Hong Kong but it will be released in the US on January 7. That should still be an acceptable time to give a late gift, don’t you think? Learn more about the Cookoo watch here.

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