A new type of smartwatch platform called MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies) was just announced out of partnership between a series of companies both in Switzerland and in Silicon Valley. Behind MMT is Peter Stas of Frederique Constant/Alpina and Philippe Khan of Fullpower and MotionX technology which has been an innovator in activity and sleep tracking solutions for wearable devices.
Think of it this way, MotionX will be responsible for producing a modular smartwatch system that can be placed in any watch, and companies like Frédérique Constant will have the responsibility to design a pretty timepiece around it that consumers want.
The MMT movement is designed to be like traditional quartz battery-operated watches that require a new battery each few years. Frédérique Constant and MotionX determined that their target demographic doesn’t want to charge things on a regular basis, and from the start, having a “reasonable amount of battery life” was a priority.
The Horological Smartwatch with an MMT movement will connect to a host phone via Bluetooth and there will, of course, be a companion app that is vital to the experience. The watch itself only displays the time (without seconds), date, and a progress indicator meant to help the wearer know whether or not they have reached their daily activity goals. The sole input device on the watch is the crown which is just a pusher.
The MMT Horological Smartwatch also has a “night mode” so that it can track your sleep activity and help measure your sleep quality and “efficiency.” This is something that MotionX has a lot of experience with, as it provides the technology to a lot fitness tracking wearable devices. Press in the crown of the Horological Smartwatch, and the date indicator hand moves to the small moon symbol on the dial, which means you are in sleep mode. You can either wear the watch while sleeping, or put it under your pillow.
We don’t have too many technical specs for the watches, but having seen them hands-on, I can say that they are on-par with the quality of other Frederique Constant and Alpina watches. Frederique Constant will produce the “business” Horological Smartwatch, and Alpina will produce the sporty models and the first women’s watches. For men, the timepieces are about 44mm wide and perhaps 12mm or so thick. The ladies’ versions are smaller at perhaps 36mm wide, with a pleasantly modern feminine style (very much like a boyfriend watch – but with available diamonds). Prices for the watches will start at about $500 or so and go up to about $1,500 – $2,000 for the top-end models with diamonds. I would say that the average price of a Horological Smartwatch will be about $1,200 when they start to become available for sale in May or June 2015.
externe bron door : Equwatch.com