Familiar with Pebble Watch? It’s Kickstarter’s most successful ever project, having received over $10 million from its backers. Pebble is a smart watch that talks to your iOS or Android device, letting you access functions from your wrist. The only problem is that it’s now oversubscribed, meaning getting hold of one is going to be a lengthy process. Fret not: MetaWatch, a worthy competitor, has just extended its reach to include iPhone support.
MetaWatch is a smart assistant for your phone. It’s got a 96×96 pixel LCD display that connects to your phone via Bluetooth 4.0, and brings access to a whole raft of features, including the ability to see messages, emails and missed calls.
While it’s arguably not as swish as the e-ink Pebble Watch, it does do all the same jobs and – crucially – it’s available now on any iOS device running on iOS 5, alongside any Android machine running on Android 2.3 and up for $199 (£126).
Time for the caveats: The MetaWatch is currently being sold under the monicker of ‘wearable development systems (WDS)’, which means it’s currently being pitched more to developers (who can use the SDK to build apps and processes) than to the general public.
That said, there’s nothing to stop you from buying one and loading it up with any apps and processes that filter onto the MetaWatch forums. Is it enough to replace your desire for the Pebble Watch?