Casio Bluetooth Watch For Smart Phones

Casio Bluetooth Watch For Smart Phones

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News about this Casio watch concept has been everywhere. People seem to be more excited about what it is able to do than Casio is. This is partially evidenced by its circa 1987 G-Shock design. This however is a mere prototype - meant to show off the concept. That concept being the ability for a watch to sync via Bluetooth with a phone - and not have pathetically poor battery life in the process. Sure this Casio Bluetooth watch isn't the first timepiece that allows you to connect your phone to your watch, but all of those previous watches needed to be charged really frequently. This watch would need a battery change each two years like a normal (non solar powered) Casio quartz watch.

The secret? Something called BLE, which stands for Bluetooth Low Energy. This new profile requires much less energy to move information from two Bluetooth connected devices. Though I did also hear that this is a feature of Bluetooth profile 4.0 - something that is currently not available on any phones. So while this is impressive technology, you'll have to not only wait for this watch to come out, but also new phones to come out that utilize Bluetooth 4.0.

If the Casio Bluetooth concept is a success, don't expect just this one resin model to come out. Casio will more than likely offer a whole range of timepieces that utilize the phone connect functions. While I could be wrong, I have a feeling that the pictured model will not be released in an unmodified form. Though for reference, it is just over 44mm wide - so not as big as say a Pathfinder model.

OK, so you have a decent battery life and the ability to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. What is that going to allow you to do? Casio has actually be able to successfully demonstrate a host of uses that I think are more than gimmicky. They are also seem to suggest some light touch screen properties.

While there is more info below, and the final product is yet to be seen, there are a few promising features. First is the very basic time sync function. Know all those people who use phones for the time rather than watches? Well the accurate time from your phone can sync to this Casio watch - that also applies to the date, etc...

Because the connection is almost instant, your watch can let you know when a call is coming in, as well as who is calling you via caller ID - or contact name info set in your phone. You can also silence the ringer on your phone to stop a call by tapping the watch. Related to this is the ability to get alerts about incoming text messages or e-mails on your watch.

You should also be able to access information gathered on your phone, on your watch. GPS information, or streaming data from apps should theoretically being available on the Casio Bluetooth watch. This has all types of potential functions and benefits. These include simple tools such as weather data on your wrist, to potentially information on turn by turn GPS directions on your wrist.

As really cool feature (especially for a lot of people I know) is the "find my phone" tool. Given that your watch is in Bluetooth range of your smartphone (maybe 30 feet), you will be able to have your phone ring if you can't find it. This is good if the phone is dropped under a seat in the car, long in a bag, or caught somewhere in bed covers.

Aside from all of these phone connect features via Bluetooth, except the Casio watch to do all the things you'd expect from a Casio watch. So you'll have the time, calendar, alarms, stopwatch, etc... While we are all really excited about this new Casio Bluetooth watch, I expect a few solid months before it is finally commercially available - if not more. There will need to be at least a few phones on the market with the most up to date Bluetooth standards, and the price will need to be right. I have a feeling these Casio Bluetooth watches will be in the $200 range when they are eventually available.

Tech specs from Casio:

Watch Capabilities:

  • Incoming call and e-mail alert — see who is contacting you without having to take out your Smartphone (aka during a meeting or dinner date)
  • Phone finder - for all those times you misplace your phone and need someone else to call it in order to find it (you need this)
  • Global Time Sync — self-adjusts to local time (think of jet setting and never having to set your watch ever again, no really!)
  • Can sync with a variety of applications:
    • Sports and fitness/Outdoors — track your distance, speed, direction and altitude
    • Security: alert emergency services via call/e-mail through your watch
    • Entertainment — use your watch as a motion sensing, remote control

Overview of Casio’s Prototype Bluetooth Low Energy Watch

Main features:

Wireless communication is powered by the button-cell battery used in small devices and watches

Battery life with the communication functions is the same as previously released watches

The watch case measures a comfortable 53.4 (D) x 44.4 (W) x 12.8 (T) millimeters

Main functions:

The alert signal notifies the wearer of calls and e-mail messages arriving on the networked smartphone

Alarm and vibration functions of a smartphone can be activated using a watch button

A smartphone’s ring and vibration alerts can be stopped by tapping the watch

Accurate time information can be transmitted from a smartphone to the watch to ensure correct time

Main Specifications of the Prototype Bluetooth Low Energy Watch

Communication Specifications Data Transfer Rate 1 Mbps
Signal Strength 0 dBm (1mW)
Signal Range 2—5 m (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)
Encryption Method 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
Communication Functions Time Correction The watch can be synchronized with time information transmitted from a smartphone
Incoming Call and E-mail Alert The watch alerts users of incoming calls and e-mail messages sent to a smartphone
Finder Function Alarm and vibration functions of a smartphone can be activated using a watch button
Watch Functions Alarm 5 independent daily alarms; hourly time signal; vibration function
Stopwatch 1/100-second; measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99”; split time
Countdown Timer Measuring unit: 1 second; Input range: 1 minute to 24 hours
World Time 100 cities (35 time zones, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time
Light Electro-luminescent backlight with afterglow
Other Full auto-calendar, 12/24-hour format; sleep mode
Power Source CR2032
Approx. Battery Life
(Based on the Prototype Model)
Approx. 2 years (assuming the communication function is used for 12 hours per day)
Size of Case 53.4 × 44.4 × 12.8 mm
Total Weight Approx. 50g



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4 comments
Ivan Y
Ivan Y

I think, this is an interesting concept, but - hopefully - they'll improve the watch to display more text (I take it, the gray rectangle is the text area but it seems rather small).

Some use cases that may or may not work due to range -- not dragging cell phone everywhere in the house (since it may not be safe to keep it on you due to radiation) or wearing watch during sports activities with phone stored in a bag (e.g. while playing tennis).

witch watch
witch watch

Only thing i find that this watch has that appeals to me is the "Find Phone" feature as i constantly forget where i leave mine in the house, other than that i just don't really see the point of it.

Sean
Sean

When I first read about this I thought the concept sounded fantastic. However upon seeing the watch itself, feel Casio have missed the mark. It's an odd mix between 80's retro and sleek 2000's minimalist... neither of which really work.

Jéjé
Jéjé

Nice!

Really cool features. I like the find my phone :)

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  1. [...] your phone's time, and help you manage incoming alerts as well as work with your phone's alarms.When Casio first introduced its plans to release a Bluetooth connected watch I wrote about it here w… Not too much has changed in terms of function, but now we know exactly what the watch will look [...]

  2. [...] When Casio first introduced its plans to release a Bluetooth connected watch I wrote about it here w… Not too much has changed in terms of function, but now we know exactly what the watch will look like and the precise features that it has. Style wise this is a pretty standard G-Shock.  Glossy black with blue trim, being 53.2mm which and 18.2mm thick – not one of Casio’s smaller pieces. Though at 65 grams it won’t be heavy. The dial and layout of the info hasn’t changed since the concept version of the watch. [...]