Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer Watch Releases

Debuted today at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 trade show, Victorinox Swiss Army officially gets into the smartwatch game with a clever "smart accessory" that clips on to a traditional timepiece. Produced in collaboration with hardware maker Acer, the I.N.O.X. (INOX) Cybertool is a connected device that clips on top of the case of any Victorinox Swiss Army INOX wrist watch. This allows the wearer of any INOX watch to have a smart watch when they want and a more traditional sport watch when they don't.

The Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool is just one of a host of interesting tactics traditional watch makers have used in order to not only connect themselves with the still fresh smart wearables market, but also to offer consumers more ways of incorporating connected wearable technology into their lives.

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer Watch Releases

Victorinox Swiss Army's INOX Cybertool concept reminds me of a similar device produced by higher-end watch maker Linde Werdelin several years ago, but the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool arguably makes a lot more sense for today's market. With the Land Instrument (later re-named "The Rock"), which is reviewed here, Linde Werdelin allows for a computer to be clipped on top of a mechanical wrist watch.

Victorinox Swiss Army and Acer take a slightly different approach by having a doughnut-style wearable "ring" accessory which clips onto the watch allowing for the user to still see the original watch dial. Rather than looking like an Alien "facehugger," the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool simply adds a thicker bezel to the watch rather than replacing the entire viewing experience. This hasn't been done yet until now, and I think the approach will make sense for a lot of users. The Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool is among a host of accessories, straps, and other options Victorinox Swiss Army has design for this popular watch collection.

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer Watch Releases

aBlogtoWatch originally reviewed the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX watch here. Last year Victorinox Swiss Army came out with additional versions of the INOX including a steel bracelet and Naimakka-branded parachord strap. For those who aren't familiar with the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX watch collection, it one of the brand's more premium Swiss quartz movement-based collections made notable by the brand's intense promises of durability and longevity. Victorinox Swiss Army even developed a host of durability tests that the INOX collection of watches was designed to survive.

It isn't clear whether or not the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool will be sold together with INOX watches, but it should be available as a separate purchase. Those more familiar with the Victorinox Swiss Army brand will know that the company has used the "Cybertool" name in the past to describe a range of their pocket knives which offered screwdriver sets and are stylized by the use of semi-transparent versus opaque red plastic bodies. It is probably going to be a bit confusing to some customers because of the repeated use of the Cybertool name, and that hopefully isn't too big of a deal for Victorinox Swiss Army.

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer Watch Releases

The Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybrertool itself has a rear and front segment which together encase the steel INOX watch case. Weighing just 24 grams, the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool is made from high density TPU (thermo-plastic Polyurethane) in either black or blue colors. Over the crescent-shaped screen is Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 material. The screen itself takes up relatively little room on the Cybertool, but there are a few additional indicator lights to the right of the screen which are used for call, message, and calendar notifications. In terms of size the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool case is 52mm wide, by 21.9mm thick, and 53.1mm tall. This isn't exactly small and will add appreciable width and height to the size of the standard INOX watch.

Functionally, Acer and Victorinox Swiss Army have developed the INOX Cybertool as a more sporty/outdoors device although its IPX7 water resistance rating - similar to the Apple Watch - means it is splash-proof and can likely handle being briefly submerged in less than one meter of water. In addition to basic connected smart wearable functions such as call and message notifications, the monochromatic ring display offers multiple time zone displays, chronograph and stopwatch functionality, and connections to various activity monitors. The device itself comes with a built-in accelerometer for features such as step and calorie counting, while the device also makes use of your smartphone's GPS receiver.

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer Watch Releases

Using traditional pushers rather than a touchscreen (probably a good idea), one of the unique uses of GPS in the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool is a "Help" feature which is activated when two pushers are pressed at the same time. This then sends your GPS coordinates to a pre-specificed contact. It sounds like a useful emergency feature, but it also sounds like it also requires you to be in mobile service range, so it isn't going to be a proper emergency tool for use in remote situations. Think of it as a quick "come help me" tool. Probably more useful for urban or wilderness adventures is a "find my phone" feature that activates your phone's ringtone even if it is in silent mode, as well as an LED backlight that is designed to shine some light on the watch dial to help you read the time in the dark.

With a 60mAh-rated battery, Victorinox Swiss Army promises about a week of battery life. This sounds decent, and what I like is that if the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool battery dies, you can just take it off and still use the watch as normal rather than wear a dead device on your wrist.

The Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool of course comes with its own corresponding smartphone app, which will be available for both iPhone and Android phone platforms. Victorinox Swiss Army is really focused on offering what it feels are the most important "smart" functions in a device that doesn't leave your traditional watch useless, while at the same time offering the consumer a choice of when they do and don't want the additional smartwatch-style functions. We are experiencing a unique time in a still new industry where consumer use preferences are fluid and still being determined by companies trying to crack the "smartwatch nut."

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool Smart Watch Attachment By Acer Watch Releases

Moreover, we are seeing another instance of a traditional watch maker working with a well-established technology company - which each trying to bring their best game to the table. We recently saw this late in 2015, as the TAG Heuer Connected (debuted here) has the traditional Swiss watchmaker combine forces with Google and Intel. One year ago, we saw Frederique Constant working with MotionX on the MMT "traditional-looking" smartwatch platform here.

The brand has yet to specify pricing and availability for the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Cybertool, but we are due to know more information within the month. Pricing is however expected to be in the $150 - $225 range, which doesn't include the INOX watches that have an average retail price of $525 - $650. Look for a hands-on article on the INOX watch and connected Cybertool accessory after Baselworld 2016. victorinoxwatches.com

I.N.O.X CYBERTOOL SPECIFICATIONS from Victorinox Swiss Army:
- DISPLAY: Round LED Display
- FEATURES: Incoming Call Notification, Mail & Message Notification, Event Reminder, Time Zone, Pedometer, Active Minutes, Calories Burned, Goal Setting, Countdown, Stopwatch,
Find My Phone, Help, Assistant Light
(Some features are accessible from the companion smartphone app)
- WATER RESISTANCE: IPX7
- SENSOR: Accelerometer
- BATTERY: 60mAh Li-polymer, Non-Replaceable Battery, 5-7 days battery life, subject to usage
- WEIGHT: 24g
- DIMENSION / MATERIAL: 53.1 x 52 x 21.9 mm, Screen - Gorilla Glass 3, Body - TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane)
- COMPATIBILITY: Android 4.4.2+, iOS 8.0+

  • Display sure looks limited. But it would be fun to test drive one on my ABTW INOX watch.

    • iamcalledryan

      I love my ABTW INOX watch!

      But I prefer it naked (the watch…). I haven’t even used the guard that it came with and find this thing to be unwieldy and just as useless as other “smart” offerings. I can live without chrono and world time, not least because there are watches out there that do it. As for activity tracking and “who is calling me?” notifications – huge yawn….!

      • have you seen the burgundy red guard? It is actually really nice and hugs the whole case

        • iamcalledryan

          Yes, unfortunately I got black…

      • Notice I said, I’d be willing try it out (not buy it, ha ha). I too don’t use the bumper on my ABTW INOX.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      Meh. Not impressed.
      I think we are seeing the “Throw everything out there and see what sticks to the wall” approach in “smart watch” technology…aka the “cooking spaghetti” marketing R/D.
      I like the INOX watch, but I do not like the rubber strap nor the “bumper” thing.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Why do you need the time twice ?

    • Adam Young

      Maybe you could set it to a different time zone? Like how in the picture it’s set to a time zone 3 minutes ahead of the watch itself… wait what?! How did someone not pick up on that?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        oh yeah, so it is.

  • SuperStrapper

    I’m a fan of my aBtW INOX watch, but it is big and top heavy all on its own. 53mm tall is downright comical: this accoutrement is not designed for durability, so how can it be practical in any way? You’d be knocking over old ladies and tearing car doors off everywhere you went, all in the name of knowing that the phone in your pocket has a text message for you from the wife. Get eggs on the way home.

  • ” It is probably going to be a bit confusing to some customers because of
    the repeated use of the Cybertool name, and that hopefully isn’t too
    big of a deal for Victorinox Swiss Army.”

    Probably not, seeing how no one is going to buy this. The INOX is a hell of a tool watch, and it’s hard not to love (especially at the gray market or pre-owned price points) but this just seems silly. People who use paracord to strap on indestructible watches probably aren’t looking forward to tracking their calorie count with a ginormous plastic, snap-on hockey puck.

  • Ulysses31

    It looks like it wants to be a dive computer of some sort, but without all that functionality. Although the case design allows for it, I never really saw the INOX watch as merely a chassis for extras to clip on to. It looks odd and bulky. Can’t fault them for trying something new though.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I can

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  • CortexUK

    I like Victorinox. Have five of their watches (though little has tempted me recently). But this….

  • spiceballs

    Take it off – put it down – lose it – – – at least I would, more than likely. But then I cannot see any need for this, so no loss.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    If only the watch industry spent all the money the wasted on smart watches on actual R&D…

  • Mark Baran

    Very kewl! Now I can create the perfect accessory to match my avatar!!!!

  • hatster

    I have ‘some’ watches, then I have a Garmin for cycling and running. Conceptually, I get why you might do this as if I could slot something over my watches then I might take that as an option. But one downside is most of mine have leather straps so not ideal for a three-hour ride. Bottom line, if I have a watch on a metal bracelet and I could add something like this for exercising, I would consider it…… so have I just justified to myself the purchase of an INOX? D’OH!

  • Adam Young

    It looks really big and clunky. Though I can’t fault them too much as it HAS to be big if it’s going to go around an already large watch.
    Looks aside I like it. Simple notifications, long battery life (which doesn’t interfere with watch functions), and a reasonable price point if it’s on the lower end of that scale. I wonder if they could have done something like Montblanc do with the display on the strap so as to not make the watch bigger.

  • Mike Burdine

    I have a smart phone. I have a watch. I think I’ll keep it that way. Maybe this is the smart watch for watch guys.

  • I’m really impressed with what Victorinox is doing with the INOX, in developing a bold timepiece with the intention of creating a new flagship product and then actually giving it the backing and support it needs over a number of years to get it to that level. It’s so tiring watching the short-termist, knee-jerk reactions of many watch brands. My navy one gets a ridiculous amount of wear and now I’m pining for a paracord model too, strangely I really like this new ivory colour which I suspect is aimed at the ladies.

  • Congrats to Acer for making awesome Smart Watch at the MWC 2016 trade show. I really appreciate the features, technology and reasonable price of Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Smart Watch. Especially pedometer, Incoming calls notification, mail & message notification and Goal Setting of features. People must be Impressed with Accelerometer sensor.

    Yes, Last year Victorinox Swiss Army came out with additional versions of the INOX including a steel bracelet and Naimakka-branded parachord strap. For those who aren’t familiar with the
    Victorinox Swiss Army INOX watch collection, it is one of the brand’s more premium Swiss quartz movement-based collections made notable by the brand’s intense promises of durability and longevity. I must recommend you this watch.

  • funNactive

    Interesting idea, but a huge watch 53.1mm

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