Along the lines of preserving battery life, Secret Labs has actually tucked two processors into the watch. There’s a speedier one that handles the heavy lifting, and then there’s a smaller, more power-efficient one that takes over when the watch goes into sleep mode – keeping things like time and notifications available, while allowing the bigger processor to take a break from sipping electrons. I’ve mentioned these various power-saving techniques, and even with those, you’ll still need to charge this watch now-and-again.
That’s where another great bit of innovation has come in – wireless inductive charging. Rather than trying to shoehorn some sort of USB connector into the watch (which compromises design and water resistance), Secret Labs has opted to utilize the Qi wireless charging standard. This means you can set your watch down on a charging puck from a variety of different vendors to top it off. Once fully charged, the Agent should last for about a week (with bluetooth enabled), or up to a month in watchface-only mode.
While there are other smart watches already out (and the rumors of one from Apple always present), the Agent looks to be overcoming some of the shortcomings previous models have had (design, apps) while bringing us a better screen and vastly improved battery life. While people were able to pick up one of these watches in the Kickstarter campaign (fully funded, by the way) for around $150, post-Kickstarter models are expected to retail for $250. To me, that seems like a deal, especially if you’re carrying around a compatible phone. This is a model we’ll be following with interest, to see how it behaves once out in the wild. For more information on other tech packed into the watch (sensors, bluetooth, etc), head over to their main site for details – and place a pre-order starting July 1st. agentwatches.com