One of the big complaints with many existing smartwatches concerns just how limited they are. While manufacturers often mean well, when we’re used to the flexibility a full-fledged smartphone offers, anything else feels like a compromise. That’s why we’ve been so fascinated with smartwatches that attempt to run Android like the Neptune Pine or WIMM’s watch, bringing users those full selections of apps. The latest to try heading down that path is the A.I Watch, currently undergoing fundraising at Indiegogo.
So, what makes A.I Watch different? It’s going to run a 1.2GHz dual-core SoC, have at least 512MB of RAM (1GB if funding goes high enough), and feature a 3G radio for remote data access, all while offering a standby battery life of up to 100 hours.
Like that RAM bonus, other specs could improve with the right fundraising targets hit – a larger 600mAh battery, NFC connectivity, and running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of the planned 4.0.4 ICS are all on the table.
Similar to the Galaxy Gear, the A.I Watch manages to keep things small (measuring 42.0 x 47.5 x 12.5mm) by offloading some components to the strap – in this case, that’s where the speaker, microphone, and SIM reader are held.
It sounds wildly ambitious, and that correspondingly has us more than a little concerned it might struggle to deliver. If you’ve got the faith, funding options for the watch start at about $180 for an early birds’ model, though there’s still a long way to go before the A.I Watch will hit its $100,000 goal.
Of course, it might be worth funding just to see how crazy Windows Phone fans go when seeing to the extent A.I Watch threatens to copy the platform’s UI:
Update: Could this be some mean-spirited hoax? There’s an existing smartwatch, the Vapirius AX2, that sure looks exactly like this design: