By Stephen Schenck | August 2, 2011 11:25 PM
A couple months ago, we heard about a gadget that was a few steps removed from a smartphone, but very interesting nonetheless: an Android-powered smartwatch. The i’mWatch would run tiny applications on its 1.54-inch screen, connecting with your phone over Bluetooth. The i’mWatch looks like it has some new competition now, as WIMM Labs has revealed its WIMM Wearable Platform.
The WIMM device itself is a bit more blocky-looking than the renders we’ve seen of the i’mWatch, and is based on a modular design that allows you to swap out a wristband for a carabiner or clip (similar to Sony Ericsson’s LiveView).
Hardware consists of a 667MHz processor, a one-inch-square touchscreen with a 160 x 160 resolution, your standard assortment of sensors, and support for up to 32GB of microSD storage. The transflective display powers-down its backlight to save power when not needed. An Android app will be available to sync your phone with the WIMM and configure its custom apps, but you can make do without a separate smartphone, in a pinch.
WIMM modules will be available for developers in the next few months, so they can get started on writing apps. The hardware is open to licensing, so we could see WIMM-compatible embedded systems show up elsewhere. There’s no word yet on a WIMM retail launch, or what the smartwatch might cost.