iMCO CoWatch can now bring Amazon’s Alexa to anyone’s wrist starting at $280
Amazon has been building the world’s most popular e-book readers for nearly a decade now, beloved low-cost Fire tablets since 2011, also dabbling in smartphone manufacturing at one point, and achieving unexpected mainstream success with Echo and Tap intelligent speakers.
What the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is yet to try its hand at are smartwatches or any other type of wearable devices, though that doesn’t mean you can’t talk to Alexa on your wrist. Remember the Indiegogo-funded CoWatch?
Well, the Google and Android veterans behind it only needed $288K in pledges and five months to bring the voice-commanded timepiece to Amazon.com, where everyone can now purchase a silver model at $279, or a black flavor in exchange for $299.
That’s quite the premium over the early bird special price of $160, then $180 from back April, but you arguably still get your money’s worth. The fashionable, circular wristwatch supports both Android handhelds and iPhones, packs a dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, and a battery purportedly capable of lasting up to 32 hours between charges in Always-ON Mode.
The full-circle Super AMOLED touchscreen touts 400 x 400 pixels resolution, the water-resistant body is made of stainless steel and zirconia ceramic, while a proprietary OS called Cronologics offers a “complete arsenal of apps right out-of-the-box.”
The iMCO CoWatch tracks “all your activity”, monitors heart rate, and above all, accesses Alexa’s smarts with a single tap, allowing you to hear the news, get weather updates, check the traffic, order pizza, control your smart home, check your calendar, and “more” via your voice and wrist.