Klatz smartwatch transforms into a mobile handset

A Ukrainian startup is seeking $140K for a new device called the .klatz. It is a wearable that sets itself apart from others in the market as it combines both a smartwatch and a handset in once device.

.klatz Handset

.klatz Handset

The .klatz is unlike will.i.am’s Puls and the Samsung Gear S which allows the smartwatch to work without a separate phone, the aluminium bracelet actually acts as a Bluetooth handset for your existing handset, and transform into a device you can use to answer calls with when you unclasp the cuff and hold it to your ear.

The wearable comes in four sizes, necessary because it has not got a flexible strap but is shaped more like a bracelet, and comes in black or red, with 384 LED lights forming the 12×32 display. It will still require a separate paired smartphone to work, and is compatible with iOS and Android devices which have the Bluetooth 2.1 (or newer) standard. Support for Windows Phone is also in the works, whilst Bluetooth LE is also usable depending on the operating mode.

.klatz Handset

.klatz Handset

When paired with a smartphone, the cuff will allow the user to accept or reject calls, view text notifications, and control music playback. The internal parts are designed using hypo-allergenic soft-touch material for extra comfort for the wearer whilst making sure it is safe for your skin.

The inventors behind .klatz are also boasting that the device has houses the biggest battery (600-1200mAh) among smartwatches and smartbands currently in the market and can operate for up to 10 days in normal mode from one charge. You can see a comparison graph made by the startup, putting all figures in perspective below.

Battery Comparison

Battery Comparison

The device’s Indiegogo project is not accelerating as well as some of the amazing crowdfunding campaigns we’ve seen before, raising only $11,405 of its $140,000 funding goal in order to bring the device to market by March 2015. This is perhaps due to its awkwardly shaped exterior, the fact that it’s a stiff cuff, or that it is not waterproof but only dust and splash-proof. But at the very least, its ability to actually take calls on the watch does seem to be an interesting and novel twist on the smartwatch concept that has yet been touched on by anyone else before.

There is still 27 days left for the company to raise funds for .klatz and early backers of the campaign could knock $50 off its $149 retail price. Of course, just like any other projects, there is no guarantee that it will be fully funded or that the developers will be able to deliver on their pledge even if it does.

Kai-Li Yang

Kai-Li is a tech enthusiast with an in-depth knowledge of mobile technology, music technology and the entertainment industry. She hails from Taiwan and helps Tech Assimilate to erm... assimilate, all the latest tech news and trends from East Asia. Kai-Li Yang on Google+

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