Will.i.am Puls smartwatch launched, it doesn’t need a smartphone
Wil.i.am has finally launched the wearable technology smartwatch that he has been teasing for quite a while. During his Dreamforce 2014 keynote the Will.i.am Puls smartwatch was unveiled, reports the WSJ.
It has taken two and a half years, but the Will.i.am smartwatch is now ready for the market, and it is a device which does not depend on a separate smartphone, unlike most other smartwatches. The SIM card reader is placed near the battery along the watchband, allowing Puls to connect to a cellular network to make calls, send texts and access the Internet.
“This is not a watch,” Will.i.am emphasised during the event. “It’s a new type of communication on your wrist.”
The watch is shaped more of a cuff to keep in line with fashion to remain appealing to a wider audience, and it sports an integrated curved touch screen to operate a forked version of Android that powers the device. Other specs includes 16GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM, speakers, 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities, GPS, pedometer, accelerometer and a voice-activated digital assistant named Aneeda.
The Black Eyed Peas musician is vague on other hardware details though, mentioning that Puls will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset of some sort and capable of delivering around 5 hours of continuous active battery life, meaning that users will have to charge it at least once a day.
Users will receive Facebook, Instagram and Twitter amongst the signature apps and instead of a heartrate sensor, the smartwatch will apparently have an emotion sensor, an algorithm in the app Vibe that “collects your vibes” and shares them with other people.
Puls will be available in black, blue, pink, and white, whilst a premium gold smartband with diamonds and solid gold band will also be offered. A backpack outfitted with speakers, a jacket that can charge the smartwatch, and shoes which act as pedometer and scale will also be on sale alongside the Puls.
The pricing and launch date have yet been disclosed, but the singer confirms that it will go on sale through AT&T in the US and O2 in the UK in time for the holidays. You can checkout the interview below with Will.i.am himself to find out more about the device.