Monday, October 26, 2009

inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry Smartphones

Its a watch and may be one of the coolest BlackBerry accessories around. Its not a BlackBerry on your wrist, rather its a watch which connects to your BlackBerry via Bluetooth to alert you to emails, SMS messages, and calls. This watch isn't made by RIM (the makers of BlackBerry) and its not designed to operate like a phone, but it is handy for when you're walking down the street and don't hear or can't reach your phone, you can get an update right to your wrist.

When you get an incoming phone call, the watch lets you know who's calling. So you can decide if you want to answer without even picking up your phone. It also has a vibrate option on the watch so even if you're busy or can't hear your phone, you won't miss your call.

If you're waiting for an email or SMS message, your BlackBerry will automatically push the messages to your inPulse watch, so even if you're in a meeting you won't have to keep picking up your phone to check to see if you've received what you're waiting for.

Some specs:
* 1.3" full color organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) display
* Bluetooth® v2.0+EDR
* 150 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
* Glass lens and full metal body
* 22mm interchangeable wrist band
* Vibrating motor
* Micro-USB port (for charging)
* Over-the-air firmware updates
* Dimensions: 51mm height x 38mm width x 12mm depth

According to the inPulse website here are a few more need-to-know facts about the inPulse:

*inPulse has a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery inside. Under normal use, i.e. paired with a BlackBerry, receiving and displaying 20-30 updates per day, the battery should last approximately 4 days. Since inPulse is highly configurable, the battery life will vary from user to user

*inPulse charges via a built-in micro-USB jack. If you have a fairly new BlackBerry smartphone (such as a BlackBerry Storm, Tour, 8520, 8900 or Bold 9700) then inPulse can be charged using the same charger as your BlackBerry. A micro-USB cable is also included. Charging is also very quick and usually takes less than 30 minutes.

While you cannot actually send messages or make calls with the device, it still seems like a fairly handy device to have. It will be available February 2010 and will retail for $149, you can pre-order at the inPulse site. It works with every BlackBerry with the OS 4.3 and above. It may not be a necessary gadget, but it is pretty cool for those on the go.

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