How far can a smartwatch go in terms of capability? Nobody knows for certain. But the creators of the Neptune Suite smartwatch sure would like to find out.
The Neptune Suite launched through Indiegogo very recently, and it is clear that this smartwatch is a bit more ambitious compared to other smartwatches out there.
The Neptune Suite actually began as the Neptune Duo project, which was first introduced last month. Basically, the Neptune Duo consisted of an Android smartwatch and smartphone. The Neptune Suite is an expansion of that original concept. Its objective is to stream and sync with a smartphone-like pocket screen, a tablet-size gadget that comes with a keyboard to become a sort of laptop hybrid, and even to a television set by means of a dongle. In other words, the Neptune Suite aims to become a smartwatch that seamlessly streams and syncs with just about everything in your home.
According to the founder of Neptune, Simon Tian, the Neptune watch (officially called the Neptune Hub) has enough battery power for a couple of days use. Tian also noted that each peripheral device, i.e. the 5 inch pocket screen and the 10 inch tab screen, possesses extra battery power (2,800 mAh for the pocket screen; 7,000 mAh for the tablet screen) to charge the watch up, as well as full multi-finger touch capability and cameras.
But how is wireless streaming to the peripheral devices accomplished? The Neptune team makes use of a high-speed wireless protocol called WiGig (802.11ad) that is capable of wireless speeds of almost 7 gbps (via a 60 GigaHertz band), and work over a more limited range than Wi-Fi (802.11ac). Tian claims that the 3 millisecond lag for WiGig is so negligible that mirroring to a smartphone, tablet, or TV-size screen could be done almost simultaneously.
For good measure, the Neptune Hub watch runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. Essentially, it is its own phone, and is equipped with 3G/LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC capabilities, and even has a quad-core chip.
Priced at $599 (early bird offering price at Indiegogo), the Neptune Suite already includes the Neptune Hub watch, pocket screen, tab screen, a keyboard (plus touchpad), a TV dongle, and a headset. All of this will come with a retail price of $899 when the Neptune Suite hits stores. But when will that be exactly? Tian expects it to be available by the end of this year, or perhaps by early next year.
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