Hyetis reveals the Crossbow smartwatch
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Remember back when a 41 MP camera in a smartphone was impressive? It may only have been a month since Nokia brought us the Lumia 1020 and its ultra high resolution camera, but Hyetis have clearly already outdone them.
The Swiss company's upcoming Crossbow smartwatch incorporates an incredible 41 MP camera complete with Zeiss lens, optical zoom (exact specs not yet available), and an integrated ring flash. The watch can also shoot video, has a noise reducing mic, and a whole list of sensors including GPS, temperature, altitude, depth (leading us to believe the watch is reasonably waterproof), and unspecified biometrics.
The more typical smartwatch features and internals haven't been revealed yet, but we do know the device will be compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8. It will also offer Bluetooth, wifi, and NFC connectivity.
Unlike many electronics, the Crossbow is built to last. Its touchscreen is protected by sapphire crystal and its case made of grade 5 titanium and ceramics. As an added benefit, the smartwatch can still keep time even when the battery is depleted so there's no reason not to go crazy with that incredible camera. The watch portion of the smartwatch features actual physical hands and winds itself by using the wearers wrist movements, while the camera and “smart” interface are powered by an internal battery that supports wireless charging.
All these features and high end materials come at a price though. The device is currently listed at US$1200 with pre-orders scheduled to start soon. Only 500 limited edition devices will be sold, though Hyetis plans to offer a customizable version and upgrade kits in the future.
Apple, Microsoft, and other companies that are currently working on smartwatches should be grateful that Hyetis has set such a high price and small product run for its device.