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Kairos T-band turns analog watches into smartwatches

Kairos T-band turns regular watches into smartwatches
Kairos T-band
This smart strap can turn an old mechanical watch into a smartwatch and promises to offer up to 10 days of battery life on a single charge when it ships in mid-2015.

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Kairos Watches launched their now popular smartwatch after a successful crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. Now they are trying to raise funds for a smart band that can turn a regular watch into a smartwatch. With 24 days left until completion, this campaign managed to raise 58 percent of the $50,000 USD goal already.

Kairos Watches plans to launch three different T-band wearables, as listed below:

  • T-band ND: no display, uses a LED light and vibrations for notifications; battery life about a week
  • T-band HD: hidden display, uses a LED panel and only displays English alphanumeric characters; the display is covered with a thin membrane and only visible when lit up; battery life up to three days
  • T-band OD: uses a full color curved PMOLED touchscreen and the ARM Cortex M4 SoC; battery life not revealed yet

The Kairos T-band uses a proprietary mobile operating system for now and connects to smartphones via Bluetooth. The suggested retail prices start at $199 USD for the ND, $249 USD for the HD, and $299 USD for the OD. Kairos also sells watches and bundles that include a watch and a T-band and the price of such a combo can climb to over $1,100 USD. For details and early-bird prices, please check the Indiegogo campaign page.

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2014 12 > Kairos T-band turns analog watches into smartwatches
Codrut Nistor, 2014-12- 8 (Update: 2014-12- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.