Moment: Wearable with haptic feedback, without screen
What sense could a smartwatch without a screen make? That might be the first question when you come across the wearable "Moment" by american start-up Somatic Labs. Well, it's quite easy: With "Moment", the company aims to "let you feel the digital world", as it states on its website.
Built into the chassis are four "resonant actuators", vibrating devices that can fulfill different tasks: They can be used as a metronome while dancing or singing. They can be programmed to vibrate in an individual way when a certain person calls. They can also show you which way to go or you can set a timer. You can even create your own usage-scenarios via IFTTT.
Due to the lack of a screen, the battery is supposed to keep the device running for up to two weeks and can be recharged within two hours. The only way to get visual feedback is a multi-color LED. There is a 22mm wrist band which can be easily exchanged, a silicone band comes with the Moment. The wearable is water-proof and it will seamlessly connect to your Android- oder iOS device. There will also be a companion app for both systems.
Supposedly, your brain will learn to understand the feedback of the wearable better, the longer you use it. Thanks to the scientific background of the inventors, everyone should be able to understand what the Moment wants to tell you from the start. The vibrations are supposed to feel like they are running across you skin. That sounds interesting.
At the moment, you can only pre-register to get Moment for an early-bird price of 129$, but there is still no final date for the wearable to hit the market.