Questions Answered About The inPulse Watch For BlackBerry's

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by in BlackBerry

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The inPulse Handsfree BlackBerry Watch was announced recently and is available for pre-order right now.  The actual units will not ship until February 2010, and will run you a smooth $149.99.  You can sign up for the pre-order at www.getinpulse.com.  You will not be charged (no payment info is given for pre-order) for the watch until it gets closer to shipping, but this way at least your name is on the list.

The main features of the watch include the following:

-1.3″ full colour 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

Allerta is the company behind the BlackBerry watch, which had been rumored, to be in the works over the last year or so.  I wanted to get some clarification in regards to the features and future plans for the watch.  I had the pleasure of asking Eric Migicovsky, the CEO of Allerta, a few questions about the watch.   Read on after the jump for a rundown and some pictures.

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As you can see in the picture above there is only one button on the body of the watch, all controls and navigation of the interface on the watch is done through this single button.  Mr. Migicovsky fills in the details by stating, “We’ve developed a proprietary one-button interface that allows the user to easily view recently received messages and quickly interact with the watch. It’s great, because it means you don’t have to be constantly fiddling with tiny buttons on your watch.” Simple enough if you ask me.

I asked my followers on Twitter to submit questions regarding the watch, and by far the top question was whether or not the inPulse watch was going to have voice capabilities.  I posed this same question to Migicovsky and to the disappointment of many his response was, no voice functionality built into this model. It will show caller ID info, but that’s it.” I won’t speculate on future models or variations of the watch and neither would Migicovsky, and rightfully so.  I did attempt to ask him about a more feminine looking watch, making the API’s of the watch/BlackBerry application to 3rd party developers, future native messaging integration (BlackBerry Messenger), and finally any future accessories currently being developed by Allerta.  I received the same answer for each of those questions, Can’t comment officially at this time.” Maybe I should ask for an unofficial comment?  ;-)

According to the website for the watch firmware updates are done OTA, my curiosity was struck by this due to the fact the watch has no “outside” communication built into it, as it uses Bluetooth to communicate with the BlackBerry.  After inquiring more about this feature I learned that the firmware is transmitted from the BlackBerry to the watch. This is great news to know that the watch can be improved, functionality added, and issues/bugs resolved via firmware updates that will have a straightforward process to complete.

The goal of the inPulse watch is to change how we use our BlackBerry’s on a daily basis.  Taking an existing device that increases our productivity and simplifies the process. Migicovsky expanded on this concept when I asked him what he was most excited about with the watch, “I think my favorite feature is the ability to access all kinds of (BlackBerry) related info completely handsfree. I’ve been wearing the watch…and it completely changes how you use your (BlackBerry). You become much more efficient at answering important emails, and maintaining focus on the task at hand (ha) without having to pull out your BB at all times.” Pressing him for the biggest obstacles in the development of the inPulse watch he stated that “battery life and miniaturization” were the biggest hurdles.

Overall I think this watch is going to be a big hit with the BlackBerry faithful.  I, for one, have pre-ordered the watch and plan on using it daily once it is released.  If Allerta does indeed open up the watch/application to 3rd parties the possibilities are then only limited by the hardware in the watch, and even that can be changed with future models.  At launch the inPulse watch will only be available via the website, but Allerta is in talks with various retailers to get it in stores.  Again you can pre-order the watch at www.getinpulse.com.  You can follow the Twitter Allerta account has sent up for the  inPulse watch @getinPulse.

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