These days, hybrid seems the word that suggests a move away from any device adopting full smartwatch status. With major mobile device players shy to release hardware, it’s interesting to note that fashion houses such as Michael Kors and recently Emporio Armani are throwing their hats into the ring. In particular, the Emporio Armani hybrid smartwatch is the Italian fashion houses’ maiden venture into wearable tech.
While this could be Armani merely jumping upon Fossil’s bandwagon in the latter’s push towards delivering more hybrid smartwatches, the design and style is essentially Emporio Armani.The Emporio Armani Hybrid Smartwatch is analog in appearance but comes equipped with Bluetooth Smart for syncing with connected mobile devices. Depending on the model, the make is either full stainless steel or with leather straps.
The dress watch offers pseudo smart watch functions such as discreet notifications for incoming calls, all day activity tracking, and functioning as remote to control music playback or take pictures on connected devices.The tracked stats are then synced for viewing on the Emporio Armani Connected mobile app which is available on both App Store and Google Play Store.
Interestingly, the provision of a second time zone and automatic conversion of time zone and date suggests that the Emporio Armani Hybrid Smartwatch is targeted at frequent travelers.
Emporio Armani hybrid smartwatch features
- All day activity tracking. Records steps, distance, calories and sleep
- Vibration enabled for smart notifications and alarms
- No charging required. Watch runs up to 6 months on a single coin cell battery
- Control your music playback and camera on connected mobile device
- Second time zone
- Find my phone
- Water resistant to 3 ATM, not recommended for swimming
Unlike full fledged smart watches, the display isn’t changeable nor will the user see messages come on. In a nutshell, it’s a good looking watch that does more than what a regular watch will do.
The Emporio Armani Hybrid Smartwatch is currently available for sale at Emporio Armani Connected and range from $245 to $395 depending on make.
Source: Emporio Armani