CES 2013: COOKOO Watch Brings 'Bluetooth Smart' Connectivity to iOS Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the technologies that we've been looking forward to becoming more prevalent in iOS accessories is the incorporation of low-power Bluetooth 4.0, now known as Bluetooth Smart. The technology allows for low-power long term connectivity between your iOS devices and your accessories. Kickstarter-backed e-paper Pebble watch was one example that generated an enormous amount of interest with over $10 million in pre-sales.

    ConnecteDevice today announced the worldwide launch of their COOKOO watch which also begin life as life as a KickStarter project.

    The company describes the watch as a designer watch that combines analog movement with a connected digital display. By using a freely available app, users can pick and choose which notifications that appear on their watch.

    The watch can display notifications for:

    - Incoming Calls
    - Missed Calls
    - Facebook Messages and Posts
    - Calendar Reminders
    - When a Smart Device (iPhone, iPad, etc..) is out of range
    - When a Smart Device (iPhone, iPad, etc..) is low on Battery

    It also has a customizable command button which can find your phone, snap a photo, check-in to Facebook or tag your location on a map.

    The watch uses a standard button-cell battery that will last up to one year. It is scratch resistant and water resistant. COOKOO supports the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad mini, iPad (4th & 3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation). The watch is priced at $129 in 5 different colors.

    ConnecteDevice says the watch is shipping now and they will be showing it at CES 2013. Based on comments by early Kickstarter backers, it seems there are some dropped-connectivity complaints with the first version of the software that the company says they are addressing in an upcoming update.

    Article Link: CES 2013: COOKOO Watch Brings 'Bluetooth Smart' Connectivity to iOS Devices
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Am I the only one who doesn't understand why these watches are such a big deal?
  3. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    So you don't have to take your phone out of your pocket, I assume.
  4. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    because that's so hard to do. :rolleyes:
  5. thecurryman macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2012
    Its a smart, cool, and new innovative idea to be more connected to our phones...to bad at $127 it prices itself out of many consumers wallets....
  6. emwgradstudent macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2011
  7. ImperialX macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Does that mean Project Glass will be the smart watch killer?
  8. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    I can see the alert if your device is no longer in range useful if someone try's to steal you phone or iPad.
  9. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    But if I'm getting a call or message, my phone is either ringing, or vibrating. If I receive a FaceBook message, my phone receives a push notification and dings. And all my devices are already synced to my calendars, so I get notifications through the computer, iPhone and iPad already.

    I'm not opposed to it, I just don't understand why I'd want to buy one of these.
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Seems like many of the functions involve the iPhone being away from you or not on your person.

    I have the iPhone with me all waking hours.
  11. mrgraff macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
    It also seems like the watch can only provide one type of notification at a time :confused:
  12. Aidan5806 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2012
    Love the functionality, but i do thin the face that it doesn't really have an LCD means all it can do is tell if something happens, like getting a message, but on a device like the pebble you can read the message and who its from. Plus this just looks huge and unwieldy.
  13. Redbeard25 macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2003
    This will die a very quick death... on the name alone.
  14. phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    Away from you, but not far enough that you're out of range. Not 100% sure of the range of Bluetooth 4.0, but I suspect you need to be essentially in the same room as your phone for this to work. At least for me, this handicap seems to defeat most of the purposes of this watch.
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    These so-called smart watches have no appeal to me. They seem like a solution looking for a problem.
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    It would be kinda cool... For a few days. But really, it’s a very quick process to pull your phone out of your pocket and check the notification.
  17. NedBookPro macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Good idea, but the watch is so chunky. Way too chunky.

    The woman in the first segment of the video looks like she's wearing a lump of brick on her wrist.

    I'd love to see a nice looking watch with this functionality.

  18. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
  19. MrDc2, Jan 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013

    MrDc2 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2013
    $127 is not a lot of money for a watch that connects to your smart phone via Bluetooth. Also, another cool feature not shown on the MacRumors article:

    Can’t remember where you left your phone?
    One simple press of a button on the COOKOO watch will sound an alert on your phone so you can find it quickly.

    Personally I will pass this up. But it's definitely a cool product IMHO. Though the product's materials NEED to be changed.

    • Watch Material : Plastic casing, mineral glass and a soft silicon band
  20. Wiesenlooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
  21. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    I wish Apple would have allowed such functionality on the old Nano.
  22. mkjellman macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2003
    that video is enough for me to not want this product. who signed off on that music?!
  23. needfx, Jan 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013

    needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    horrible design, horrible video (also available in 3d...), weird decision to host this on the very front page instead of the iOS blog.

    also, did anyone notice all the rings on the grandpa-gangsta's fingers? 01:17
  24. Westside guy, Jan 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013

    Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I stopped wearing a watch not long after I got my first cellular phone. I agree the technology is cool, and there may be some great applications of it moving forward - but, like others have said, I don't see the point of this particular device.
  25. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    The low price of $127 is about the only thing this watch has going for it. I'd gladly pay twice that for a watch that has the same functions but doesn't look so cheap and goofy.

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