updated 12:20 pm EDT, Fri April 3, 2009
Neutrano Nutec WristFones
Canadian company Neutrano at the CTIA show in Las Vegas this week announced the upcoming release of its Nutec WristFone. The touchscreen device combines the functionality of a phone, camera music player and wrist watch, says company president Gary Rotman. Rotman adds the biggest challenge the company faced was making it less awkward to talk into a device while it's worn on the wrist, but overcame it by developing the first detachable cell phone watch; users can remove the display face to take a call. Bluetooth support also makes it possible to pair the device with a compatible headset for communications.
Neutrano is showing off two versions of the gadget in private sessions at the show, one in leather and plastic as well as a stainless steel version. For the most part, the feature set is the same, and includes a color LCD touchscreen display, a built-in speaker and microphone and GSM network compatibility via a slot for a SIM card under the battery. Text and multimedia messaging is likewise supported.
A 2-megapixel camera is built-in, as is an FM radio tuner and multimedia player functionality. Onboard storage is set at 512MB, and a 1GB microSD card is included to slot into the bay. The lithium-ion battery is rated to provide up to four hours of talk time on a full charge. Mini scheduling and productivity applications are built-in and nine languages are supported.
The Nutec WristFone is expected to launch on June 15th, priced at about $399.