updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue August 2, 2011
WIMM Wearable Platform makes its debut
WIMM Labs hoped to spark attention with a relatively new concept for very small Android devices. Wearable Platform One centers around "micro apps" on a 1.4-inch, capacitive touchscreen and a 667MHz Samsung processor that lets it handle the tasks that would normally be handled by a stripped-down OS with more capability: it can work as a watch but can also check weather, track exercise, and pair up with Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone devices over both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Android lets it not only readily take third-party apps but have its own Micro App Store as well as support for others.
The platform makes up for the small size by using a multi-touch interface with a carousel for switching apps. Somewhat similar to webOS, apps can be flicked away, though they can also be flicked in from the carousel. They can even be remotely administrated, either through a browser or through a mobile app, even if on a non-Android platform.
One developer kits based around a watch design include both the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as GPS for positioning, an accelerometer to track movement or motion-based commands, and a compass. The frame is waterproof and can handle up to 32GB of storage. Battery life is said to run up to a full day, although it works both with microUSB charging as well as a unique battery stand that will power it for four complete charges before it needs to recharge itself.
Along with watches, the company has floated the ideas of pendants, belt clips, bike mounts, and even a USB device that would serve as a companion on a notebook.
WIMM is drumming up support for potential hardware makers and has Foxconn both as its main supplier as well as a resource for 100 engineers and two rounds of cash. The One kit will be on sale later in the summer with a beta watch app creator and a late September beta of the Micro App Store. Finished commercial products should be smaller and more polished but will depend on partners getting involved. [via SlashGear]