SWATCH has joined the smart watch party and released it's first "fitness tracker" watch aimed at (wait for it) Volleyballers???? I was a little taken aback when I heard Volleyball but after doing a bit of research it seems that with @900 million fans (based on participation through media coverage) it is actually a more popular sport than American Football, Basketball and Golf, who knew! So credit goes to SWATCH for doing their research and looking for a point of difference before releasing their first Smart Watch the Touch Zero One.
As well as the normal functions you would find on a fitness tracker e.g. STEP (calories, distance etc and TIME this watch has a few quirky functions HIT, CLAP and COACH. (You can read more on each function at the end of this post) You will need to download the SWATCH Touch Zero One app from the app store which runs on Android (Bluetooth®-Version 4.0LE, Android 4.4 or higher) and iOS (iPhone 5 or higher running the latest software version) and link your watch through Bluetooth to your phone to access your results and data.
Unless your a tech genius you are going to have to spend a bit of time reading the manual and playing with the watch to get it set up and work out how to use all the functions. It's a bit tricky to use but once you have played with it a bit (a fair bit) you will figure it out. If you get stuck you can access the video guide here http://www.swatch.com/en/swatch-touch-zero-one What I do like is the beach smart band, the PU and elastic are summer trendy and should fit most wrists. My favourite features are the graphics on the app, they are colourful, quirky and fun, you will find the app is much easier to navigate than the watch. On top of everything, Swatch Touch Zero One is a Swatch, so there's no need to charge it up every night. The standard Swatch battery lasts for months and months.
This is a quirky and fun smart watch, if your a Volleyballer then you are going to love it. If you are a SWATCH fan the colours are great for summer days and you have the added benefit of the reliability of a SWATCH. For your local stockist visit http://www.swatch.com/en_au/store-locator#q=AUSTRALIA
Click through for in depth details on each function!
I love it when friends and family introduce me to great new and inventive brands. Web guru Jed from http://www.eyedea.com.au/ recently introduced me to Grovemade. Grovemade is a Portland, Oregon company who make amazing handcrafted goods from natural materials primarily for apple products. Their small workshop is home to a family of designers, craftspeople, and support staff working together toward innovation and design that turns heads. Working in collaboration with renowned minimalist designer Stefan Andren, Grovemade has recently released the Wood Watch. Usually when we see wooden components in a watch they are just replacing what would normally be a stainless steel part, it's a fashion trend not a holistic approach. It seems Grovemade have really thought about this piece and wanted to convey the essence of their company into a wearable accessories line. These cool and crafty people chose to work with the materials they love, start from scratch and bring us something truly beautiful.
In a world so focused on smart watches with features and functions that can do almost anything, this watch has been stripped back to the bones. It is focused on simplicity and does only two things, tell the time and look beautiful. Minimalistic, elegant and earthy this really is more of a statement piece than a watch. Featuring modern, circular hands that move behind the iconic wooden face the material-driven Wood Watch features a stainless steel casing , Japanese movement and is finished with a vegetable-tanned leather or silicone strap. This watch is all about natural materials and is available in Eastern Hardrock Maple or Oregon Claro Walnut. The Wood Watch face is offered in round or square, and with a black leather or black silicone strap for walnut faces and a tan leather or a natural tooling leather strap for maple faces. See the awesome video bellow from Grovemade and buy online at http://grovemade.com/