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More than 47 years after the famed Star Trek communicator are we ready for phone calls on our wrist? Some think so because the Kreyos Meteor does just that and is already nearing its Indiegogo funding goal.

Star Trek communicator
photo: ThinkGeek

Even if you’re not a fan of the Star Trek television series and movies, surely you’re familiar with the famed communicator that preceded our modern smartphones. In original series from the 1960’s it was a flip-phone type of device and was later reborn in the 1980’s as a wearable gadget: One tap and you could hold a hands-free conversation. With wireless technology continuing to improve, this fiction could become reality if the Kreyos smartwatch delivers on its promise.

Kreyos

Kreyos is a new Indiegogo project seeking $100,000 in funding for production of its Meteor smartwatch. The small device is modular so that it can be worn as a watch, on a clip or on a bicycle. And through low energy Bluetooth 4.0, it can connect to an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone handset, essentially becoming a way to have phone conversations like a handsfree speaker.

The key here for Kreyos is integrating with the various smartphone platform voice control systems. For example, when you pair the Meteor with an iPhone, you can interact with Siri through the device. That enables call activities, messaging, web searches and more by speaking to the wearable device. You’ll still need to carry your phone, of course, for these features.

But Kreyos offers a little standalone functionality too, much like the Motorola MotoACTV device I wear. Apps for the Meteor can take advantage of the ANT+ sensor support so the watch can read data from a wireless heart monitor. A built-in pedometer in the Meteor can track steps, distance, and speed for walking or running.

kreyos hanger

Also interesting is the 3-axis gyroscope in the Meteor. With the right software support, the watch can be used for gesture control. Want to skip a music track on your phone? Twist your wrist quickly to make it happen.

I’m still not sold on a high quality phone conversation with a device on my wrist, but Kreyos does show potential. And I like the modularity aspect because you can wear the Meteor on a clip, a hanger or as a watch. The device is expected to cost $169 when it debuts in November. Early backers can get the product, along with accessories at a discount now.

As of this writing, the project has already surpassed 70 percent of its goal and still has 46 days of fund-raising left, so clearly, Kreyos has struck a chord with many.

  1. Great, it has a speaker. Just what the world needs, more people talking on speaker. And it’s ugly – made from crappy plastic. I’m hoping Apple does it right. No voice, glass and metal design. Display reminders, who is calling, and text messages so I don’t have to take my telephone out of my pocket unless necessary.

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    1. I’m not big on metal phones, but I’m also not big on plastic watches, so I would agree.

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      1. Sooooo you like your watches made of wood? Recycled egg crates?

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  2. Isn’t Dick Tracy the proper reference? Star Trek was hand held, and the Moto Star Tek was modeled somewhat after it.

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    1. Miserable crabs just love to spout their negative trash no matter what the topic is. None of you know a damned thing… If you don’t like it shut up and don’t buy it. I think it has promise and will reserve judging it till I see one. Never fails…

      Most of you consumer turds need to ease back into your trough and hush. Or maybe get a counselor to help with your anger issues.

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  3. A bit unfocused, but it’s certainly a cool product. Couldn’t help comparing it to Google Glass though. Like Glass it is a hands-free/voice interaction, reads your texts, developers can expand functionality with custom apps. But Glass can also take creepy photos/videos which make it a much bigger privacy issue. Still, I’d rather wear glasses over a watch. Also, though the device is waterproof, it’ll still need to tether with a phone (which is probably not waterproof), and will require an additional monthly charge with some carriers.

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    1. Why does it need an additional monthly charge if it runs on bluetooth? I don’t think Research and Development is your thing.

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  4. nice gadgets

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  5. Haha!
    The future is a MASSIVE watch with a greyscale screen.

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  6. Looks like crap. I can’t wait to accidentally trigger tons of crap with the gesture control or for the battery to run out prematurely because I keep on shouting into my watch….

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  7. Check it out here before it is gone http://igg.me/at/kreyos/x/3747233 !!!!! Last 9 days to go!!!

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  8. At least the HOT watch provides a private phone call by projecting the sound into your palm so not everyone has to hear it.

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  9. Onaplioa Thanh Sunday, August 11, 2013

    I thought that Like Glass it is a hands-free/voice interaction, reads your texts, developers can expand functionality with custom apps. But Glass can also take creepy photos/videos which make it a much bigger privacy issue. I don’t like it shut up and don’t buy it. I think it has promise and will reserve judging it till I see one@ http://onaplioa.com.vn

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