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martianwatches

Ever since the Pebble Smartwatch got millions in funding from Kickstarter, other companies have been coming out of the woodwork in hopes of getting a smartwatch on your wrist. The Martian smartwatch is a slightly different take on the concept, though. These devices would be based mostly on voice commands over Bluetooth.

The video is clearly using a lot of Siri commands, which Android devices won't support. Since this is essentially a fancy Bluetooth device, all the voice commands that work through a regular Bluetooth headset on your phone will be available with Martian. If you've got S Voice or Google Now you should have a fair number of functions, but it's not going to be consistent across devices. Taking calls over Bluetooth with the Martian should work on everything.

The watch will come in three different styles, ranging from a little tacky to fairly attractive. All the proposed designs have a regular analog clock taking up about half the face, and the other half has a small OLED scrolling display for caller ID and notifications. I'm not sure how I feel about the aesthetic, but these devices do at least look a little more like regular watches.

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You can get in on the action for $95, which reserves one of the low-end G2G Martian watches. A few bucks more and you can get the Victory or Passport. If you're feeling confident, that's about $100 off the expected retail prices. The Kickstarter seems to be picking up steam, so the devices may actually ship in January 2013 as promised.

[Kickstarter]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Kenny O

    That M logo is slightly unnecessary and taking up real estate they could have used for a larger display.

  • Abhisshek Das

    butt ugly looking .

  • http://twitter.com/_ThaNerd_ _ThaNerd_

    The design is fugly...sorry don't think this will compete well with watches like Pebble...

  • Nope.avi

    huge and ugly. and its a wrist watch. seriously...

  • master94

    No thanks, Pebble is much better looking.

  • zab

    2 hours talk time is too little and the display is too small. Wait for the next company to take this path

  • Chris

    i don't like it, it would be better a smart watch with display, then you can change to your own clock design

  • Sorian

    Good idea, bad "current" design. Limited to people who actually like wearing watches (irritates me after a few minutes).

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Meh, the design isn't very attractive...The G2G is terrible and the other 2 look passable until you'd see them up close (a real-life picture of the Passport shows that the stripes are super ugly). Also, these things are WAY too fat. I hope that those are prototypes in the pictures and video and not the final product, because that's just too huge on the wrist. Like Kenny O said, the 'M' logo (which is just too sparse and generic to use as a serious logo) is taking up way too much of the watch face; and if they had followed classic watch design, would have placed it underneath the path of the watch hands. I don't even understand why they have the extended form Bluetooth logo or any of the other text on the face...It's just ugly.

    The concept isn't terrible, but I'm not really sold on it. Voice control is great, and I really wish it was going to be a part of Pebble. The problem is that you're still limited by the way each phone handles Bluetooth. A single window for text is too limiting, and one of the pictures shows that the display is deeply inset from the watch face so that you would have to put a little more effort into straightening out your wrist to read it.

    After 2 days they are already 1/6 of the way to their goal, which is really good momentum.

    As an aside...I'm not sure, but I think I've met the guy Peter from the video.

  • Simon Belmont

    I pretty much echo what everyone else has been saying. These watches just do not appeal to me in the attractiveness department.

    I would prefer a larger OLED screen that could actually do more than a tiny one that barely stretches across the watch face. Sorry, but pass.

  • spydie

    Way too thick.

  • spydie

    I can't believe you are just telling us about this watch and the funding ended last September! WTF?

    • lolusuck

      It was actually posted August 16th 2012.

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