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There's the Sony SmartWatch, the Pebble, and soon there will be the HOT Watch - but this last one might just make your dreams come true. The current smart watches on the market may not have sold well, but that doesn't mean there isn't a strong demand for this type of item. This upcoming piece of wearable tech reached its sizable $150,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just a single day, showing just how strongly people want a smart watch done right. The HOT Watch promises to be even better.

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The HOT Watch will bring a far more interactive experience than prior offerings, allowing wearers not only to read their messages, but to respond to them as well. The watch will support texts, email and social networks. It also comes with a wide range of apps that can display content such as the weather, stocks, calendar, and news. Joggers will be able to control music from their wrists, view their steps using the offered pedometer, and trigger a timer to see how long they've been out. Wearers will not only be able to screen phone calls, they can answer them and communicate through the watch itself. Yes, there's speakerphone support, but the cooler option is holding your cupped hand up to your ear. It's every sci-fi and secret agent fantasy come true.

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The coolness factor doesn't stop there. The watch is packed with gesture support. Wearers only have to move their hands to their ear during an incoming call to answer it. Calls can be rejected just by shaking your hand, and annoying calls can be muted by dropping your hand away from your ear. The LED backlight pops on automatically once your hand is twisted upwards.

Hot Gestures:

  • Handle functions of the watch with quick gestures(can be optionally turned off).  Default gestures are:
  • Answer Call: Move hand to ear during incoming call
  • Dial Out Menu: Move hand to ear when there is no incoming call
  • Reject Call: Shake hand during incoming call
  • Mute Call: Drop hand during conversation
  • End Call: Wave goodbye during conversation
  • Dial Favorite Number: Knock twice
  • LED Backlight: Twist hand to “read” position
  • Fall Down: Automatically text emergency number (you can cancel within 30 seconds)

Touch Gestures:

  • Unlock and Menu: Write “ U ” on screen
  • Unlock and Dial:  Write “ D ” on screen
  • Unlock and SMS: Write “ S ” on screen
  • Unlock and Clock: Write “C” on screen
  • Unlock and Apps: Write “A” on screen

The HOT Watch still requires a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone in order to work. Like the Pebble, it will use an e-ink display and have support for custom apps developed through its SDK. Some really creative stuff has cropped up for Pebble since its inception, so a vibrant community can really be the difference between a good device and a great one. That said, this watch should be pretty feature-packed even without additional developer support.

Features:

  • Private calls amplified by the palm of your hand
  • Speakerphone
  • Voice activated calling and other phone control using your phone’s native voice recognition such as iPhone SIRI
  • Receive and reply to Messages (SMS, Email, Facebook and Twitter)
  • Music player remote control (for your phone’s native player)
  • Multiple dial faces
  • Automatic fast contacts sync
  • Caller ID
  • Audible and silent vibrating alarms and alerts
  • Pedometer: Record running, walking, steps climbed, calories burned
  • Fall detection with automatic text to emergency number (unless cancelled in 30 seconds)
  • LED illumination
  • Note capture: captures your handwriting on the watch face
  • Tactile vibration feedback
  • HOT Proximity Alerts: Never leave your phone behind and prevent theft
  • Find your phone with remote beep
  • Built-in LED Flashlight (ONLY in Curve)
  • Water Resistant
  • Multi-touch projected capacitive screen (Skim finger above glass to change screens)

On top of all of this, the HOT Watch arguably has a sleeker, more attractive appearance than its forefathers. It will come in a broader range of styles.

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Check it out in motion, if for no other reason than to see the acting. It's worth it.

Now that you want one, here's the kicker - early birds can get their hands on one for just $109, forty bucks less than what a Pebble costs at Best Buy. There are still 36 days left to go, and devices are expected to arrive before Christmas. I don't know about you, but I cannot wait to pass someone using one of these in public.

HOT Watch: Complete Smart Watch w/Revolutionary Private Calls

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • JoeDoom

    Sadly, doesn't look that great.

  • Ark

    That looks a LOT like a Pebble.

    And you need to click it to see what time it is. And the battery lasts 3 days. And it's not water proof. This just looks worse and worse by the minute.

    • iandouglas

      "The production version of the watches will have ... gaskets for waterproofing"

      • Ark

        Gaskets? Like those little rubber tabs?

        • iandouglas

          Hopefully not, those things get ripped off faster than Bernie Madoff and your retirement fund.

          • Ark

            ba dum tish

    • Christopher Lee

      Hey, it's better than the one from Spy Kids. At least it tells time!

      • mrp

        Yes!

    • Herman

      What's the point of a watch when it isn't waterproof?
      Not all of us live in a desert.

  • 16bitz0r

    Actually, it looks like a product from the late 90's, even the Tamagotchi is more impressive.

    • Mark

      Could be, however this is a prototype - their kickstarter is to raise funds to make the thing off the hook. Pebble's design and LED lighting got better after they raised funds to put a good product in stores. This one I think will turn out totally worth it.

  • Brian Utne

    Hey Jamie can I see your phone?
    Sure! *throws phone across the room*....lol...come on now...

    • yentrog31

      Yea they lost me there. Pump up your devise with it's killer features but don't make it hollywoodesque.

      • Brian Utne

        Seriously...They could have showed how it works rather than have some girl dressed in workout (or so it seemed) gear show up randomly and then saying "oh yeah I just had a conversation with her by putting my hand up to my ear."

        That's cool but...demonstrate before you kickstart.

        • mrp

          Yeah agreed... that said tho... That's a helluva lot of features.

      • Evan Jenkins

        yea it felt like an infomercial, I was wondering when the "thanks obama" screen was gonna pop up lol

    • Pithism

      that was the greatest part... now you HAVE to buy it

      • Brian Utne

        Yeah I'll pass. I'd rather type my text out lol. If I wanna check the time...well...that's what I have a G-shock for. :)

  • iandouglas

    From the devs, when asked how you charge the thing:

    "it is a proprietary USB charging cable"

    'cause, y'know, their implementation is going to change the world. http://xkcd.com/927/

    • Matthew Fry

      Sonuva. Seriously? There's no reason microusb cannot be used.

      • iandouglas

        Well, you can't use typical USB chargers, as I understand it, if you want waterproofing. Unless you add the rubber "door" to close over the port, but (a) those are flimsy and rip off, and (b) you're at best water "resistant" not "waterproof" to any degree.

        And wireless charging would make the watch quite a bit thicker...

        But I don't wear my watches in the shower or swimming or anything else aquatic, so just give me a regular watch that I can charge with one of a hundred usb cables I already own (or can replace for a buck)

        • Ark

          Pebble just has a magnetic tip that locks on the side of the watch. That seems like a *much* more elegant solution.

          • iandouglas

            Except that the magnet isn't that strong. The "Hacker Backer" model I got in December was so weak, connecting the charger and then placing it on a night table was enough to dislodge the charger. The eventual "retail" edition was a little better.

          • Ark

            Mine snaps in place and requires a decent pull to disengage. It's a KS edition.

            Not that it matters that much, since it charges to full in like an hour and a half, so you could just take it off while you use your PC.
            I just strap it upside down and the magnet doesn't disengage no matter how furiously I type.

          • Christopher Lee

            I dunno about you, but half of the time I leave my Pebble dangling off of a music stand and it's yet to fall off.

          • Ark

            Yeah I think douglas got a bum unit. I'd love it if more of my stuff had chargers like my pebble.

  • Thomas Decker

    Huh? Ho Twat?

  • Thomas Decker

    On a serious note, I still have one of those Microsoft SmartWatches that I bought off woot in '08 for $25....what a waste of clams!

  • Matthew Fry

    You said it Zoidberg.

    • Brian Utne

      lolololl

  • Peter

    gay! design a wearable phone instead a watch that connect to a phone, stupid!

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      I'm pretty sure the watch doesn't have a sexuality. A more appropriate word would be impractical, tacky, and/or unnecessary.

      • Peter

        I'm sorry..

      • Christopher Lee

        No, he's actually just saying that this watch is perfectly normal and acceptable.

        Find a better pejorative. It's not the 1900s anymore.

  • WHO?

    Thank you so much for giving us a heads up before the funding ends! "I think this is a first" lol

  • solbin

    Looks nice, but they need to get rid of the "HOT" symbol on the front. It just makes it look cheap and childish. I know its the name of the thing , but come on...

  • steelew

    I'm sticking with the Kreyos I purchased and will be delivered in November. Check it out, only 7 days left on indigogo http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kreyos-the-only-smartwatch-with-voice-gesture-control/x/3856325

    • steelew

      The kreyos has voice control and is water proof among a whole list of other features.

    • Sannas

      Kreyos doesnt provide private call

  • spydie

    Oh gawd.... ANOTHER watch. I wouldn't invest a penny in another watch! I've got almost $200 in the Phosphor Touch Time that was supposed to be delivered last November and now the owner, Donald, won't even tell us what happened to it. There goes $200. None of them are ready for prime time and anyone that invests in a kickstarter project, like me, deserves to loose all their money. Lesson learned. Never again, no matter how cool that new kickstarter project is. They are all a bunch of rip-off artists.

    • Mark

      I know I was a little hesitant as well when I saw that there was another watch coming out. But this one actually seems pretty cool to me! It has all the same features as Pebble but you can take calls from it. This one is really designed for the everyday professional. You have a more sleek clean look, rather than an athletic type watch. I like both products, don't get me wrong, but I think this one has a great future... especially since these guys are going to own the patents on this thing.

  • MaFo

    I have yet to find a "smart watch" that is worth buying.

    • Mark

      Im interested to see how this one does. There was a couple write ups I saw that project HOT SW to beat out Pebble. This product has my eyes and ears right now

      • mrp

        Yeah, we'll see what happens... it's pretty cool tech, it beats out the Pebble as far as features, but could use some polish.. But, from their responses on the KS comments page, they seem willing to listen to backers. Cool project overall.

  • Oh High

    So this is basically a pebble watch knock-off with a mic and speakerphone.

  • Aaron

    Pebble was cool when I first saw it, but I like the ability to take calls through the HOT watch.

  • junkmac18

    I think the Hot Watch is tight! It's crazy how much tech is in it! For a guy spending a lot of time on the phone on the go, this could make work one step easier! I think the HOT watch is legit.

  • junkmac18

    The more I look at this watch compared to the other watches out their on the market; the more I love it! I believe it's so much better tan any other watch out their. The features it has is unlike the other popular smart watches. I'm a fan of this watch!

  • imtoomuch

    Haven't people learned anything from Pebble or OUYA?

  • junkmac18

    Nice, I found an exclusive interview on details on youtube, check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQSpzv901To&feature=youtu.be

  • Mark

    Guys the video isn't that bad. ha. At least there is "eye candy"

  • Aaron

    I want it!

  • mrp

    Past half a milliion! Good job guys!

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