Smartwatches are a young category. Superfluous at best and just plain dorky at worst, I've yet to see one that makes me say "wow, I've gotta have that." And if smartwatches have yet to receive their killer application, that's doubly true for the inevitable wave of cheap accessories that will try to cash in on the craze. Case in point: The Bem Wireless Speakerwatch.
This thing is a Bluetooth speakerphone strapped to a wristband. Nothing more, nothing less. It's not really a watch since it lacks a display, and with a size of a couple of inches square at most, it's barely a speaker. I find it hard to believe that the Speakerwatch could be much louder than a typical smartphone's rear speaker, and I don't see why strapping it to your wrist would improve things... unless you just enjoy having a huge hunk of plastic that doesn't tell time hanging off your arm. It can also play music, if you want to be ridiculous and annoying at the same time.
Bem was promoting the Speakerwatch at IFA this week, and plans to release it in December for $69.99. That's just about half the price of the Pebble, which at least makes some sense, or one-quarter the price of the Galaxy Gear, which will both take calls and tell time. (Revolutionary!) For seventy bucks, I can't see this appealing to anyone unless they're willing to spend seventy bones on an easily-modded Dick Tracy cosplay accessory.
Live life out loud with the speaker watch
The stylish speaker watch is a wearable extension of your smartphone, and keeps you connected in a whole new way. It links to any Bluetooth-enabled device so you can easily pick up your calls while on a walk, on the road or at the office. Hip and hassle-free, this handy device also ensures you’ll have your favorite music “on you” at all times. The speaker watch will be available for $69.99 in December.
About bem wireless
bem wireless is an innovator in consumer electronics, providing wireless solutions for everyone. By identifying user's experiences, bem makes it easy for its innovations to be integrated into their lives.
Formed in 2012, bem brings together entrepreneurial spirit and know-how plus the track record for successful engineering execution.
Beginning with the audio line, including the speaker trio, mobile speaker, outlet speaker and boom box, and quickly moving on to the development of video and a host of other lifestyle-enhancing products, bem is tireless about keeping wireless portable, affordable and accessible.