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.

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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.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Jeremiah just doesn't have enough swag to comprehend the greatness that is bem.

  • FrillArtist

    What a lame piece of crap.

  • Unknown182

    "How long have we been falling?"
    "I don't know, my watch doesn't tell time!"

  • Claw

    Right out of a LMFAO video

  • louched1

    Raise the price and slap an Apple logo on that beast and it'll sell like crazy. :)

  • hyperbolic

    Chavs, this one is for you.

  • Giacu Truss

    it'd be like strapping a ghetto blaster on your wrist... AWESOME!.. not...

  • atlouiedog

    Can I use two in tandem for stereo sound from both wrists?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Why stop at two? Or at wrists?

      • serotheo

        I heard there's a $30 accessory that let's you daisy chain multiple together, perfect for your head or waist and it creates this effect called surround-sound.

        • GigiAUT

          I thought you said herd until I read it again...cos I can imagine a bunch of teenies all wearing these playing music from a phone.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    They should advertise it as a "Portable Bluetooth Speaker with a Wrist Band"
    Seriously,I can't call it a Speakerwatch or Watch even.........IT DOESN'T TELL TIME!!!!