Good news, Android devotees. You need to force yourself into the Apple camp if you want a standalone smartwatch as offered by the new Apple Watch Series 3 because, now there is the Android-powered LooK Watch (stylized with upper cap ‘L’ and ‘K’ with Os in lower caps). Three years in the making, LooK Watch is the brainchild of 18-year-old Canadian GPS and IoT specialist, Laipac Technology Inc. and therefore, it is not just a smartwatch magically appear in the market. As you can imagine, Laipac is merely building on its forte.
Billed as the first IoT (Internet of Things) integrated standalone smartwatch, LooK Watch can make and take phone calls without the need for a cell phone, touts both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and thanks to the brand’s LocationNow IoT platform, you can locate your LooK Watch, send SOS at a touch of a button (well, more like holding a second, actually), and it has automatic fall detection and response system too so you won’t be left stranded when bad things happen (knock on wood!). Along with the goodness offered by Android 5.1, Laipac really show off its expertise in GPS with the inbuilt fitness and health trackers, breadcrumb trails, customize geofences and more.
Other features include anti-scratch Sapphire crystal coming in at a weighty 2.5 mm, 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 400 by 400 pixels on the tap, capacitive touch display with finger recognition, a 1.3 GHz MTK quadcore processor backed by 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, a 460 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery that offers up to 76 hours of standby mode in between charges, IP67 rated construction to prevent dust and water ingress, and finally, as expected of today’s smartwatch, it is loaded with sensors like accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, microphone, heart rate sensor, and capacitive sensor to detect watch removal.
All these features are packed in a large 56 mm cold forged stainless steel case, paired to a wireless antennas-embedded anti-allergic strap with stainless steel buckle. With IoT and the features promised, we can’t help but to think that LooK may be the watch that finally makes smartwatch, smart. And it is not the technical bits that are smart; the look itself is something to drool over. It is something that we think Mr. Bond may fancy wearing on his next mission.
Laipac has chosen to take LooK Watch to Kickstarter where it will need your love to make it a reality. A pledge of 189 Canadian dollars (which is about US$151 at this moment), you will secure yourself a unit and if all goes as planned, i.e. the campaign meets its funding goal, then you can expect LooK to greet you at your doorstep sometime in February 2018.
All images courtesy of Laipac Technology Inc.