Is the ROOT smartwatch really going to be a $1,500 device?
A few months ago, a small crowd of developers from the smartwatch startup Vuzix showed up at CES 2017, and the idea was that they’d be able to build a smartwatch with the same kind of functionality that the company’s other watches already have.
Instead of using the traditional Bluetooth pairing method for connecting to the device’s hardware, they’d simply use their phone or tablet to pair to the watch, and then connect it to their computer.
“It’s really simple,” Vuzik said at the time, adding that the device would be able connect to its phone, tablet, and computer.
They’d be “smartphones, tablets, laptops, and a PC” at any time.
That’s not how it’s supposed to work, however, because the company wants the watch to act as a gateway device for other devices, not just the user’s phone.
It’s not clear how many people actually wanted to buy into that, but the idea seemed to resonate with a lot of developers who wanted to take a look at the possibilities of a wearable computing device, particularly if they could make it more secure and more portable.
While a lot has changed since then, and Vuziks VP of engineering and product Jason Gough said at CES that they’re working on more devices for smartwatches, the company still isn’t ready to announce a specific product for the next few months.
“We’ve been working on that product,” Gough told me.
“At the moment we are focused on delivering on the launch of the next generation of the ROOTS platform.
But we’re still working through the roadmap to build out that and get that product into the hands of the consumer.”
The first wave of products The company hasn’t announced any specific product yet, and Gough didn’t have an update on when the company plans to make its next major device announcement.
It’ll likely be sometime in October or November, though Gough would probably only say that it’ll be in the “next few months.”
It’s still early days for Vuziqs smartwatch, but if you’ve been looking to get one up on your wrists, the hardware and software are already in place.
The company has been working for the past few months to bring the company into the smartwatcher business, and they’ve been building a smartphone app and a software stack that is now being released as an open source project.
There are a few things that make the new platform different from other watches, however.
The most obvious difference is that Vuziex is a company with a huge, passionate user base.
For the past year, Vuzii has been building out a community of users who want a device that can be used as a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, or a PC, and who also want a smart watch that has the ability to do all of that.
This means the company has a massive following and an opportunity to make a lot more money by catering to a very specific kind of user.
But the platform also has a number of other things in common with other smartwands, and one of those is that it has a lot in common, as well.
A lot of smartwares today are really built around a number, and if you want to be able access your phone, or your tablet, or even your computer, you need to be connected to that one device first.
But a smartwand is different.
“What makes a smartwaif is the fact that there are hundreds of different types of devices that you can connect to it, and that’s really just the beginning,” Goug told me at CES.
“You can have a device called a smartpad, or you can have it called a wristwatch, or there’s even a smart phone.”
In addition to the new software stack, Vuhioix has also created an SDK that it’s using to build more devices, including an infrared remote for its product, a Bluetooth headset, and more.
In fact, there are already more than 30 devices on the Vuzicaix roadmap, and all of them are already shipping, Gough noted.
“The way we are building these products is that we’ve built them as a series of pieces,” Grough said.
“And it’s the way that we want to build these products.
So if you’re building a watch, there’s going to always be a different piece of hardware on top of that.”
The Vuzijis SDK for Android has already been released, and it lets developers build their own smartwalls using an Android SDK and a variety of pre-built SDKs, like Android Studio and the Android Wear SDK.
But Vuzihis SDKs are much more modular.
There’s no single Android SDK for a smartwall, and you can also build one for the Vuhixio