If you thought looking like a cyborg with Google Glass was bad, the HOT smartwatch one-ups Google on the geek factor by turning your hand into your phone. With the new Hands-on Talk, or HOT, technology, the watch literally allows you to answer calls and talk to your callers by talking to your hand.
While this may sound weird, HOT representatives say that this allows for private conversations. Though other smartwatches, like those from Pebble, either only allow you to see who is calling you and still require you to take your phone out of your pocket or bag to answer the call, or watches like the Italian crafted i’m Watch allows you to answer and talk to your watch, those conversations are done through speakerphone and aren’t private.
“Other Smart Watches fail in one major area – they cannot do private calls,” the company’s CTO Ram Pattikonda said. “But we’ve changed that with the HOT Watch. It’s just as easy as raising your hand to your ear. Our vision goes back to well beyond filing for the initial patent in 2010 and we feel we have produced the most complete Smart-watch solution in which, together, we can change the way people communicate.”
In addition to answering calls, the watch supports a number of different gestures to pull up different apps, menus, and commands.
There may be somewhat of a learning curve to learn and remember what all the various gestures do, but the watch can also integrate with apps to display Twitter and Facebook messages. A private SDK will allow developers to integrate their apps with the HOT Watch.
HOT pairs currently with either an iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. The smartwatch is now in its Kickstarter campaign and the founders are hopeful that they can ship before Christmas.
There are various styles and models for the HOT Watch, but the basic model starts at a $109 pledge on Kickstarter at this time.
The smartwatch market is expected to take off this year. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch is anticipated to launch at IFA, and there may be an Apple iWatch that’s forthcoming. Additionally, Google, LG, and Microsoft are all said to be developing their own competitors as well. Sony’s SmartWatch is already on the market and its SmartWatch 2 will be shipping later this fall.