MWC – Kronoz. Can a watch maker create a smartwatch?

MWC   Kronoz. Can a watch maker create a smartwatch?

We’ve already seen how smartphone manufacturers like LG create smartwatches. However, we should perhaps consider how an existing watchmaker approaches the problem. MyKronoz have designed watches since 2013 and I was interested in their ZeTel and ZePhone watches, which have SIM cards in, and the ZeFit, ZeCircle, ZeBracelet, ZeWatch, ZeSplash and ZeClock, which connect via Bluetooth.


MWC   Kronoz. Can a watch maker create a smartwatch?

The devices, in particular the two with the SIM cards (the ZeTel has a 2G SIM connection and the ZePhone has a 3G SIM) are a little blocky. The ZePhone has WiFi caller ID, a pedometer, GPS, voice calling, Bluetooth 4.9, time, touchscreen and Android 4.2. Yes, you read that right, there’s no Android Wear here, this is full Android running on a 1.65″ screen. The ZeTel has a 2G SIM, so you won’t exactly be able to browse the internet on this puppy with texting, Bluetooth 4.0, time, an always-on touchscreen, caller ID, heart-rate monitor and more.

Here’s a video overview…

Head to MyKronoz for further information. It doesn’t look like the SIM-enabled watches are available in the UK just yet.

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