A new smartwatch will turn any screen into a computer that can be controlled from your wrist. The Neptune Hub from Montreal-based tech start-up Neptune will be a fully functioning computer, reversing the premise that smartwatches are optional smartphone accessories.
The wearable is designed to work as a standalone device, but can break free of its small screen with complementary phone and tablet-sized second interfaces (complete with front and back cameras), and a dongle that turns virtually any TV or monitor into the wearable's display.
Neptune envisions a new computing era where cheap screen interfaces are ubiquitous and can be used by everyone via wrist-worn hubs: "Everything will become smart, by simply becoming accessories for your wrist."
The Neptune Suite, which includes the smartwatch and its related interfaces, has raised more than $800,000 on crowdfunding website Indiegogo – more than 800% of its $100,000 goal. It will retail at $899 and is expected to ship in February 2016.
Brands continue to experiment with a range of functionality and designs to win valuable consumer wrist space. Luxury and heritage watch brands are beginning to create smart-artisanal hybrids – Google and Intel announced plans for a smartwatch collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer on March 19.