Timex is now getting into the wearable devices with the announcement of their new first smartwatch, dubbed the Ironman One GPS+, priced at $399.95. The smartwatch is already up for pre-order but Timex will only deliver it by this fall.
The One GPS+, which will feature a 3G radio and a host of communication tools, is fully independent from smartphones and is looking to be the watch of choice for outdoor and sports enthusiasts. It will also feature tracking functions that will tell to the user’s friends the location of the wearer, along with other useful information such as the speed of the wearer and the distance that he or she has travelled.
The smartwatch also has its own mobile communications functionalities through an AT&T cellular network connection, which will also allow the One GPS+ to send out data without the need to have a connection with a smartphone. Data that can be transmitted include workout data that can be sent to any online service that the user chooses.
The also has the functions of a Bluetooth MP3 player, allowing users to enjoy their music while engaged in outdoor and fitness activities.
The inside of One GPS+ contains a Qualcomm chipset, along with Qualcomm’s low-power display technology known as Mirasol. The technology allows the display to be always on, and allows it to be easily seen even in direct sunlight.
The Ironman One GPS+ comes with very few built-in apps and the company at present is opening up the ecosystem for developers to make new apps for the smartwatch – a big reason for Timex to have gone the Android Wear way instead. The smartwatch will be available in two colours – Black and Green.