When you enter a market like the smartwatch one, you better have a decent selling point, as you’re competing with the likes of Pebble, Samsung and potentially Apple before long. That’s why the Kreyos offers such colourful wristbands and fancy voice and gesture controls.
On the surface the Kreyos looks pretty similar to many other smartwatches, offering the usual fitness tracking, social networking integration, hands free phone calls and the ability to hook up with your smartphone for better functionality. However unlike many of the others, the Kreyos can connect to any operating system, be it Android, Windows or iOS and it has a much more detailed control system.
Featuring a waterproof microphone and speaker, the Kreyos can be talked to just like Siri or Cortana on your smartphone. Commands such as “read incoming message,” or “email
If you are running or performing another task which generally means you can’t stop and look down at the screen, or perhaps you’re out of breath and would find it a little difficult to get out a voice command, gesture controls can come in to play. Waving your hand in one direction will skip a track in your playlist, pumping your fist will up the volume. There’s a variety of other controls too, giving the Kreyos a surprising amount of functionality.
Depending on your usage, the Kreyos can last up to seven days without charging and can charge quickly from nothing to full within the hour.
The Kreyos can be bought right now for $170 (£100) and comes in a variety of colours and mounting options, including on a lanyard, watchband or beltclip.
There is one big drawback with smartwatches and that’s that only tend to do the same sort of things that your smartphone can do, but just not to the same standard. The Kreyos does innovate in a few areas, but it may be difficult to get people to spend £100 just to add new ways to control their phone.
While £100 isn’t cheap, it’s far from extortionate, and with all the colour and mounting options, along with its impressive feature set, I can see the Kreyos doing pretty damn well. It’ll need to cross the hurdle of usefulness that every smartwatch must, but if it can, it could very well rival big names like Pebble before long.