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Kairos TBand turns almost any watch into a smartwatch

Kairos TBand turns almost any ...
Karios Tband provides push notifications
Karios Tband provides push notifications
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The Kairos Tband proof of concept model
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The Kairos Tband proof of concept model
Kairo Tband OD electronics
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Kairo Tband OD electronics
Kairo Tband OD components
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Kairo Tband OD components
Kairos Tband proof of concept model
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Kairos Tband proof of concept model
Kairos Tband OD touch controls
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Kairos Tband OD touch controls
Kairos Tband clamp
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Kairos Tband clamp
The Kario Tband HD hides its screen when not in use
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The Kario Tband HD hides its screen when not in use
Kairo Tband variants
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Kairo Tband variants
Karios Tband can fit various watches
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Karios Tband can fit various watches
Karios Tband details
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Karios Tband details
Karios Tband provides push notifications
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Karios Tband provides push notifications
The Kairos Tband ND
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The Kairos Tband ND
The Kairos Tband HD
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The Kairos Tband HD
The Kairos Tband OD
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The Kairos Tband OD
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Smartwatches may be to the time-and-date mechanical timepiece what the smartphone is to the landline candlestick job, but not everyone likes digital watches, much less smart ones. In June, Kairos rolled out its smart/mechanical hybrid, which is one option, but what if you like the watch you already have? The Kairos Tband is trying to square that circle by moving the "smart" from the watch to the band.

The Tband comes in three different models with different levels of functionality. Each was originally designed to be used with Kairos' smart mechanical watches, but different adapters are available to fit them to different makes and models of wristwatches. Each band includes a rigid electronics section containing a 9-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, optical sensor, a lithium polymer rechargeable battery, and a Pogo pin USB charging port. There's also a clamp instead of clasp to secure it, so it fits more like a bangle than a conventional band.

The Tband models include:

Tband ND

The Kairos Tband ND
The Kairos Tband ND

This is a simple device aimed at providing a maximum battery life of seven days. Designed for basic notifications for text messages or incoming calls, it uses vibrations and a multi-color LED indicator. Functions also include fitness tracking and a Galvanic Skin Sensor (GSR) to detect skin temperature and sweat.

Tband HD

The Kairos Tband HD
The Kairos Tband HD

With three days of battery life, the Tband HD has more functions, but remains discrete. There's a simple LED panel that is installed under a thin membrane that hides it when not active. The simple alphanumeric display provides basic information.

Tband OD

The Kairos Tband OD
The Kairos Tband OD

The Tband OD has a full-color, curved OLED display with a 11 x 25 mm area and 170 dpi resolution. The touch screen display is made of hardened mineral glass with a special anti-scratch coating, and is backed by an ARM Cortex-M4 processor and an onboard microphone for speech-to-text.

Depending on the model chosen, the Tband has a wide range of functions. All can link to social media apps, provide fitness monitoring, and have multi-language support. The OD can link to a smartphone, tablet, or PC, can remotely control a digital camera, control a media playlist, send preset messages, and, with optional modules, remotely "start, control, and monitor" a car.

The Kairos Tband is currently available for pre-order and is the focus of an Indiegogo campaign running through December 31 with pledges starting at US$129. If all goes to plan, deliveries are due to begin in April 2015.

The video below introduces the Kairos Tband.

Source: Kairos

KAIROS T-BAND: Transform your analog watch into a smart watch!

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