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mVoice G2 smartwatch mixes old-school mechanical hands with an OLED display

mVoice G2 smartwatch mixes old...
The mVoice G2 smartwatch blends the old and the new
The mVoice G2 smartwatch blends the old and the new
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The mVoice G2 smartwatch comes in a variety of styles
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The mVoice G2 smartwatch comes in a variety of styles
The mVoice G2 smartwatch blends the old and the new
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The mVoice G2 smartwatch blends the old and the new
A scroll wheel on the side for display navigation
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A scroll wheel on the side for display navigation
For those who want the benefits of a smartwatch but love the styling of a classic watch
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For those who want the benefits of a smartwatch but love the styling of a classic watch
A diagram of the way Martian constructed its mVoice G2 smartwatch
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A diagram of the way Martian constructed its mVoice G2 smartwatch
The OLED display sits under the mechanical arms
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The OLED display sits under the mechanical arms
The mVoice G2 smart watch supports Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant
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The mVoice G2 smart watch supports Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant
Voice commands can be activated with a flick of the wrist
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Voice commands can be activated with a flick of the wrist
The battery reportedly lasts for up to seven days
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The battery reportedly lasts for up to seven days
The mVoice G2 smartwatch blends the old and the new
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The mVoice G2 smartwatch blends the old and the new

For several years now, California-based Martian has produced stylish smartwatches that hark back to more traditional designs. Its latest smartwatch, the mVoice G2, is the biggest blend of old and new yet, combining mechanical watch hands with a full round OLED display.

Smartwatches have sat in an odd position over the years, never fully embraced by the mainstream but continually evolving, becoming more impressive and useful with each passing generation. The mVoice G2 isn't Martian's first smartwatch, but it is certainly the culmination of everything previous offerings from the company have been working to achieve.

The big gambit of the mVoice G2 is its combination of old-style mechanical hands and 3D minute and hour markers sitting on top of an OLED display that allows for all the state-of-the-art smartwatch features one would want in 2017. It's a clever idea, keeping the traditional aesthetic of a wristwatch for those that enjoy old-school styling, while providing the extra functionality of a modern smartwatch.

A diagram of the way Martian constructed its mVoice G2 smartwatch
A diagram of the way Martian constructed its mVoice G2 smartwatch

In terms of smartwatch features the mVoice G2 is solid, with complete voice control capabilities, and it is system agnostic, meaning it can work with Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. A quick flick of the wrist activates whichever voice assistant you have set up.

As any good smartwatch should, the mVoice G2 can mirror most notifications your smartphone would display, including those from third-party apps. There are customizable vibrations and LED colors that can be associated with messages from selected persons or specific apps.

Voice commands can be activated with a flick of the wrist
Voice commands can be activated with a flick of the wrist

The company claims the mVoice G2 has the longest battery life of any voice-controlled smartwatch on the market, with up to seven days of smart feature usage on a single charge. The mechanical arms can run for up for 60 days separate to the digital smart features, meaning that if you forget to charge the watch for a few days it won't get the time right only twice a day.

Martian is launching the new watch on Kickstarter, and smashed its goal pretty quickly. The early bird price is US$129 (or two for $220), with a planned retail price set at $245. If all goes to plan, Martian estimates delivery for May 2018, which sounds reasonable considering the company has manufactured smartwatches before.

Take a look at the mVoice G2 in the video below.

Source: Kickstarter

mVoice G2: World's First "Watch" with Voice & Full Display

2 comments
BanisterJH
A round smartwatch with mechanical hands in front of the face is the only kind that interests me, and I really like that this one has a good microphone. However, there's a few more features I'd like to have before inviting a mechanical device into years of personal contact. First, make the crown retractable. Proud crowns irritate my wrist. Next, it should have at least the water, dust and shock resistance of a flagship smartphone. It's always going to be out there. I want an NFC radio, because if I'm doing proximity limited communication for smart locks and payments, I don't want to have to dig out my phone for that. I want a sapphire watch glass because they're just nicer, and the transparent part is where it's most important to me to maintain a flawless appearance over many years. It's not a requirement, but I wouldn't object to a bezel encoder, especially on a device where the display doesn't run to the edge. The ability to use solar or motion energy to extend the charge period, even if it doesn't eliminate charging would also be nice. And, if the band with the numbers isn't display, then it could be solar cell. Of course, those numbers could be on 12 tiny squares of e-ink, allowing me to change the font, but that would be just showing off technological prowess, not a necessity.
spaceyank
Thinking about buying this watch? Check out the horrible reviews and the total lack of customer support: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/martianwatches/mvoice-g2-worlds-first-watch-with-voice-and-full-d/comments