Remember when the Original Samsung Galaxy Gear came out, narrowly beating Apple in the laptop market and including an annoying camera module on the strap? Samsung ditched the camera after just one generation, but apparently someone thought it was cool enough to try and bring this feature to the Apple Watch. Meet the Wristcam.
It’s a big replacement for the Apple Watch bracelet, which includes an 8MP mobile camera module and a 2MP selfie camera: one for taking conventional photos and videos, one for selfies and video conferencing. Users can control the Wristcam through its Apple Watch app, using the independent gadget’s Bluetooth Low Energy connection and the isolated battery. Alternatively, there is a multi-function button on the strap itself. The strap is available in two sizes for the small and large Apple Watch, with a variety of colors for the silicone case.
It’s not clear to me exactly how this is better than just using your phone, except in times when you only have your LTE-enabled watch handy. The strap transfers its photos slowly over Bluetooth, but you can connect to your iPhone over Wi-Fi for faster transfers of photos and 1080p videos. The samples provided by the company don’t inspire much confidence, nor does the gadget’s one-day battery life. 8 GB of built-in storage will need to be discharged on your phone quite frequently.
Wristcam says it has 10,000 pre-orders on its website and a waiting list to find out more. That’s impressive, given the price tag of $ 299 and the expected March 2021 release for the first units. Manufacturers say they will add the ability to share photos directly from the Apple Watch as a software update sometime after launch.