Wearables

Smart Buckle

Convert Any Watch Into A Smartwatch for $39.

Profta
Rating

9.4

About the Project

SMART BUCKLE - Convert any watch in to a smartwatch. Add the latest wearable activity tracker and smartwatch technology simply by replacing the clasp on your traditional watch strap. Smart Buckle uses miniaturized technology in its compact wearable clasp allowing it to go unnoticed while it tracks your activity and sleep patterns.

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  • Founder: Chris Olenik
  • Company: Gooseberry
  • Goal: $25,000.00
  • Entry Level Price: $39.00
  • Campaign Ended On: July 12, 2017
  • Delivery Date: August 2017

"About the Project" and "Claims" content are taken from the campagin as is.

Reality Check

  • Claim:

    "Convert any watch in to a smartwatch."

  • Reality:

    The ability to convert any watch in to a smartwatch, theoretically makes sense. The obstacle here is that this iteration of the product only provides a 20 mm strap size.

Something To Think About

Be aware of what size strap you need as you consider backing this project. On the same campaign page we see the words, "FITS NEARLY ANY 20MM WATCH."

  • Claim:

    Activity Tracker

  • Reality:

    The technology exists and with the implementation into the small design of the Smart Buckle, communication and tracking with already existing health apps, is reasonable.

Something To Think About

Sleep patterns are difficult to track if a device, in this case a watch, is not being worn.

  • Claim:

    Smartphone App

  • Reality:

    The mobile app has been demonstrated and can connect to 3 different smart buckle devices. This allows the end user to track information potentially seamlessly.

  • Claim:

    Quality Materials

  • Reality:

    High Grade Stainless steel and Brushed Metal is a material that can blend with a high amount of watches on the market today.

  • Claim:

    Affordable

  • Reality:

    With a design that is low profile and minimal as well as simple, the entry level price allows for a very competitive price point.

  • Claim:

    Shipping Time

  • Reality:

    Crowdfunding campaigns are notorious for late delivery. Consider the risk of not getting the Smart Buckle when promised as you think about backing the Smart Buckle

  • Claim:

    Water Resistant and Dust Proof Engineering

  • Reality:

    IP57 is a rating that does not allow much room for error when it comes to water. This is equivalent to 1 meter for 30 minutes under water before the device is compromised. Most watches have a more tolerant rating than the Smart Buckle, so be aware that the watch and the Smart Buckle may have different water resistance.

  • Claim:

    Battery Life & Charge Time

  • Reality:

    The numbers for the battery and charge time fall in line with current tech standards. 60 minute charge time for a week long life, is reasonable.

Bottom Line

Smart Buckle is a great option for those who wish to have several important features of a "smart watch" added to their current watch or watch that would otherwise be unable to upgrade. The team that surround Smart Buckle is large and have a history in other fields of tech. Consider your watch strap size to make sure the Smart Buckle will fit as you think about backing this creative project.

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