Montblanc’s New ‘e-Strap’ Smartband for Traditional Watches
Recently Luxury brand Montblanc has announced a new ‘e-Strap’ smartband for traditional watches. This would be Montblanc’s first venture into the new wearables market with the ‘e-Strap’. The German company, which is known for making fine pens, watches and other jewelry, hopes the accessory will allow traditional mechanical watches and wearable tech to co-exist.
The new e-Strap by Montblanc is an Italian leather watch band that features an embedded tracker with a 0.9-inch monochromatic OLED touchscreen display (128pixels ×36pixels). That display is capable of showing activity-tracking data and a variety of push notifications from a connected iPhone, or similar device.
This is great if you don’t like the Android Wear smartwatches and you don’t think the Apple Watch is going to do anything to change your mind. You might be willing to put something intelligent on your wrist, but you don’t want to replace your watch with some ugly gadget. There is a band that will allow the watch but, add a smart band to make it functional. You can also check out the Kairos T-Band, that is similar to the Montblac “e-Strap”, but at a much better price point.
Software features will include e-mails, text messages, incoming calls, reminders and social media updates, which are all signaled by a light vibration on the wrist. And as for activity-tracking, the band can record number of steps taken per day, calories burnt, as well as your distance traveled.
The Montblanc e-Strap’s will also have features that will allow the strap to function as a remote control, that can be used to trigger your smartphone’s camera shutter or control your music, and a Find-Me function that will locate the watch or phone within 30 meters. Montblanc says the accessory should last for 5 days on a complete charge.
The Timewalker Urban Speed with e-Strap will be available soon, starting at 2,990 Euros ($3,600 USD), and the standalone e-Strap will sell for about 250 Euros. Timex, Fossil and TAG Heuer are also expected to join the wearables fray this year, and of course the Apple Watch is nearing launch.
Source: [ Hodinkee ]