It always frustrates me when I’m sitting in a meeting and I feel my phone vibrate in my pocket. I don’t know if I’m getting a text, an e-mail, a calendar reminder, or if it is some phantom vibration alerting me to some event in an app that I forgot to close and has been open for weeks.
Or likewise, when I’m riding my bike around town and I have my phone in my backpack but I’m expecting an important message to come through, I have no way of checking unless I stop my bike ride, pull the phone out of my backpack, and give it a look.
A Kickstarter inventor is looking to alleviate both of these problems for me, and many similar problems for the rest of the world, with the projected release of “cookoo”, a watch that connects with your smartphone to give you notifications about events that are happening. The cookoo is a regular analog-style watch that also does a lot of cool stuff in interacting with your phone, such as telling you when you have an alarm, when you’ve received a text, whether you have new email, or a call coming in. Sure, there have been other watches released recently (one from Sony comes to mind) that connect with Android phones and give you this type of information in great detail, but the cookoo is poised to be much more simple and less expensive, with pre-order watches available for just $80.
Getting notifications and alerts on your watch will be nice, but the money feature of the watch, in this blogger’s opinion, is the lost phone feature. If you can’t find your phone in a room, for example, you can push a button on the watch and it will activate a beeping sound on your phone so you can find it.
The cookoo will be released later this year and will have apps available to make it compatible with iOS and Android.