Gadget Watch: IoT friendly "Eco-Drive Riiiver” smartwatch tells the score

The Citizen “Eco-Drive Riiiver” smartwatch, to be precise, with the device’s Bluetooth capabilities being driven by Nordic’s Bluetooth 5.2 nRF52810 RF SoC.

Nordic writes:

Unlike conventional watches that have prefixed button functions, Eco-Drive Riiiver allows users to not only customize the buttons to suit their own preferences, but also create up to three miniprograms — known as ‘iiideas’ — that can be actioned from, or displayed on the smartwatch to suit the user’s own lifestyle and interests.

For example, among its features are the ability to connect with smartphones via Bluetooth, connect with third-party devices and services via Riiiver (CITIZEN’s own open-source IoT platform), to customise the watch functions via the Eco-Drive Riiiver App and to measure calories, steps and light levels.

What this means in practice, for example, is that a specific button could trigger the smartwatch to update the user on the latest score in a sporting event, and then display the score via the hands of the smartwatch.

Another example quoted is that a press of a button could trigger the smartwatch to send the user’s current
location to nominated contacts with a preset message, for example “I’ve arrived”.

Sensing

Nordic continues in its description:

“The Sentrius BT510 long-range sensor device comes in a rugged IP67-rated 19 by 80 by 51 mm enclosure with an operating temperature range of –20 to 60 ºC, and integrates a magnetic reed switch sensor, temperature sensor, Bluetooth LE beaconing as well as a three axis MEMS accelerometer for motion and impact detection.

It is powered by Laird Connectivity’s BL654 BLE module integrating Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC to provide full Bluetooth 5 support.”

The watch is also solar powered, and Nordic points out the ultra low power characteristics of its nRF52810 SoC, with features such as the 2.4 GHz radio’s 4.6 mA peak RX/TX currents.

The case size measure 43mm across.

Pricing for the watch is $450.00, and it was actually announced last year, at SXSW in Austin.

 

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