Remember the MetaWatch?  It was originally built to cater to the Android crowd only, that is until they announced plans for an iOS version earlier this year.  And much like the Pebble, as well as the phone’s that the aforementioned watches connect to, they’re not water or sweat proof.  In other words you can’t strap on these futuristic time pieces and jump in the pool.  That is until.

MetaWatch is back and is making headlines with their STRATA time piece.  From a functionality standpoint it’s comparable, if not exactly the same as the first MetaWatch.  So to reiterate, it connects to your Android or iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and is able to alert you of a new text message or email, what the weather forecast is, and even if you forget your phone as you walk out the door thanks to a proximity sensor.  Course, all this happens from a distance no greater than 30m – Bluetooth’s spec’d range.   But what separates the STRATA from the pact is its water resistant body and rugged build, allowing you to workout, break a sweat, and god forbid probably take a tumble or two without it breaking.

The 96×96 pixel mirror display works in direct sunlight, and initially sensor compatibility will be limited to  Wahoo Fitness BLE sensors, though expect that compatibility to broaden with the development of apps through their SDK. Vibrating alerts, 5-7 day battery life (rechargeable), and a 3-axis accelerometer round out the feature set.

Shipping will probably commence in September for those that invest via Kickstarter.  Once the STRATA hits the retail market place they expect the price to be $179, which is $20 cheaper than their first iPhone compatible watch.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."