Casio America unveiled its first Android Wear smartwatch during the CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch is tested to military standard specifications. The devices costs $500 and it will be available in April.
Casio designed its Android Wear smartwatch to endure the toughness of the outdoors. The device is waterproof and shockproof to US Military MIL-STD-810 standards, which means that it can withstand being underwater as deep as 50 meters. Most smartwatches will only survive being submerged in a 1.5-meter deep water.
Casio smartwatch can endure rugged outdoor activities
According to Casio, the WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch can endure a variety of rugged activities because it is integrated with tough performance and sensor technologies.
The smartwatch offers useful applications for outdoor activities such as cycling, fishing, and trekking. The device is also integrated with dedicated apps that measure the changes in the natural environment and track activity levels.
Consumers can also load the device with their own apps to expand the features for their outdoor activities, according to the company.
Some of Android Wear apps that come with the WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch are the ViewRanger GPS app for trekking, the Runkeeper fitness app, and the MyRadar Weather app.
The smartwatch is integrated with a pressure sensor, compass, and accelerometer. The upper right tool button displays the compass direction, air pressure, altitude, the sunrise and sunset times, tide graphs, and activity graphs.
Casio said the WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch is equipped with an audio for everyday use in rain and around water. The devices meet the testing requirements under different environmental conditions including shock and vibration. It is connected to the Casio Moment Setter+smartphone app to provide timing opportunities for outdoor activities.
Casio smartwatch battery life can last one month
The face of the smartwatch features a dual layer display with monochrome and color LCDs. According to the company, users have the option to display measurement data and app in color.
The battery of the smartwatch lasts more than a day in normal use. Users can set the smartwatch to the “Timepiece Mode” to extend the battery life to more than one month. The device will only display the watch data in monochrome when set in this mode.
Casio designed that smartwatch for everyday use, therefore, it is easy to use. Its operating buttons are large and feature a slip-free finish to allow users operate it with gloves on. The wristband is made from soft urethane plastic that conforms to the wrist. Users will be comfortable wearing the watch for extended periods.
Since the 1970s, Casio has been developing watches. The company started producing PDAs and cellular phones during the 1990s. Casio is leveraging its technology and experience in watches and information devices to continue to develop wrist devices that offer true value to consumers.