Foxconn beats Apple to the punch, demos its own smartwatch

By on June 27, 2013, 4:30 PM
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Apple may indeed be working on a smartwatch but one of their closest partners, Foxconn, has beaten them to the punch. During a recent shareholders meeting, the company demoed a new smartwatch that is able to connect to an iPhone wirelessly and display incoming call information as well as posts on Facebook according to Want China Times.

Other features reportedly include the ability to monitor the wearer’s heartbeat, respiration and other vital statistics. In the event that something is awry – perhaps your heartbeat is a bit too rapid – the device can even offer up some steps to take to get things back to normal.

That’s just the start, however, as Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said the company plans to tap into their wireless and medical research divisions to add fingerprint recognition to the watch. The addition will allow users to monitor personal health in greater detail.

One has to wonder what Apple makes of this news as most believe Foxconn is a key partner in the manufacturing of their rumored iWatch. Just last month, a rumor surfaced claiming Foxconn had accepted an order to produce a trial run of 1,000 smartwatches from Cupertino. We still have no idea when that rumored watch will debut and Apple probably isn’t in any great hurry to rush it to market.

No word yet on when the Foxconn timepiece will hit retail outlets or how much it will cost.




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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Out of all the new smart watches, which of them have stainless steel casings?

1 person liked this | Timonius Timonius said:

...and which ones will have greater than a year of battery life?

Guest said:

But why would they release their own smartwatch if Apple is working on their own? Maybe Apple isn't working on a watch per se...

David Andrews David Andrews said:

Why do these new smart watches seem to have 'how do I healthy?' functionality baked in?

Not that I ever feel the need to know on a regular basis, but I can check my pulse-rate by holding my fingers on my carotid. I am quite active, fit and healthy. Who needs apps for this?

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I love this. Apples partner beating them to the punch... I guess that ends that partnership. C'mon Apple, sue 'em, That's what you do best.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Why do these new smart watches seem to have 'how do I healthy?' functionality baked in?

Not that I ever feel the need to know on a regular basis, but I can check my pulse-rate by holding my fingers on my carotid. I am quite active, fit and healthy. Who needs apps for this?

Runners and bikers who don't want to take out a phone and unlock it to check their pace, heart rate or distance.

I love this. Apples partner beating them to the punch... I guess that ends that partnership. C'mon Apple, sue 'em, That's what you do best.

Yup, first thing I thought of too... Who's left over in Asia that can make processors for them? TMSC?

I assume the watch in the picture is photo-shopped. Apple lost a lawsuit over that clock design. [link]

JC713 JC713 said:

I like Sony's watch better.

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