Montblanc Enhances Traditional Watch Functionality with e-Strap Wearable
By Abraham Joseph - Ed
3 January 2015 Montblanc announced the TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap, an interchangeable strap, with an integrated digital device that offers an activity tracker, smart notifications, remote control and Find-Me functions. The device connects, via Bluetooth Low Energy to selected Android and iOS smartphones.
The e-Strap device is encapsulated in a stainless steel case and has an inbuilt touch screen display that is readable in daylight. Depending on usage, the device can last up to five days before it needs to be recharged. Charging is via a standard micro-USB cable.
- Smart notifications provide vibration notification (and enable preview) of e-mails, text messages, incoming calls, social media status updates and appointment reminders
- Activity tracker monitors the wearer´s physical activity over time, keeps track of personal daily goals and prompts the wearer to stay active. The accompanying smartphone application tracks progress weekly and monthly
- Remote control enables the device to control smartphone functions such as taking pictures and playing, pausing, and skipping music
- Find-Me allows the user to search for the watch or phone within a range of 30 meters, either by tapping on the e-Strap to find the smartphone or by using the smartphone application to find the watch.
The e-Strap is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Note 4, selected Android Devices running Android 4.3 and upwards as well as Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 plus.
The e-strap is expected to retail at 350 euros when it becomes available in June.