Neptune Duo inexplicably reverses the roles of smartphones and smartwatches
The parents behind the enormous and retro (however not fairly helpful) Neptune Pine smartwatch are again — and this time they’re aiming to flip know-how paradigms. Their new product, the Neptune Duo, is made up of two acquainted wanting units that do not work the best way you’d anticipate. The Neptune Hub is a chunky wristband that really homes all the know-how you’d usually discover in a smartphone, and it is accompanied by the Neptune Pocket, a 5-inch display that simply serves as a wi-fi dummy show for the Hub. The thought, in accordance its 20-yr-previous creator Simon Tian, is to evolve our relationship with wearables. As an alternative of getting your wearable be dependent in your smartphone, Neptune is inverting that notion utterly. The one drawback? Tian nonetheless is not fairly clear on why, precisely, you’d need to do this.
After elevating greater than $800,000 on Kickstarter for the unique Neptune Pine, Tian and his small staff possible felt emboldened to push boundaries even additional with their subsequent undertaking. However, on this case, they could have gone a bit too far. The non-functioning prototypes we tried on felt method too uncomfortable to put on all day, and we have been additionally skeptical of Neptune’s means to maintain a strong wi-fi connection going between the 2 units. It is annoying sufficient to cope with apps crashing and reception points on our smartphones, who wants one other inevitable level of failure? Tian talked about that having your core gadget in your wrist may be safer than carrying it round in your pocket, however that argument additionally feels skinny (thieves have been snatching watches far longer than smartphones, in any case).
Finally, the Neptune Duo reeks of a tool constructed by geeks for geeks, however with little considered how regular individuals truly use know-how. We will not think about too many individuals can be wanting to commerce of their slim smartphones for an enormous sci-fi film prop. And there are nonetheless loads of usability considerations to to cope with, just like the mere act of taking telephone calls troublesome. You need to use the wearable’s speakerphone or a wi-fi headset to talk with individuals, however you possibly can’t take calls over the Pocket (although that looks like the obvious solution to reply calls). We might have a bit extra religion within the challenge if we noticed the Duo working, however proper now it is only a dumb prototype.
In the event you’re nonetheless intrigued (regardless of the various pink flags), you possibly can preorder the Neptune Duo at this time beginning at $forty nine down, with $649 due at cargo. You can too pledge extra money up entrance for a reduction: $199 down with $399 due later, or go all in for $498. The corporate expects to start out delivery the Duo by the top of the yr.