Think wearables and the smartwatch inevitably springs to mind. With us firmly in the age of the Apple Watch, entrenched stalwarts like the Moto 360 and the Pebble are fighting to stay within the public eye through innovative offerings and novel form factors. All this going on doesn’t mean new ideas can’t spring up, though.
The Cogito Fit attempts to tack on a bit more functionality to a basic smartwatch without resorting to daily charging . Billing itself as the first fashion-forward connected watch on the market, the device not only looks good but also addresses a few limitations of high-end devices. Cogito offers a face with LED icons for basic notifications, straps in a few colors, and a bezel that can be swapped depending on preference.
Feature wise, the Cogito Fit functions like most other smartwatches in its notification capabilities, and when its done alerting someone to what e-mails, SMS, calls, and social media updates they have, a light activity tracker also tracks steps.
A camera trigger and music controls round out the Cogito Fit’s uses. But the icing on the cake is a user never having to charge it with two batteries that keep it powered for months. The Cogito Fit is also priced at a fraction of the price of the Apple Watch at $54. Cogito seeks $100,000 by June 27, 2015. Backers can expect theirs shipped by July 2015.
A good looking connected watch that doesn’t need to be charged every night at a price significantly lower than its competitors ?It comes at a price — no apps and the need to resort back to the phone to find out just what that SMS or tweet said. But iOS and Android users looking for a low-cost alternative to the pricey world of smartwatches have an alternative that’s significantly less geeky.