Hot Watch

Sleek Hot Watch makes hands-free calls with style (hands-on)

While we wait for mainstream electronics makers such as Samsung and Apple to enter the fledgling smartwatch market, more-nimble startups are already there pushing the boundaries of this emerging category. For example, the new Hot Watch created by PHTL is an extremely innovative product that boasts exciting new features I've never seen before.

The timepiece sports a directional-mic-and-speaker combo in the strap for chatting hands-free with a virtual handset when your actual phone is out of reach. It also uses wild gesture controls implemented with a hand wave or via its touch screen for a unique human interface. It's something even the vaunted Pebble Watch or contenders like the Sony Smartwatch can't touch. The folks behind this device were kind enough to let me take a working prototype for a brief spin, and I have to say, I was impressed with the experience.

Design
Measuring a mere 8mm thick, the Hot Watch is the thinnest high-tech timepiece I've seen personally. Indeed it's much more svelte than the Pebble or even tiny Sony SmartWatch. The prototype I handled, the second generation and close to the final product, lacked any physical buttons. Instead the device relies on its small e-ink LCD touch screen for primary user interaction.

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