The Good The $199 Wimm One is a very capable Android-powered smart watch that runs plenty of free apps. It sports a healthy assortment of watch faces, and additional software is available online. The device is stable and simple to set up.
The Bad The staid, prototype design of the Wimm One isn't for everyone. The device lacks a GPS radio and no additional accessories are available.
The Bottom Line The Android-powered Wimm One from Wimm Labs isn't a looker, but this smart watch has the chops to satisfy your inner geek.
Wimm Labs, creator of the innovative Wimm One smart watch, has a dream of pushing the boundaries of mobile computing by giving birth to an entire software platform. And the company sees the $199 Wimm One as a device both powerful and flexible enough to do so. Like the Motorola MotoActv, the gadget runs its own flavor of Android while connecting to smartphones over Bluetooth and wireless networks through Wi-Fi, and operating independently like a tiny, cute, cuddly electronic brain. But unlike those competitors, the Wimm One doesn't fit firmly into the typical consumer electronics mold. Wimm Labs wants the Wimm One to be not just a mere widget but rather a development tool ushering in a vanguard of even more advanced devices. Appropriately, its unpolished looks and beta aesthetics will turn off average shoppers.and
Let's be clear, the Wimm Labs Wimm One won't help you win any fashion kudos. The watch's jet-black rubber wrist strap and blocky accompanying cradle are no-frills to a fault. It has a pure utilitarian look that perhaps only NASA engineers, high-school math teachers, and software engineers could love.
Further heightening its straight-from-the-lab aesthetic is the Wimm One's modular construction. All its processing power, touch screen, sensors, and other components really reside in the Wimm One's austere square chassis. It's essentially a self-contained ultramobile computer powered by a custom version of Android software. Popping in and out of its strap with ease, the gadget is even referred to by Wimm Labs as the Wimm One module.