Back in 2013 Neptune had a Kickstarter project for a standalone smartwatch that much resembled a Pipboy from Fallout, called the Neptune Pine. It was a beast of a device for your wrist that ran Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Since then it looks like they have focused a bit more on design and made the device more sleek with the Neptune Hub.
The Neptune Hub is a standalone smartwatch with a quad-core processor, 4G/3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and NFC in a small package. It totes a 1000 mAh battery – a huge improvement over the 320 mAh of that of a Moto 360. For the software on board it will be running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Neptune’s idea for the future of electronics is that every device won’t have the hardware in it to be functional on their own. With technology shrinking in size they believe that you could have a dumb device that the watch can pair with in order to function on that, whether it is a phone, tablet, laptop, or a TV. Think of it like a Chromecast for every device that you would have.
Which brings me to the Duo part of the Neptune Duo. The Neptune Hub is the smartwatch which comes paired with a pocket screen. This pocket screen doesn’t have any processing power and just serves as an interface for the watch itself for when you want more real estate for texting, browsing the web, or using your favorite social media site. The pocket screen has a 2800 mAh battery and doubles as an external battery for the Hub itself to be able to recharge it on the go.
They aim to make the screens interchangeable so if you forget yours at home you could easily borrow someone else’s to use temporarily. All of your data would be stored on the hub to make it more secure.
The Duo is scheduled to be released late 2015 with a $798 price point. If you pledge $199 now you only have to pay $399 at shipping to save $200. The technology seems very interesting and I have always wanted to have the option of replacing my phone with a watch and this might be able to make it possible finally.
What do you think about ditching your phone for a watch? Would the pocket screen that comes with the Duo be enough of a selling point to make you switch? Let us know in the comments, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.
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