One of the most creative manufacturers of wearable technology, Fossil Group, will soon launch three funky wearable devices in collaboration with Kate Spade New York..
New York accessories company Kate Spade will launch the wearable tech trio under a 2015 licensing agreement with Fossil Group who are endeavoring to launch 100 connected fashion accessories by the end of 2016.
The brands and launches involved include the upcoming Michael Kors Access watches as well as Diesel, Skagen and Emporio Armani. The Kate Spade collection will be featuring one hybrid smartwatch and two fitness trackers. The supercute set is mainly targeting women and teenagers.
The smartwatch and two fitness trackers are all geared to provide 24/7 companionship, helping you to track activities and sleep. Along with fitness tracking, the Kate Spade branded companion app will offer selfie-control, complete music backing, receiving call and text notifications, time zone updates and countdown of days, hours and minutes to your scheduled events.
Design of the Trio
This might be the cutest launch in the wearable category, targeting a twenty-something audience with a bang. The set of designer wearables by Kate Spade bonds technology with style and class.
The cutest and costliest of the trio is the hybrid smartwatch, which comes in pink color with champagne bubbles. The bubbles rise up to the word “Cheers!” It will also be available in variation and in a set of two with a black leather strap. The available color variations will be black and rose gold, gray and silver tone, and vachetta and gold tone.
We’re not too sure exactly how “smart” Kate Spade’s smartwatch is yet, as the specs remain behind moderately tight lips. The word “hybrid” gives us clue though, it looks more like a smart analog watch than a full-on smartwatch, which means it doesn’t have a touchscreen.
Bangle Tracker Design
The wrist bangle has been specially designed to “not” look like the average activity tracker; with its philosophical “Seize the Day” message on the side, it looks more like a fancy piece of smart jewelry. The color variations available for the bangle are gold-tone and white mother of pearl, stainless steel and white mother of pearl and rose gold-tone and pink cat’s eye.
The only funky piece from the trio which comes in complete black and parades a center “Spade” signature icon. It’s ahead of its counterparts in terms of fashion, and will be available in solid, glitter, stripe, dots and cat-ear variations.
The two fitness trackers and one smartwatch are all compatible with iPhone and Android. The Kate Spade New York app will be a branded program, based on the Fossil Q app.
Apart from being sweet on the eye, another attractive thing about the Kate Spade wearables is that they never need to be charged. The fitness bangles likely offer a battery life similar to the Misfit Shine (6 months) which uses a CR2032 coin cell battery. The smartwatch might offer a battery life similar to the Swiss made Horological smart analog watches, which run for around 2 years. We’ll find out soon enough.
The Kate Spade New York wearable technology collection will be sold at prices ranging from $150 – $250 USD. The hybrid smartwatch is labeled with a retail cost of $250, and the bangle and silicone tracker will set you back $150, each.
Kate Spade is targeting the release of the silicone tracker from September 2016 onward. The smartwatch and bangle tracker will be available two months later in November. For starters, the designer wearables will be available direct from the official website, specialty stores and very few selected retailers.
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