Casio’s two new watches are smart, but they aren’t smartwatches

May 6, 2014
Casio’s two new watches are smart, but they aren’t smartwatches

Casio, who were repsonsible for one of the first smartwatches around, have gone a different direction. While still “smart”, their two new pieces don’t go the way of a digital readout, but offer some context you may need. According to Casio, these are two pieces you “can take from the office to the outdoors without skipping a beat”.

The ERA300B-1AV and ERA 300DB-1A2V are both new to the EDIFICE lineup, and have some neat features you might find useful when out and about. Both models offer a digital compass, which have a needle indicator. When in compass mode, the watch’s second had acts as the needle, with magnetic north displayed in a small digital readout. You can even store directions for later use, sort of like dropping digital breadcrumbs for yourself.

A built-in thermometer allows users to “plan out their day based on current temperatures”, and each is waterproof to 100 meters. A countdown timer, four alarms, and stopwatch round out the features we’ll find useful day-to-day.

Both designs have a black watch face and IP bezel. The 1AV has a black resin band accented with orange accents. The 1A2V keeps a more stylish appearance, offering up a stainless steel band with subdued blue and white accents. Both will be available this month, and retail for $330 and $380, respectively.

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