The leaked inPulse Bluetooth watch for BlackBerry smartphones spotted earlier this month has been officially launched, with manufacturer Allerta offering the wireless timepiece for preorder. $149 gets you a 1.3-inch OLED display that can show previews of emails, SMS and other messages, together with incoming call details and alarms, helping you to decide whether or not to whip your BlackBerry out of your pocket.
The inPulse isn't a phone in itself; instead it hooks up to your BlackBerry via Bluetooth 2.0 and - thanks to an app on the smartphone - basically offers a remote display. All of the settings, including the watch's own time and alarms, are handled by the BlackBerry.
There's both audible and vibrating alerts, and a microUSB port for charging; the software on the BlackBerry itself can be updated OTA. The inPulse has a 150mAh Li-Ion battery, and Allerta claim that's good enough for around 4 days; however, that's showing 20-30 updates per day, which sounds on a low side for the kind of power-user who might find the inPulse appealing. Shipping isn't expected to begin until February 2010, so you'll have some time to wait.
As Ontario goes handsfree, Allerta introduces the inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry
Waterloo, ON - Oct 26 2009. Just as Ontario begins to enforce its cellphone driving ban, Allerta Inc is pleased to announce the inPulse wristwatch for BlackBerry®. Worried about missing an important message on your BlackBerry just because your hands are full? Get handsfree messages and alerts right on your wrist with inPulse.
inPulse is the perfect BlackBerry smartphone accessory - it’s a watch that connects wirelessly to your phone by Bluetooth®, instantly alerting you ofincoming emails, SMS and calls. inPulse extends the functionality of your BlackBerry smartphone, so when you’re in a pinch you can check your inPulse instead of fumbling around with your phone.
A limited first edition inPulse watch can be pre-ordered right now for US $149 at www.freeupyourhands.com
Check your messages quickly and discreetly
Using inPulse, a glance down at your wrist is all it takes to easily check recently received email, SMS and even Twitter messages. New messages are sent directly to your inPulse. Instead of pulling out your phone to figure out who keeps texting you, just keep an eye on your inPulse.
Never miss an important call
Have you ever missed a call because you didn’t hear your phone ringing or couldn’t feel the vibration? inPulse has a built-in vibrating motor which immediately alerts you of incoming calls. Glance down at inPulse to quickly see who is calling.
Visit www.freeupyourhands.com for more info and to purchase.
Allerta Inc is an intelligent consumer electronics start-up out of Waterloo, focused solely on creating cutting edge mobile accessories that mesh perfectly with smartphones and a mobile lifestyle. Allerta recognizes the emerging prominence of smartphones and aims to design useful products that leverage an ‘always-on’ internet connection. Allerta’s first product is inPulse, the world’s first BlackBerry-connected wristwatch.