Thursday, 20 March 2014
Earlier today Google released it's much anticipated Android Wear, an operating system for smart-watches and almost immediately announcements emerged from an assortment of technology companies, with a number of new 'wrist-wear' devices.
Most of these devices are called smart-watches and are at most 'in-between' devices, that function in accompaniment with a smart-phone. Similarly the Rufus Cuff has emerged as a real life Star-Trekesque 'wrist communicator'
The Rufus is a wrist communicator that can pair either with an iphone or Android smartphone, The cuff has an exceptionally large screen although the band that attaches to your wrist appears to have a fairly normal looking size band!
The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat with a 400 x 240 3 inch display and it has a front facing camera for video chat. The cuff is powered by a Cortex A8 processor and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0.
In order to accomplish the myriad number of uses the cuff needs to be kept tethered to your smart-device (at least when your out of Wifi range) which means that it'll be constantly tethering data from your smart-device while your on the go. On the upside the cuff can access both your phone's voice control and music playback capabilities.
The following video demonstrates some of it's capabilities.
The device was developed by Rufus Labs CEO Gabe Grifoni and has recently stated future versions may become a standalone with SIM capabilities.
The Rufus Cuff recently launched it's crowd-funding campaign and if your interested in acquiring your own Rufus Cuff than head on over to it's Indiegogo page and help bring it to market. The company hopes to attain it's $250,000 within a month and at the time of writing this has picked up over US$15,000.