Casio Unveils Smart Watch for the Outdoors
The smart watch suited to mountain men and triathletes alike.
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Casio on Tuesday added a brand new "Smart Outdoor Watch" to its line of high-tech, multi-purpose watches. The WSD-F10 is built to "U.S. military specifications," including water resistance up to 50 feet.
Unlike other smartwatches and wearable gadgets from the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Asus, this new Casio is specifically built for outdoorsy people. Specifically, the Android Wear-compatible device features a variety of applications for trekking, cycling, and fishing. This almost-triathlete of smart watches can be configured to send information on conditions related to speed, distance, sunrise, tide, and even fish activity on a need-to-know basis.
The WSD-F10's sensor tech includes a compass, accelerometer, gyrometer, and atmospheric pressure gauge. Out of the box, it comes equipped with three apps: MyRadar, Viewranger, and Runkeeper, as well as Google services including Gmail, voice search, Google Maps, Google Fit, and weather. Users can download additional programs through Android Wear and connect the device to the Casio app on their phone or mobile device.
A dual-layer (monochrome and color) LCD offers an interesting design component that essentially allows users to switch between analog and digital displays. Obviously, the apps and measurement data need to be displayed in color, but users can save the device's battery life by switching to Timepiece Mode, which displays data in monochrome.
The TOOL button on the upper right does not automatically start playing Lateralus, but it does serve a nifty purpose. When pressed, the WSD-F10 will display data related to compass direction, air pressure, altitude, tide graphs, "activity graphs," and times for sunrise and sunset. Essentially, it gives you real-time information about your environment and activity levels.
Casio plans to ship the WSD-F10 this April for a suggested retail price of $500.