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Smartwatches aren't exactly unheard of in the tech world, they have for long been in the news now. Tech manufacturers like Sony and Palm have already introduced smartwatch devices to the consumers, but these devices merely act as extensions of the samrtphones.
Some of them do run on mobile operating systems and let you run apps or even perform functions like making calls or replying to texts that you usually do on your handsets. However, all of these devices have one thing in common, they need to remain connected to smartphones in order to operate. Of course, they communicate with your phones wirelessly, but still that does not make them independent devices.
Here is the interesting part, a bunch of youngsters from India have raced ahead of all the tech giants to launch the first ever fully independent and fully featured smartwatch, dubbed as Androidly. To make things more interesting, the designer of the watch is only 17 years old.
Androidly comes with a 2 inch 320x240 capacitative touchscreen display, a built in 2 mp camera, 416 MhZ processor, 256 MB RAM, support for external memory via SD card up to 16 GB, built in microphone. It runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with connectivity features including Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi.
You can make calls on the device with a regular phone SIM card and pug it into a USB socket, to use it as a storage device. You will also be able to charge the watch via USB as well.
Priced at £150 (Rs.13,665 Approximately) Androidly has been developed by four Indian students - Ankit Pradhan, communications professional Pavneet Singh Puri, lawyer Apurva Sukant and teenager Siddhant Vats.
"There are other such products in the market, but they mostly sync with a smartphone and are not phones in themselves. We have ported Android on to a much smaller board and built a wearable phone," said Sukant in a report by Times Of India.
The inspiration behind the device is rather an interesting one - "We have all been friends for years now and would hang out at Rajinder da Dhaba a lot. I was a member of my college student council then and was getting a lot of calls regarding the college fest. That day, my phone rang at a time when my hands were dripping with chicken curry. And I just couldn't retrieve it from my pocket," said Puri in the same report.
"Later, over dessert, we discussed the episode and figured that things can be made much easier if the device is always within reach, accessible and visible. Making it a wristwatch seemed to be the most practical solution," added Vats.
There have been rumors that tech giants Apple and Google are working on similar devices, but companies have to chose to remain silent about it.
Androidly is available in black, grey and white colour options and you can order them from getandroidly.com. You will be able to download various apps such as Facebook, twitter, YouTube directly from Google Play.