Wrist communicators could be the future of smartwatches

Credit: Indiegogo

Ever since smartwatches hit the scene, something's been missing. Checking your messages and monitoring the weather are fine and dandy, but the very first smartwatches ever conceived had something that the vast majority of today's tech don't: the ability to place calls. Dick Tracy did it. James Bond did it. We have the tech to do it, but for some reason, most smartwatches out there simply aren't capable of answering calls*.

If you're one of the folks who think that a smartwatch should pack every bit of the technological punch that a smartphone does, then you might want to check out the Rufus Cuff. With a three-inch touchscreen, you can not only read your alerts and messages, but respond to them from your wrist. You can also answer calls via speakerphone or video chat, making the Rufus Cuff nearly a replacement for your smartphone altogether.

The only reason you can't use the Rufus Cuff as a wrist-mounted smartphone is that it lacks an antenna of its own. It relies on your smartphone to actually handle receiving the calls you answer from your wrist. On the other hand, the Rufus Cuff does come with GPS, a lost phone locator, and calorie and step trackers. It's also compatible with both Android and iOS.

At once a single step away from a smartphone on a wristband and one of the more advanced smartwatches out there, this "wrist communicator" is definitely blurring the wearable tech lines. If you're one of the folks who wants more tech on your wrist than you're currently being offered, you can still snap up an early bird Rufus Cuff for $229, deliverable by September.

*The Samsung Galaxy Gear makes calls and so does the HOT Smartwatch, but they require tethering to a smartphone, which kind of defeats the whole standalone calling idea.

Via Indiegogo

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