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  • Will This Italian iPhone Wristwatch Ever Exist?


    Vaporware is one of the things that keep the mobile market interesting. For every product that comes to market, there's another dozen vapor devices that promise to be the greatest thing since sliced bread but ultimately never progress beyond the planning stage. Today, we got word of a new product that has all the hallmarks of vapor, with a slick marketing video and an astronomical price to match. Get ready for the i'mWatch, which will supposedly put all the functionality of the iPhone on your wrist... plus white gold and diamonds, if you want, for about $20,000.

    Italian entrepreneur Manuel Zanella founded the "virtual mobile operator" Zeromobile, and also teamed up with Massimiliano Bertolini to market alcohol-free "WineZero." Now, Zanella and Bertolini are together again to try and create the Italian version of the popular crowdsourced-funding site Kickstarter, for which they've reserved the domain name www.doooing.it. The first project seeking funding on doooing.it is - big surprise! - another Zanella/Bertolini venture: a luxury watch that wirelessly connects to your iPhone. The really, really awkward name "i'mWatch" might have something to do with the doooing.it site, since im.doooing.it has kind of a nice ring to it. But who knows.

    Anyway, there's very little hard information about the watch, other than the fact that it will use the iPod nano's 240x240 touchscreen but somehow curve it (which, if it was actually possible, would be a great improvement on the chunky nano-watch hybrids we've seen so far) and that it will be available in merely expensive titanium for €599, really expensive yellow gold, white gold, black gold or (ugh) pink gold for €11,999... or absurdly expensive white gold encrusted with diamonds for €14,999. You can even get your name engraved on the thing for only another €2,000 - though the first 100 buyers will get that thrown in for free.

    Apparently, this (apparently imaginary) watch is already really popular in Dubai, as the two entrepreneurs assure us that "there are already many bookings for the more expensive and exclusive versions" in the Gulf emirate. They also claim that they are working out an exclusive agreement for distribution in "all Middle East countries," where presumably it's easier to sell watches for the price of a car. They say - presumably in all seriousness - that they will start shipping in September and have already raised over €6,000 on doooing.it, most of that probably from the rich (and gullible) oil sheiks of Dubai.

    If this thing actually comes to market, I'll be very, very surprised. However, I'll also be near the front of the line to drop €599 (about $867 US) for the titanium version: this watch is that cool. More pictures are available on the "i'm" website.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Will This Italian iPhone Wristwatch Ever Exist? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      wrist watch phone. Bad concept.
      I can just see people swinging their arm around trying to get better reception, talking to their watch like Secret Service people. Next thing you know they will make ankle bracelet phone and talking to their feet...

      Edit: it is only connecting to a device wirelessly? So carrying 2 things on you instead of 1?
      Umm even if it's not a watch got a better quick way to get good reception? When it's a phone you swing your arm to

      I think it's cool but I would rather have the bigger screen but if I had the money I'd buy both
    1. iDeadman's Avatar
      iDeadman -
      I saw a similar watch like this before being called the "iwatch". Used the same concept and would connect through an iPhone through bluetooth. It was a third party developer and never saw the day of light. That was over a year ago, however like mentioned above, never say never.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by LamboFan View Post
      Never say never.
      I will fight for forever....
      Up up up up never say never
      id wear it
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      Time to save up O.O
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is like those damn wrist calculators of the early 90's. Nobody that wore them was cool then. Nobody that wears this will be cool now.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      I want one naow!!
    1. Spaceman1701's Avatar
      Spaceman1701 -
      I would instantly buy a watch that controlled my iphone while it is in the belt holster. As long as it wasnt some cheap crap that only controlled ipod or something.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      Umm even if it's not a watch got a better quick way to get good reception? When it's a phone you swing your arm to

      I think it's cool but I would rather have the bigger screen but if I had the money I'd buy both
      What I was seeing is trying to get good reception and accidentally punch someone out.
      I always make a fist when I look at my watch, naturally my hand would be a fist when I use this thing.
    1. broncosi's Avatar
      broncosi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      id buy one i wear an ipod nano on my wrist as a watch every day
      I was gonna say! whats the difference besides the phone feature with this: IWatchz Q Collection Watchband For IPod Nano (6th Generation) - Black - Reviews & Prices @ Yahoo! Shopping
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      ipod nano + duct tape
      Best of both worlds: state of the art technology and rednecks' secret weapon
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      impossible, and rediculous even as a concept.

      Where would you get the battery? as is, the iphone doesnt have enough battery, let alone having the screen on all day, in a smaller enclosure. Plus, you couldnt possibly fit a PHONE, mic speeaker and chip in this tiny thing!

      Also, people would not be able to get used to talking into the watch. they wouldnt be able to hear it well in crowded environments, and as for style, it would make you look really weird.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      damn thats ugly, I prefer a handheld device and having a larger screen

      it reminds me of when casio made a calculator watch, that was **** too

      Casio Calculator Watch
    1. !zy's Avatar
      !zy -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      wrist watch phone. Bad concept.
      I can just see people swinging their arm around trying to get better reception, talking to their watch like Secret Service people. Next thing you know they will make ankle bracelet phone and talking to their feet...

      Edit: it is only connecting to a device wirelessly? So carrying 2 things on you instead of 1?
      lol but true!!!

      anyway i think it might be i very good product it produced and advertised the right way for example:

      - the address book, phone functions etc...

      +clock
      short app notifocations
      calender reminder
      phone location etc....

      i think it can be made to look and feel like a neccessety of iphones

      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      damn thats ugly, I prefer a handheld device and having a larger screen

      it reminds me of when casio made a calculator watch, that was **** too

      Casio Calculator Watch
      lmfao..... yeah good one, made me remember the tv watch man that was kool, made alot of ppl very pissed off,

      went around ppls house peeking through the windows and changing channells and turning the tv off, damn them good old days
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      You'd think for 15k euros they would maybe possibly probably throw in a name engraving for free for everyone.....but nope!
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      thats so hduhuoh expensive! looks incredible though!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Forget the iPhone, this should be on the new nano



      You're back!
      omg
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Crazy expensive. I'd go with Rolex rather than this. And have iPhone whatever is the current version.
    1. KBI2113's Avatar
      KBI2113 -
      Try playing angry birds on that.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      I would rather bye a nano touch with a cool watch band and save

      http://zedomax.com/blog/2010/11/08/hex-watch-band-turns-your-ipod-nano-into-a-wristwatch/