Turn Any Watch into a Smartwatch

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Mon, Nov 9th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Bloomberg brings to attention Chronos, a small metal disc that can easily be attached behind any analogue watch, effectively turning it into a smartwatch of sorts. The device provides for custom notifications, fitness tracking, as well as the ability to control your phone using taps and gestures.

The other big function of Chronos is notifications. Chronos has really dug deep into iOS to make sure the experience is as rich as possible, and it has done a great job. Each type of notification can be assigned one of eight vibration patterns and one of six colors of LED flashes (or no lights at all). There are two tiers of notifications: person-specific and app-specific. For the former, you can assign a contact her own combination and get that vibration and flash whenever she contacts you, whether it's through a phone call, an e-mail, or a WhatsApp message. Apps can also get their own patterns, which will be the default unless a contact has a special pattern assigned. The breadth of natively integrated apps is great, including Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter all from launch.

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