So a little while ago, back in December last year, I decided to back my first Kickstarter campaign. A new upstart company with an idea for a smartwatch that does it all. The device was a beast, more like something the Predator would wear rather than a normal person, but I loved the idea of it.
The device was due to ship in January this year, optimistic in most peoples eyes, but nonetheless the backers were excited. So what do I think about my new gadget? Well, it’s still not here, and the company behind the Pine are jumping from one story to the next.
There have been all sorts of reasons for delays, but the worst part about the Neptune Pine, is the inconsistent updates coming from the company, and thats when they even bother to update backers. Most people understand that backing something on Kickstarter is different to just buying a product, but when the company you are backing outright lies or withholds information, the backers start to get a little annoyed.
At this point I find myself skeptical about whether or not the Pine will ever actually ship. The updates that have come from Neptune haven’t been positive, with models getting cancelled, straps that don’t work, and features that can’t be included yet for one reason or another.
So what’s the point in this post? Nothing really, I just fancied a bit of a rant. Something so interesting and exciting, ruined by a lack of clear and open communication. If Neptune had have just been open throughout this process then the backers would be in a much happier, patient, state of mind.
Looks like I will just have to wait for a new piece of wearable tech to come along and take my fancy!
So wearable tech seems to be all the rage right now. We have Google Glass just around the corner and wrist watches that pair up with our smartphones. Despite the torrent of new devices flooding the market I’m yet to be blown away by any.
There’s a few nice little devices I’ve played with. I’m intrigued by Samsung’s Galaxy Gear but it’s lack of compatibility is pretty disappointing. It’s got a whole range of features but I really don’t fancy changing my phone just to use a smart watch. I’ve had a good play with the Gear and it’s a very responsive device. The camera is pretty good quality but I can’t understand why it doesn’t just have a front facing camera instead? I’m sure Samsung will address the devices short comings with the Galaxy Gear 2 and hopefully throw in some compatibility with other devices.
On the other hand we have Sony’s Smart Watch which is compatible with most Android devices but it lacks features. It’s really a fancy second screen for your smartphone with no real ability to interact with whats happening on your device. You get a notification and in order to interact you have to pull out your smartphone. Pointless really.
I’ve just backed the Neptune Pine on Kickstarter. It’s a nice looking device with loads of potential. It can do pretty much everything my smartphone can but it is a little large. It can be used as a phone thats strapped to your wrist or you can download a companion app onto your smartphone and use the Neptune Pine as a feature packed smart watch. It’s a powerful little beast and packs a front facing camera so video calls on the go could get interesting. I’ll get my device sometime in January so I’ll write a review on it when it arrives.
2013 hasn’t been a fantastic year for wearable tech but I believe 2014 will see a massive range of devices storming into the market and hopefully they will be far better than what we have on offer right now.