Olio Model One, A Cross Platform Smartwatch

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Smartwatches are a growing space, with Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei and Apple (to name just a few) the market is already starting to get saturated. So is there room for yet another smartwatch? Maybe one that works with both Android and iOS? Enter the Olio Model One. There are two SKU’s of the Olio Model One, a silver edition priced at $595 and a black edition priced at $745. Not cheap but also not as expensive as what Apple is charging for their Apple Watch. The Olio Model One will come with a leather and matching steel band so that’s a plus already. There are 500 initial units up for pre-order and orders should be shipping summer 2015.

The Olio’s 47mm case is constructed of 316L stainless steel with hand-polished accents and the front and back have Ion-Exchange glass with added wireless charging coils in the back end. The entire watch is water resistant not water proof, there is a difference. The software works with iOS8 and above as well as with Android 4.3 and above. Battery life is said to be up to two days with an added offline feature that preserves the battery life for an added few days. From the looks of it the Olio is what I believe a smartwatch should be:  a notification center, although the Olio does incorporate a swipe-based interface. Olio has also included what they call “Olio Assist” which is a cloud based assitant not unlike Siri or Google Now with extra functions like controlling third party devices like locks, cars, speakers and music.


Overall the Olio looks like a slick watch but as with everything, it all comes down to price. Starting at $595 that’s a lot of coin to put down on a watch. It still remains to be seen if the masses will want to spend that much and it remains to be seen if companies can convince people that they need it. What do you think of the Olio Model One? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: Phone Dog
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