Turns out those leaks of the BlackBerry Bluetooth companion watch were dead on: The Allerta InPulse Bluetooth companion watch—not a watchphone—isn't actually a RIM product, and should ship in February for $US150. So what does it do?
Think of it as an extender for your BlackBerry, or a wrist-mounted dashboard. It won't place calls or composes texts; its really just there to give you a heads-up and preview whenever your BlackBerry mothership gets a call, receives a message, or has some other being-a-BlackBerry-related news to share with you. Also, yes: It's a watch. It may not do a whole lot, but the hardware sounds nice, for what it's worth:
* 1.3" full colour organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) display * Bluetooth® v2.0+EDR * 150 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery * Glass lens and full metal body * 22mm interchangeable wrist band * Vibrating motor * Micro-USB port (for charging) * Over-the-air firmware updates * Dimensions: 51mm height x 38mm width x 12mm depth
Allerta, which totally sounds like a prescription mood drug, says the watch'll last for four days on a single charge, which is respectable, considering that it doesn't look too hideously large. The InPulse will communicate with any BlackBerry running OS 4.3 or above by means of a free companion app. The watch, though, isn't quite as cheap: It'll ship for $US150 in February, though it's available for preorder now. One thing though: This is a nice render and all and the product doesn't smell like vapour, but why can't we see a picture of this thing? [InPulse via CrackBerry]