Former Black Eyed Peas member and music producer, Will.I.Am has produced his latest (need we mention, second) attempt at a wearable phone wristwatch he has dubbed ‘I.Am + Dial’.
The musician’s latest stab at the gadget industry is designed as a smartwatch that functions fully as a phone. The gadget has been described as a ‘wrist-worn, phone-free’ wearable hand device.
The Dial is promoted by the British network Three, at a starting price of £19 (that’s roughly $28 or N7,600).
After that the user follows up with a two-year contract at roughly £25 per month (in the price range of $35 or N10,000).
The Naira equivalents are with the Nigerian unstable exchange rate of at most N400 per pound. It’s yet to be confirmed if the device will be available outside the UK.
The Dial comes with its own 3G SIM card, providing the chance to make a phone call, text and email from one’s wrist. It can also connect to Wi-Fi, though it has no 4G.
It doesn’t have a screen to dial numbers or texts on. All it has is a 1.63-inch AMOLED screen on the watch which comes with a built-in voice-activated system called AneedA, pronounced as in “I need a…”
The user speaks into AneedA for texts and phone calls and the voice-activated system does the rest.
This isn’t Will.I.Am’s first time in the invention market as some of his past products such as his Foto.sosho iPhone case, a triangular speaker backpack and a collaboration with Gucci that never materialised, have caused many to doubt this will be any different.
Still, in the spirit of support, the I.Am + Dial gadget is up for preorder in the UK now.