Neptune Pine - Its a watch, not an Air Freshener

posted Feb 20, 2013, 2:46 PM by Kevin Zhao   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 2:48 PM ]

Neptune Pine is not a new air freshener. Neptune Pine, for those who haven’t head the latest hype surround the Canadian invention, is the world’s first fully independent “smartwatch”. It has all the capabilities of a smartphone and all can be done independently, without the presence of a smartphone. However, the Neptune Pine is a literal handful of impracticality, being inefficiently designed and offering, really, no innovative functions.

At 2.4 inches, the Neptune Pine is incredibly tiny in comparison to current smartphones on the market; the majority boasting screens of at least 4 inch displays (6.1cm and 10.2cm respectively for those unfamiliar with imperial measurements). Of course, this modest size fits with their concept however there is a lingering question of ergonomics. With the younger generations becoming more technologically involved, the effect on eyesight and posture caused by a product with such a small screen is incredibly worrying. There’s a general deterioration in eyesight levels already and a product such as this isn’t the way to go to try and reverse it.

The Neptune Pine does not score well in terms of practicality. The on screen keyboard which fills three quarters of the display means that the user must take off the watch before accessing a number of functions. Typing can only be achieved by using one finger, and this may not seem like much but taking into account that a smartphone is now an item used quite often, the Neptune Pine may prove to be more hassle than it’s worth.

Having a phone constantly on your hand sounds good, but there is the problem of keeping the watch clean and functional. Does this mean every time you wash your hands, you have to take off the watch?

And then comes the dilemma that has plagued smartphones and touchscreen gadgets alike. Battery life. The Pine, with all of its fancy features such Quad-band GSM and Bluetooth 4.0 probably wouldn’t even last a day of regular use. It would have been a much better idea to just have the watch be a Bluetooth headset with a screen that you can look at to check basic notifications instead of being a complete substitute.

One advantage of having a smartphone like an iPhone or Android device is the ability to install applications off their respective stores. The Neptune Pine with its small size most likely cannot run apps similar to the iTunes App Store such as Temple Run. It will probably be preloaded with programs with the inability to install additional ones. And since this is still a concept, the actual specifications of the watch may change in the future. Do you think this watch is a worthwhile investment?