It seems that more manufacturers are jumping on the wearable bandwagon, with tech giants HP the latest to enter the fray. Reports have surfaced that they are currently working on a ‘luxury’ smartwatch.
HP is reported to be working with the online retailer Gilt and US based designer Michael Bastian, to overcome one of the biggest shortcomings in smartwatch manufacturing; smartwatch design. As most smartwatches today are not exactly appealing to the eye, HP hopes the work of Bastian will yield a device that has a truly premium appearance and feel. In fact, Bastian himself was quoted saying that the design of the upcoming smartwatch was derived from the interior features of luxury cars. It is expected to be of circular design, steel casing with swappable bands in various colours.
As for the software features of the device, it will surprisingly not run on Android Wear but instead on an agnostic platform of HP’s own design. This is a big step taken by HP and if successful, will spur more OEM’s to try their hand at self-manufactured platform. Furthermore, it provides an alternative for users who want something different than smartwatches from the same OEM. As of yet, there is no information on the specifications but we do expect it to arrive in the fall of this year (September). And the price is not announced just yet but do expect it to be at a premium, given its luxury branding.