It is not every day you come across a watch that does more than telling time. The Mutewatch is a watch from the future. At first glance, it looks like a bracelet of rubber for $259 (pricy, but don’t let that fool you!). Simplying by a tap or flick it reveals to be much more.
Mutewatch is a clock + a “time management tool” by setting quick wrist-felt vibrating reminders during the course of the day. Normally, clocks have physical buttons but this one instead has a touch-sensitive section with LEDs, an ambient light sensor, a motion sensor, and a vibrating motor for alarms (very cool!).
While unboxing the Mutewatch, I came to realize that the rendering on the box were nearly identical to the watch itself (excellent). The watch is made from a flexipble TPU with a soft-touch feel, and overall the watch feels great to wear. The watch is also supposed to be water resistant enough to survive washing dishes. Unfortunately, it is not serviceable if something happens to the watch inside. The watch is available in three colors (gray, white, and red). Personally, I like the gray one the best and the watch is sleek looking. The strap’s size only offers maximum length of just over 7-inches, which causes it to not fit larger wrists. Luckily, it would fit my wrist comfortably.
After I was done unboxing the Mutewatch, I had to charge it via USB. Folding back the strap reveals a hidden USB stick, which is also used for software updates. A 3 inch extension cable is also provided to charge the Mutewatch. Charging time is about 2 hours. Since the watch does a lot, I was surprised to find out that the watch lasted more than 5 days on a charge. Apparently, if the watch isn’t used for a week, it’ll go into a hibernation mode to preserve its battery.
One thing, which is very interesting, is that this watch is designed to be worn under the wrist. Most watches are worn above the wrist. However, since the placement of the screen is under the wrist, it did make it uncomfortable to type.
The touch panel on the Mutewatch uses nine capacitive panels and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the intensity of its LEDs. It worked flawlessly for me. By flicking your wrist or a single tap brings up the display, allowing you to wipe sequentially back and forth through its menus: the clock, up to five alarms, vibration length and a timer (up to an hour). Unfortunately, the clock only displays in military time. I hope in the near future there’s a way to change this via a software update. Setting the time or an alarm is super simple and only required a few swipes. I was surprised by how intuitive the interface for a digital watch this was.
Mutewatch’s coolest feature is vibrations, which helps you manage time. The SH-RT mode gives a quick bzz bzz, while its L0-NG mode gives out longer buzzes for up to a minute unless a sequence of LEDs is tapped to disable it. In addition, the watch senses how movement is going on and automatically adjusts the strength of the vibes, which get stronger with less movement.
To conclude, the Mutewatch is a unique gadget that offers an interesting watch wearing experience. If you are willing to spend $259 for a watch, I’d highly recommend purchasing one.
Disclosure: The Mutewatch was provided free of charge via Mutewatch.