The VEA Buddy Bluetooth smart watch is another smart watch project seeking funding via crowd sourcing. The phenomenal success of the Pebble smart watch Kickstarter project has spawned a number of smart watch crowd sourcing projects.
Like the Pebble, the VEA Buddy communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth. It functions like an extension of the smartphone unlike other smart watches like the Neptune Pine and the Wime Nanowatch that can function independently from a smartphone.
The VEA Buddy is universal and works with all smartphones and tablets.
According to the VEA Buddy’s project website on Indiegogo, the watch allows the user to display caller information and vibrate when receiving a call. You can also reject a call and see your calls history.
Other notifications that you can receive from your smartphone are SMS, MMS, emails, appointments and notifications from social apps like Facebook and Twitter.
Interestingly, you can also received GPS guidance from the phone. This would be a useful feature as it is much easier to make quick glances to your watch for directions especially when you are cycling or walking for instance.
Other functions listed on the Indiegogo page include remote control of music playback and even viewing photos and images from the phone. I have no idea why would anyone want to view photos on a tiny watch face when you have a much bigger and better screen on your phone but the function is there if you need it. Last but not least, it can also tell time.
There isn’t much details on hardware specification but the screen is listed as a 2″ capacitive touch screen. The VEA Buddy uses Bluetooth 4.0 and has 8 GB memory. It has a single button on the lower left corner and a USB port. Battery life is given as 10 days which is quite impressive.
VEA is hoping to raise $320,000 and to date it has raised about 10% of the target. The first 200 early bird units at $99 are already all gone. If you want one now, you need to contribute at least $150 for a black model while the colored ones cost an extra $10. We will be keeping a close eye on the VEA Buddy to see how it fares.