COOKOO Watch Review: Are You Ready for Wearable Technology?

Cookoo Watch & iPhone

Cookoo Watch & iPhone

The recent buzz on the Google Glass got people to talk more about wearable technology. But how ready are we for this trend?

For a smartphone-in-pocket person like me, I frequently miss an SMS from a friend, or worse, a business call whose ringtone I usually can’t hear from my pants specially when I’m on the move.

Cookoo Watch Black-Silver

Cookoo Watch Black-Silver (my favorite)

I guess it’s time to make the ordinary watch do more. Aside from telling time, would you mind if your wristwatch can also alert you for a new SMS, an email, a call, or a Facebook message?

Put down that bluetooth headset for a while and check out COOKOO, ‘the connected watch‘.

As a wearable extension of your smartphone designed to look like an analog watch, it displays digital icons and information to manage your mobile phone, apps, and social networks. In addition to icons, the COOKOO App can alert the user with a beep or vibration so you’d know even if it’s not in your sight.

Cookoo Watch with the Blue Button

Cookoo Watch with the Blue Button

Cookoo Watch Design: Side

Cookoo Watch Design: Side

Cookoo Watch Battery Area / Back

Cookoo Watch Battery Area / Back

Cookoo Watch SIze

Cookoo Watch sIze compared to a Php 5 Coin

Receives notifications for

  • Incoming calls
  • Missed calls
  • SMS (via Cookoo App 3Q 2013 Update)
  • Facebook messages and posts
  • Twitter mention
  • Calendar reminders
  • Your device is out of range
  • Alarm and Timer alert

Do More

  • Remote Camera Trigger

Yes, you can use your COOKOO watch to remote your phone for specific actions like triggering your camera remotely.

Hello vanity shots from afar without help from anyone! LOL 🙂

  • Facebook Check-in

For those who want to be virtually everywhere, how does a one-click Facebook Check-in sound? COOKOO allows you to share where you are with one press on a button.

Manage Your Music: Play, Pause, Stop, Next:

Manage Your Music: Play, Pause, Stop, Next:

  • Cookoo Low Battery Reminder

    Cookoo Low Battery Reminder

    Lost Phone?

Press a button on your COOKOO and it will sound an alert so you can locate it

  • Low-Bat Reminder

The COOKOO can remind the wearer when your phone’s battery is about to go dead.

Cookoo for Android

Android fans need not fret. Samsung recently released Android SDK libraries to enable the Cookoo Watch to pair and bond with the Samsung Galaxy S4! But maybe that will come at the latter part of the year, if ever. Watch out for that development on the first Android BETA application.

Cookoo Watch Icons & Messages

Cookoo Watch Icons & Messages

Cookoo Watch on Gadget Gambit

Cookoo Watch on Gadget Gambit

Major Pros & Cons

Although, there are a lot of smart watches coming out in the market, reviews raved about the COOKOO for its long battery life sans the charging.

It actually has a separate battery for the LCD panel, another one for the watch itself. The former is estimated to last for about a year while the latter, for 3 years.

On the downside, reviews indicate that sometimes, you might experience random disconnections from your smartphone. But then again, we can never really conclude on that until we have used the Cookoo watch long enough, right?

Cookoo Smart Watch Models

The current Cookoo watch models run on standard CR2032 button-cell battery and uses Bluetooth® 4.0 LE wireless technology. It is compatible with Bluetooth SMART READY devices such as the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Tablets iPad mini, iPad (4th & 3rd generation) [sorry to my iPad 2]), and the iPod touch (5th generation).

)”]Cookoo Watch Colors R-L : Special Edition, Black, Silver/Black, White, Blue, and Pink (in next photo)

Cookoo Watch Colors R-L : Special Edition, Black, Silver/Black, White, Blue, and Pink (in next photo)

Cookoo Watches in Power Mac Center Trinoma

Cookoo Watches in Power Mac Center Trinoma

The Future of Smart Watches & Wearable Technology

Although not really a new or an innovative idea, I think the integration of the traditional watch with the smartphone craze can be a hit for two major reasons: fashion and functionality.

The former because as wristwatches have stood the test of time (literally), consumers will continue to wear them for aesthetic purposes. Secondly, with the COOKOO API released to third party developers, expect more developments with the COOKOO watch functions.

More-so for wearable technology in general, expect more new innovative wearable gadgets to be introduced.

Cookoo Watch in the Philippines brought in by ThinkScape

Cookoo Watch in the Philippines brought in by ThinkScape

So how much is the Cookoo smart watch? The Cookoo watch price in the Philippines is at P 6,500 (2 batteries + 1 extra battery included). Get it from all Power Mac Center branches in the Philippines. I want the black-silver one. 😛

 

About Jonel Uy

Jonel Uy is the Chief Creative of GadgetGambit.com. Hailing from UP Diliman with a degree in Computer Science, he is also the Managing Director of Blogger Circles Inc. engaging and amplifying social media campaigns for brands. On Mondays, he teaches information technology classes at a local college.
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