We got tired of being confined to wearing the same smartwatch that didn't match our style, but we couldn't stop wearing smartwatches because of the functionality it provided. So, we created an interchangeable smartwatch that allows for an isolated cell, which houses all of the technology, to be swapped between different styles of bodies.
We integrate classic wristwatch designs with optimal smartwatch software. Our vision is to re-establish the original purpose of a wristwatch, while offering the valuable core features of a smartwatch. You will never have to sacrifice style for function!
PhoneArena - "Wearable Innovation isn't only in the hands of major corporations like Samsung and Apple"
Wareable - "We've seen smartwatches that let you swap bands or watch cases but Henlen wants you to take the smart internals and move them into another watch body."
Android Headlines - "For those who want something different for different occasions, there’s Henlen, a new Android-powered smartwatch that has just hit Kickstarter and lets the wearer swap the smartphone components into a new watch body with a different style."
The Verge - " Options are always nice"
The Cell (shown above), houses all the technology of a smartwatch, can be swapped between the bodies we provide. This gives you the flexibility of purchasing one cell and ordering which ever body or bodies you like. The main purpose of this is to offer various designs allowing you to switch designs day to day without needing to own more than one smartwatch.
Introducing the Origin Series. Inspired by timeless designs with a modern touch of technology. We embody classic tradition in each of our watch bodies. Using only the finest materials to re-establish the original purpose of a wristwatch; to make a statement.
We wanted the Origin Series to showcase the endless possibilities of what an interchangeable smartwatch can mean to you. By using two different designs, we can clearly differentiate how the designs can be better suited for your different styles.
With the Commander, we have embodied a rugged and strong personality.
Offered in Black or Silver and sporting a black nato strap or tan genuine leather strap respectively. Wherever you go, this will always capture people's attention.
The Covert does not fall short in the style department. With a sleek body, this is better suited for both casual and formal wear.
Sporting very different personalities, this comes in a rose gold body with a chocolate leather strap or a black body with a red leather strap. You can never go wrong with either one.
Note: All our watch and strap combinations come standard but have an easily interchangeable lug so you can easily change straps.
Note: All Watch bodies are constructed from Stainless Steel 316L
Smartwatches are not meant to be a replacements for smartphones, but more so companion. Our Android based OS is built on practicality and elegance; we believe that you should never spend more than 3 seconds to access the information you need throughout your busy day. With precision in mind, all relevant information are no more than a swipe and click away. Our watches ensure you spend your day in the real world, not the digital one.
To achieve the 3 second rule; we had to be concise, organized, efficient, and dynamic.
1) Concise: we use a layered system to give you the most general information first before going into greater depth. By further expanding each tile with a tap, you'll be able to access more and more information. This allowing you to only access the information you want to see at that time without needing to shuffle through countless other information.
We organized notifications into the three main categories found most useful; Messages, Missed Calls & Social Media. By doing so, your notifications are never clustered.
Messages include any conversation or individual notifications such as texts, emails, messaging app notifications. Social media notification such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & much more will be organized here, first by type and then specific notifications.
2) Organized: By completely separating daily notifications, such as weather and events, from unpredictable notifications, such as texts or social media notifications it makes it easier and faster for you to check the weather or your next meeting details.
Daily is self-named. It is the home of all day to day activities, such as weather forecast and the events you have planned in your calendar for that day. We decided to separate notifications and daily information to make it easier to find and keeps your information in a consistent manner. Rather than scrolling through all notifications just to find the weather, it is isolated in one screen along with events.
3) Efficient: Notification control on traditional smartwatches lets you either turn off notifications for both the watch and phone, you can't choose individually. Either both are on or both are off. We think this should change. Our quick settings let you have more control about how you want to receive notifications.
You can either have the phone send the notification while the watch is on mute or have the watch send the notification while your phone is on mute. We got this idea from our CEO, Kyle's smartwatch and phone constantly vibrating at the same time for the same notification. Doesn't make much sense, does it? Along with choosing the method of notification you receive, you will also get status updates such as battery information.
4) Dynamic: With Henlen OS, you never feel like you are opening another app or switching pages. Everything flows nicely and consistently. Anything you will ever need to access is no more than 3 seconds away, and you will never find yourself staring at a loading screen.
The Menu holds both apps and settings. Apps such as heart rate monitor, alarm, stop watch and music player to name a few are included. The settings hold the basic controls you would need to access on rare occasions.
Our music player is specially built for a round smartwatch. The bottom radius is used to control the volume as shown, and the top radius is a way to see how far in the song you are.
Note: During the backers survey and throughout the process of developing the operating system, we will be asking for your opinion about what you would like to see in the software and what you would use on your smartwatch.
A common "solution" to slow smartwatches we have heard is: "Oh, the next one will have a faster processor or more ram". Always talking about how the hardware will one day be capable of handling the software. But why is that? Why was this watch released if the hardware couldn't handle the software?
We believe software and hardware go hand in hand, and that is why we opted out from using a pre-built smartwatch operating system. We are starting from a base android system that is going to be built for one purpose only, to work perfectly for our cell. All the components we use in the cell will be heavily tested to ensure the hardware and software will work in harmony.
We will have a companion app for Android, iPhones and Windows 8.1 & 10 mobile. With all settings and information being stored on your online profile, you will never have to worry when switching devices. Your personal profile will be your hub for all things Henlen. You will be able to control your watch settings, stock watch faces, download more watch faces to your own personal collection while also having direct access to the Henlen store to always stay updated on the latest watch bodies available and voting for upcoming designs!
Kyle George (CEO) - Kyle's background in Mechatronics Engineering gives him the ability to be both involved in software and hardware development of the watch and its respective operating system. Kyle was the first amongst the three to own a modern smartwatch, he discovered the initial issues with smartwatches and realized the solution wasn't to make it more advanced in technology but rather focus on a different aspect; design and user interface.
Gregory Barnes (CTO) - Greg's background in Electro-mechanical Engineering and overall love of computers, Greg has the passion and skills to develop a reliable and power house device. Greg wears many hats; he is responsible for the Henlen website, prototyping and manufacturing of "The Cell" and all IT issues within the company. He has also played a key role setting up and maintaining Henlen's manufacturing relationships
Ryan Nasara (CMO) - Ryan's background is Software Engineering, Ryan took on the task of creating Henlen's sleek user interface. With a high attention to detail and natural ability to share our vision, Ryan has also taken on the responsibility of Henlen's marketing. Ryan spends time day and night sharing, promoting and executing our vision and brand. In Ryan's family, it is a tradition to collect wrist watches, which is something Ryan has done from a young age.
Spark Centre is an organization that provides advisory services to early stage or rapidly growing innovation and technology companies. Executive coaching, functional advisory, co-location, incubation, and day to day operational support are just a few services available to start-ups.
We met the great people at Spark Centre very early in our idea, with their help we went through all the stages of starting a company, from market validation to financial planning to brand development. By using their services and years of experience, we were able to focus on the most important thing, the watches! Spark Centre had a crucial role in preparing us and setting us up correctly so we will be capable of succeeding as a company.
As a start-up having the privilege of being part of an innovate community, we met many other start-ups with the same drive and passion for their own ideas as we did for watches. many of which were eager to offer their help and expertise to us, so we could focus on what we do best. Whether it be from music we used in this campaign, or expert video editing we couldn't have done it without them. Although we are a team of 3 for now, with day to day operations we feel like a much bigger team.
Zambah provides unlimited listening, sharing, and discovery of emerging music curated by interesting and influential music lovers. Powered by great people, playlists, and tracks, they welcome you to a social music community that will help you explore and collect new music that you've never heard before. Our video features a song by Mitk called Summer's down. Thanks to Zambah, we were able to use great unique indie music for our Kickstarter video.
CCO Productions professionally designs, shoots, and edits ultra high-definition video up to 5K. They handle every aspect of production and encourage there clients to be actively involved. Thanks to CCO Productions we were able to bring our Kickstarter video vision to life in a beautiful and captive way.
It hasn't been a fast process to get to where we are now. Over the past year, multiple iterations and countless design changes along the way, and we are finally ready to bring our first watch collection to you.
We have done our due diligence; we haven't been afraid to get out there and find out what people want and what people think about our watches. We have worked hard and talked to hundreds of people to find out what exactly the market was lacking in smartwatches.
By backing us today, you won't just be backing our product, but rather our company. After Kickstarter units have shipped, we plan to introduce multiple designs a year, but instead of just designing and releasing new bodies are self, we are going to do things differently. We are going to let you decide what design gets made next. By using a voting system, we are going to post 3 different concepts for watches and allow you to vote on your favorite, the one with the most votes will be manufactured!
Trio Edition and Collectors Edition are Kickstarter Exclusives. After the campaign ends we will not be offering these packages again! Another reason to get them before they are gone forever! Retail price for a single body will be $100 so by backing the Trio and Collector's Edition, you will save more and more.
After the campaign, our backer survey will collect the watch designs of your choice. But we understand that styles change, and since we won't be delivering for awhile we wanted to make sure that the watch you receive still matches your style! So before units ship, we will have your own personal profile set up on our website where you can change the styles you want. Just in case you change your mind or another watch grows on you.
When the Pocket Watch stretch goal is reached you will have the option to add $50 to your pledge and we will confirm during the Backer's Survey! This will be an interchangeable smart pocket watch! Whenever you're going to an event too classy for a wristwatch but you still need the functionality of the cell!
When the Henlen Credit stretch goal is reached: Everyone will receive a $25 Credit to our web store once we launch after Kickstarer Units have shipped. This credit can be used towards a purchase of another body or other items available on our webstore. It will be automatically applied to your personal profile.
Note: Only one early bird package per backer
Risks and challenges
But of course, if we were ready to ship units, we wouldn't be on Kickstarter! We still have lots of work to do, but don't worry we have set ourselves up to minimize failures or delays. We know we aren't the best at everything, so we planned ahead for that. Similar to how we used Spark Centre to help with business related matters, we chose manufacturing partners who aren't new to smartwatches or watches. Manufacturers that have years of experience doing exactly what we are trying to deliver to you.
Software is another big thing, we have a platform built, but it isn't ready for the market yet! It will take awhile to build our complete operating system for the watch. So for the months leading up to delivery, we are going to focus on the core features, optimization and stability. As we progress past Kickstarter and as a company, we will continue to implement and add new features to our software through OTA updates. Our main focus is to make it right, not fast!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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