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HOT Watch™: Turn your hand into a phone with innovative private calling. Touch screen, Gestures, Apps. Phone stays in a pocket or bag.

HOT Smart Watch coverage in world media
HOT Smart Watch coverage in world media

Our Kickstarter campaign is now over, but you can still pre order HOT Smart watch at www.hotsmartwatch.com

We did our media launch in New York last week. Media reporters actually got to use the HOT Watch and test the call quality and other features. Some of the following quotes are from people who actually used the watch and reviewed it on their sites.

“The new Hot Watch created by PHTL is an extremely innovative product that boasts exciting new features I've never seen before” – Brian Bennet, Cnet

“The watch is impressively thin and light....the sound quality is surprisingly clear." Dana Wallman, Engadget

“The Holy Grail of wearable devices?” Kevin Toffel, CNN Money

“PH Technical labs is using Kickstarter to beat tech heavy weight Samsung and Apple” – FOX Business News

“We heard our caller loud and clear despite the boisterous crowd” – Lisa Eadicicco, LaptopMag

“We might finally have a smartwatch worth owning at last” – Dvice

“HOT Watch is a would-be Pebble killer” - Jamie Hinks, IT Portal

“The device packs a near-endless list of features” - Cult of Mac

“The Hot Watch has already blown through its minimum funding goal of $150,000” - money.cnn

“Dick Tracy eat your heart out” - canadianreviewer.com 

“This is definitely a HOT launch to keep an eye on” -thesmartwatchreview.com 

“Another Smartwatch Joins The Fight And This One’s “Hot”” - Jordan Crook, Techcrunch

"You'd look like a secret agent listening to their earpiece!” - MobileSyrup.com

“It’s getting hot in here, so put down all your phones.” - Techcrunch 

“HOT Smart Watch from PH Technical Labs kicks the eccentricity factor up a notch by turning your hand into a phone receiver” - Fast Company

Smart phones are essential these days, but are expensive and getting more bulky. Every time you take one out is a hassle, while presenting a risk for breakage, loss or theft. Holding the phone near your head during a call is also suspected to cause radiation-related health risks.

Meanwhile, the current crop of smart watches still requires your phone for basic functions like texting or making and receiving a call. Enter HOT Watch™ with Patent Pending Hands on Talk Technology that redefines what you can do with a watch, enabling you to send and receive messages while allowing you to make private calls without touching your phone.

HOT Watch™ comes bundled with Call Features (Private call, speakerphone, contact download and caller ID), Messaging Features (text, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Text Reply), Smart Phone Apps (weather, stocks, calendar, news, music control, phone finder), Watch Apps (Pedometer, note capture, fall detection, calculator), Time Features (alarm, timer, stopwatch, multi city time) and SDK for custom apps.

For all the above features to work, your smart phone just needs to be in close proximity of your HOT Watch™. The Typical Bluetooth connection range is 20-30 feet. You will still require your phone for more advanced functions like, GPS, internet browsing, camera or other smart features not listed above as supported by HOT Watch™.

HOT Watch™ is the first watch to support all the call features and limited Messaging features with any Bluetooth enabled phones. More advanced features are supported with iOS and Android devices.

All these features come attractively packaged in a slim (only 8mm), sleek design with bright E-Paper display and a timeless look for any occasion.

HOT Watch™ is the first to design an innovative, bio-mechanical solution enabling private calls, amplified by the palm of your hand.

HOT Gestures™ let you control many common functions with a wave or movement of the hand.

HOT Proximity Alerts let you know when your phone is being stolen or you are leaving it behind.

HOT Fall Detection uses the built-in accelerometer with gyroscope to detect a fall of a person and can text an emergency number of your choice.

Since filing an initial patent in 2010, we have poured countless hours of passionate work into a fully functional prototype with all the features tested and working. We need your help with tooling costs, final design, and mass production.

New Pictures

Curve - Top and bottom will not have metal bars. Please look at the pictures at the bottom of the page for final production look without the bars
Curve - Top and bottom will not have metal bars. Please look at the pictures at the bottom of the page for final production look without the bars
Classic - Basic - Edge
Classic - Basic - Edge
Edge - Top and bottom will not have metal bars. Please look at the pictures at the bottom of the page for final production look without the bars
Edge - Top and bottom will not have metal bars. Please look at the pictures at the bottom of the page for final production look without the bars
Classic
Classic
Classic on Hand
Classic on Hand
All four styles have identical features. Additionally, the curve is equipped with a flashlight
All four styles have identical features. Additionally, the curve is equipped with a flashlight
Patented (Patent number 8,515,505) Hands on Talk Technology
Patented (Patent number 8,515,505) Hands on Talk Technology

Private Call Experience

The above illustration depicts sound being generated by a directional speaker that resides at the bottom of the wrist. It is then projected to the palm, which reflects and amplifies it to the user’s ear for a private, crystal-clear phone call. The microphone is located on the same module, opposite of the speaker, for echo-free, clear sound. Essentially your hand/palm acts like a phone receiver.

This elegant, bio-mechanical solution empowers private calls like never before, imparting a similar experience to placing a phone to your ear. The beauty and potential of this patent pending idea, evolving how humans communicate, inspired us to make this watch a reality.

FEATURES 

Private calls amplified by the palm of your hand

Speakerphone

Voice activated calling and other phone control using your phone’s native voice recognition such as iPhone SIRI

Receive and reply to Messages (SMS, Email, Facebook and Twitter)

Music player remote control (for your phone’s native player)

Multiple dial faces

Automatic fast contacts sync

Caller ID

Audible and silent vibrating alarms and alerts

Pedometer: Record running, walking, steps climbed, calories burned

Fall detection with automatic text to emergency number (unless cancelled in 30 seconds)

LED illumination

Note capture: captures your handwriting on the watch face

Tactile vibration feedback

HOT Proximity Alerts: Never leave your phone behind and prevent theft

Find your phone with remote beep

Built-in LED Flashlight (ONLY in Curve)

Water Resistant

Multi-touch projected capacitive screen (Skim finger above glass to change screens)

EASE OF USE

HOT GESTURES™

Handle functions of the watch with quick gestures(can be optionally turned off).  Default gestures are:

Answer Call: Move hand to ear during incoming call

Dial Out Menu: Move hand to ear when there is no incoming call

Reject Call: Shake hand during incoming call

Mute Call: Drop hand during conversation

End Call: Wave goodbye during conversation

Dial Favorite Number: Knock twice

LED Backlight: Twist hand to “read” position

Fall Down: Automatically text emergency number (you can cancel within 30 seconds)

HOT GESTURES™ - TOUCH 

Unlock and Menu: Write “ U ” on screen

Unlock and Dial:  Write “ D ” on screen

Unlock and SMS: Write “ S ” on screen

Unlock and Clock: Write “C” on screen

Unlock and Apps: Write “A” on screen

SHORTCUTS

5 shortcuts to app screens with one easy touch.   Fully customizable, but by default:  

Press icon 1 for local weather, stock update, and a second city time.

Press icon 2 for next meeting or alarm, number of calories burned today and distance walked.

Press icon 3 for text messages and Facebook notifications.

Press icon 4 for a customized news feed.

Press Power button for dial face.

TECH SPECS

Energy Efficient Cortex M3 processor

Secondary DSP processor for Bluetooth, Call control and Audio Enhancements

SHARP 1.26” E-paper display for power saving and high-contrast display

Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Dual Mode) for energy conservation

6-Axis Accelerometer and Gyroscope

Multi-touch projected capacitive Screen with proximity detection of up to 1 cm

Vibration motor with tactile touch function

Bright Flash light with 2200mcd white LED (Curve Model only)

Anti-reflective glass with optical bonded display for high contrast sunlight readability

Smudge-proof touch glass

Water Resistant (ATMs: TBD)

SDK for custom 3rd party applications

Over the air firmware update

Simulator Based PC Development

HOT Watch comes with SDK and Windows simulator for custom app development. Using Windows simulator, developers can create applications on a PC environment (using Visual Studio or any windows compiler) and port it in an easy, one-step compilation. This unique tool can greatly enhance the power and speed of app development for the watch.

Working simulator application window
Working simulator application window

People without programming experience can develop custom watch faces and simple apps by downloading jpg/bmp images into provided tool. More powerful control is provided for programmers via SDK with ‘C’ language support. Control will be provided to access watch hardware (Display, Accel, Touch etc) and communication to smart phone.

Progression of HOT Smart Watch

First Watch and Audio module concept
First Watch and Audio module concept
The concept taking shape into a slim edge model
The concept taking shape into a slim edge model
3D Concept showing the position of internal components
3D Concept showing the position of internal components
Concept showing the display positioning
Concept showing the display positioning
First big board with options for multiple processors
First big board with options for multiple processors
Big board with development environment and Accelerometer (embedded on badminton racket)
Big board with development environment and Accelerometer (embedded on badminton racket)
Second big board with companion Bluetooth control board
Second big board with companion Bluetooth control board
Final big board with all components integrated
Final big board with all components integrated
Watch dial display with our final big board
Watch dial display with our final big board
Curve model bezel with electronics integrated
Curve model bezel with electronics integrated
Fully functional classic model bezel
Fully functional classic model bezel

The photos illustrated above are prototype watches. The production version of the watches will have a higher quality finish with the machine molded plastics, final material selection for metal (such as titanium for curve), gaskets for waterproofing and audio modules, better-shaped audio firing tube and production-quality straps, with buckle.

DIMENSIONS

HOT Watch Basic, Classic & Edge: 34mm x 42mm x 8mm

HOT Watch Curve: 38mm x 35mm x 9mm

HOT Watch Basic, Edge and Classic
HOT Watch Basic, Edge and Classic
HOT Watch Curve
HOT Watch Curve

What's next

The watches illustrated are fully working prototypes with the majority of hardware and software functionality completed. We are further enhancing our mechanical design details and material selections to deliver the best experience on your wrist. Most of the components used in the watch are from the market leaders in their respective fields. Key components such as Sharp E-paper display and the world’s most advanced Bluetooth chip have been planned and reserved to ensure timed delivery.

The experience gained with our current products (that are similar in the areas of electronics and plastic manufacturing) has helped us establish reputable manufacturing and assembly partners. Our key partner  is also a leading component supplier and watch assembler for a renowned watch brand and has decades of experience in the watch industry. For the future, we are laying foundations with industry-leading ODMs to plan for high volume production when the time comes.

Our current Plan for shipments include:

August 2013: Finish final design details and package design

September 2013: Start tooling for plastic, rubber and metal parts

October 2013: Procure reserved components and molded parts, Pilot production.

November 2013: Finish certifications, volume production

December 2013: Start shipping

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After years of research and development, we now have fully functional prototypes in-hand. This is the result of meticulous care in design, development and in selecting the highest caliber components and manufacturing partners. However, as with any product, supply chain logistics can potentially impact parts delivery. Additionally, delays may result from final detailing and testing lab procedures and certifications.

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