Five years ago, not many people used smartphones. Today, even a 12 year old does. Technology has a way of reigning eras with its charm. We’re already getting so many technology news about wearable devices so we suspect the next thing to go mainstream will be wearable devices, too. With smart watches slowly becoming a common trend, companies are brainstorming to create new, creative wearable devices.
Samsung, never missing from technology news, especially now that it is a leading smartphone brand, also works to create wearable smart devices. They recently just launched their Gear S smartwatch, and surprisingly launched a new wearable device the very next day of the Gear S launch – the Samsung Gear Circle.
The Samsung Gear Circle takes its name after the circle shape it is in when its ear-buds are not in use. Forming a perfect circle, the Gear Circle circles around its owner’s neck like a, well, necklace, locked securely by the magnets provided. It is obviously a smart device so it doesn’t just work as wireless earphones but assist the user to answer calls, and make voice commands, too. Here’s the fun part though; the Samsung Gear Circle, when in circle form (i.e. clasped around the user’s neck), vibrates to alert the wearer of incoming calls or notifications. The Gear Circle connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth connectivity. It also features Wi-Fi connectivity. Further technology news and reviews when in releases will only tell us about how well this Circle performs.
The Samsung Gear Circle’s battery power is 180 mAh, which can provide up to 11 hours of playback and talk time and up to 300 hours on standby.
The Gear Circle is a sleek device. The two ends of the Circle that act as ear-buds are like your average stuff-in earphones but each bud holds a small magnet on top – so that when not in use, the ear-buds can join heads to lock the Circle. The wire that leads up to the front where a small board proudly claims the Gear Circle logo, micro-USB port, and a microphone piece to assist your voice commands or call answering needs, is your average earphone wire so you can also put it in your pocket if wearing smart devices isn’t your thing.
Creatively, the ear-buds have a touch feature to help with volume and music track variations. Since there are no volume buttons on the device, that helps make it look even sleeker.
The Samsung Gear Circle will come into the market in three colors: black, white, and blue.
Samsung’s latest wearable device will roll out in October in the global market and till then, we cannot assume how well this device will rank. For now, it seems like an innovative device and Samsung’s ideas and innovations are impressive. The price range of this Circle is not released as yet but we think it will be close to the price range of high-end earphones ($80-$100), if not higher than them.