US based startup Monohm has launched Runcible; an innovative product which has features of smartphone but is designed as a pocket watch. Runcible is currently being promoted as World’s 1st Anti-Smartphone.
It is founded by Aubrey Anderson (Founder & CEO) and Jason Proctor (Founder & CTO) and is designed to build products which can amalgamate in terms of form, function and technology with the Digital lives of human beings.
- Processor: Snapdragon 410 quad core, ARM® Cortex® A53 (64bit, 1.2GHz) Qualcomm® Adreno™ 306 GPU with OpenGL ES 3, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ v5 DSP
- Memory / Storage: 1GB LPDDR3 RAM (533MHz ) / 8GB eMMC 5.0 Flash
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz single band, Bluetooth 4.1, 4G/LTE Data (hopefully)
- Display: 2.5 inch, 640×640 fully round screen at ~256dpi
- Camera: Rear-facing, 7MP camera (support for up to 13MP for hackers)
- Audio: 1x Analog In / Out (other audio I/O options available on the main board)
- Other Interfaces: 1x USB 2.0 (client or host), 2x BLSP 4-pin port configurable as I2C, SPI, UART or GPIO
- Location: Qualcomm® IZat™ Gen 8C GPS, GLONASS
- OS Support: BuniOS (based on Android 5.1), Linux
- RoHS compliant
At present 2 versions have been launched: Runcible Lovelace and Runcible Babbage. They are priced at US $499 and US $399 respectively with taxes extra.
At present, it is listed on Indegogo and has target of raising US $250,000 out of which they have already raised 27% (US $67,185).
As Aubrey Anderson said “People need something to let them control their digital lives in clean, quiet, simple ways, Runcible is the alternative to the increasingly invasive and commodified smartphone whose app-centric approach distracts us from our lives instead of helping us live them.”