The Neptune Hub is more than just a wearable watch; it’s a whole ecosystem of screens controlled from a central hub.
The Neptune Hub makes cloud computing and storage accessible and easy to use. Rather than storing your information on one device and swapping between screens, your data is stored in a central hub, and equally available across all your devices. If you lose your device it wouldn’t matter since nothing is stored on it and you can flip seamlessly between watches, phones and computers.
The centre of the Neptune Hub system is the wearable smart watch. This offers with a wide range of built in features, including:
- 2.4 inch touchscreen face
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Bluetooth enabled
- 64GB built in storage
- Water resistant
- Built in GPS and satellite navigation system
- Heart rate sensor
- Speaker and microphone
Alongside the watch, there are a range of screens that offer a simultaneous user experience and are designed to be completely linked into the Hub on your wrist. The announced screens and accessories include:
- Pocket screen. About the size of a smart phone, this screen is designed to be easy to transport and fit snuggly in your hand.
- Tab. With a 10-inch touchscreen and a front facing camera, this is ideal for use around the home or office.
- Keys. A wireless keyboard that can be used independently, or plugged into the tap to create a laptop-like experience.
- Dongle. An HDMi plugin that will turn your existing TV or computer monitor into a widescreen extension of your Hub.
- Necklace. A pair of headphones that double as a stylish necklace, designed to be usable and to stop headphones getting constantly tangled in your pocket.
The Neptune Hub has a sleek, futuristic design. It is an open band that clips to your wrist, rather than a strap with a traditional watch clasp.
It isn’t completely clear what will and won’t be available on Neptune Hub yet. The previous Neptune watch ran on an Android operating system. If this approach is continued, this should give access to many smartwatch-enabled apps through the Android Wear store.
The Neptune Hub is not available on general sale yet, so the exact price in Australian dollars isn’t known. However, the company did raise money and take pre-orders through the crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo. Based on those prices, the Hub should cost around USD$399 USD (AUD$550). There is no date set for an Australian release at the time of writing.
If the Neptune Hub can deliver on its promise, then it could be a groundbreaking device that takes a huge leap towards unifying people's computing experience. Many people today have multiple devices on the go at once, and it is easy to miss how much time you spend flicking between them all. If the Neptune can truly unify the screens then it will be very popular, very quickly. We’re also big fans of the necklace/headphone device, which is an innovative solution to the frustrating tangling of headphones.
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