The Gameband Smartwatch for Gamers is, quite possibly, the greatest Android smartwatch…. ever.
Unlike most other new wearables, it’s not crammed with every sensor and compatibility available. No, instead of those frivolous things, it’s engineered around something really important: A kick-ass processor, a stunning display, outstanding connectivity, a big battery and a great OS.
Rather than over pack Gameband with every conceivable component available, the makers focused on picking the core components essential to what they wanted it to be; an amazing smartwatch for gamers.
That’s right, I said gamers. The Gameband includes access to Pixel Furnace. PixelFurnance is basically like Steam for games that you can play on the watch. Depending on what edition you get, you’ll get different games.
For example, ther’s the Atari edition that comes with classic Atari titles such as Asteroids, Pong, Centipede, etc. And there’s the Terraria version that comes with an exclusive Terraria mini game.
Regardless of edition, it ship with around 15 mini-games, as well as standard apps like notifications, calendar, contacts, dialer, fitness, weather, alarm, stopwatch, and a music player.
As of yet, the band doesn’t work with voice control, but it’s “in the roadmap.” Also, although it can count steps, it doesn’t have a heart-rate monitor. The watch also includes a MicroSD slot to give you access to massive amounts of data, right on your wrist. Data you can easily access via the USB-C port on the side of the watch.
Oh, and all this will cost you just $199.00!!
So, by now, you’re probably wondering about how it plays, right? Well, the answer is “awesomely”. You can actually plug the watch into your Mac/PC and play the games on the big screen or you can play the mini-games on the small screen via touch or button controls on the side.
It really brings me back to my elementary school days when we had watches that could play simple versions of games like Pac-Man or Frogger. Yes, I’m old. I know.
Cool, right? A powerful smartwatch that plays games AND and affordable price.
Well, there’s a catch, the project was fully funded and is now closed. In fact, it got almost 4.5 x the amount they asked for. That means that while (very likely) the Gameband will be put into production, you’ll have to wait to get yours. Unless, of course, you were a backer.
Right now, it looks like the initial run will be delivered in September of this year. So, it should be on your Chroistmas wish list for this year.
I know it’s going to be on mine.
Gameband Smartwatch for Gamers: Product Details
- Dimensions: 39.8 x 39.8 x 11.38 mm.
- Screen: 41.4 mm.
- OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor.
- RAM: 512 kB.
- Storage: 4GB built-in and support for Micro SD Cards up to 8GB.
- Bluetooth: 4.2.Ports: USB-c for data transfer and charging.
- Battery: 400mAh Li-Ion.
- Gameband is compatible with iOS and Android, and will have access to iOS and Android Phone based Companion Apps to help manage your Gameband.