Asustek unveils smartwatch with its own 'kood' OS

04/30/2015 06:01 PM

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩) on Thursday launched its second smartwatch in the Taiwan market, highlighting its own Kood operating system that allows longer battery life.

Thanks to a lower power requirement than Google Inc.'s Android Wear OS, the Kood system gives the fitness-centric VivoWatch a battery life of 10 days, Asustek said.

The VivoWatch features a 123mAh battery, much smaller than the 369mAh battery used in Asustek's Android Wear-based ZenWatch, which lasts up to two days on a single charge.

The VivoWatch is also equipped with a 1.28-inch black-and-white touchscreen that uses Sharp Corp.'s memory LCD technology, which embeds 1-bit memory in every pixel,changing only the part of the image that requires updating and requiring very little power.

While most other smartwatches in the market are running mobile processors, the VivoWatch runs only a microcontroller unit made by STMicroelectronics N.V. and a firmware developed by Asustek.

It means users will not be able to install apps on the watch, which can only synchronize data with phones running on Android 4.3 or later and with iPhones running on iOS 8.1 or later, according to Asustek.

The VivoWatch will go on sale in Taiwan on May 8 at NT$4,588 (US$149) as part of an initial roll-out in 10 markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France and other European countries, Asustek said.

(By Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM /pc

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