I wonder if I can call the Casio EDIFICE EQB-500 series a smart watch or not. It has a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, an app (iOS and Android) to manage some features, and it doesn’t really look like a smart watch that we know of.
The smartwatch features are so subtle that you wouldn’t know they exist. Check out the introduction video.
As you can see from the video, it does not look like a smart watch. There is no touch screen, no notification bar. Everything is based on its hardware (like the pointer in a dial, the buttons). It’s main feature is still the watch. With the app, it is able to adjust the time to that country/city at the touch of a button. And another feature is its ability to locate the phone by the push of a button.
When you register an email, users will be notified of new emails via a pointer in one of the inset dials by pressing a button. The smart watch features are powered by the clever Tough Solar, a solar-powered technology that converts light from various sources into power to optimally drive the watch functions while conserving battery power.
Check out the Press Release for more details, or click here to go to its website.
Casio Presents New EDIFICE EQB-500 Series with Bluetooth® Smart Connectivity
Connects to smartphone for ease of time keeping of over 300 cities globally
Singapore, 27 November 2014: Casio Singapore has launched a new EDIFICE EQB-500 series, the latest in Casio’s range of EDIFICE metal timepieces and the first with built-in Bluetooth® Smart Connectivity technology. The sophisticated Smartphone Link EQB-500 mirrors the ‘Speed and Intelligence” inspired by motorsport racing and features dramatically improved functions that can be used alongside a smartphone.
The new EQB-500 grants easy access to precise local time information from over 300 cities globally by connecting to smartphones via Bluetooth®. Once connected, wearers can easily adjust time settings by selecting from a comprehensive list of cities in Casio’s WATCH+ smartphone app. Jet-setters can stay on top of matters back home with the Dual Dial World Time function that simultaneously displays time of two different cities using the hour and minute hands and an inset dial.
A multitude of other functions are unlocked once the EQB-500 is connected to your smartphone. A Finder Function triggers the phone alarm with a simple push of a button. This dynamic Edifice also ensures that wearers never miss out on important emails. After registering an email address in Casio WATCH+ app, users will be notified of new emails via a pointer in one of the inset dials by pressing a button.
Sporting a stainless steel metal casing, this EQB-500 is sleek enough for the boardroom and also sporty enough for a casual day out. Inspired by motorsport, the motor of the EQB-500 is 26 percent smaller than previous EDIFICE models, enabling various smart technology to be installed within the polished and compact watch face. This includes Bluetooth® connectivity, water resistance of up to 100 metres and Tough Solar, a solar-powered technology that converts light from various sources into power to optimally drive the watch functions while conserving battery power.
Housing a definitive and elegant black watch face, the EQB-500 comes in two colours, Silver (EQB-500D-1ADR) and Black (EQB-500DC-1ADR) and is available at all G-FACTORY and G-FACTORY PREMIUM stores in Singapore at a Suggested Retail Price of SGD$449.00 and SGD$599.00 respectively from November 2014.
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. Today, Casio’s offerings include timepieces, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries, calculators, musical instruments, system equipment, and others. The Casio Group employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, shipping over 100 million products per year, with net sales of 297 billion yen (approx. US$2,798 million) in the fiscal year ended March 2013. News and product information from Casio is available athttp://world.casio.com.
 Requires installation of Casio WATCH+ app, available for download from Apple App Store for iPhone or Google Play
 Supported smartphones include iPhone 5s (iOS7), iPhone 5C (iOS7), iPhone 4S (iOS7), GALAXY S5 (Android 4.4), GALAXY Note3 (Android 4.3~4.4), GALAXY S4 (Android 4.3~4.4). For more information, please visit http://www.edifice-watches.com/asia-mea/en/collection/link_with_smartphone/EQB-500