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Martian Watches

August 16, 2012 12:00 ET

New Kickstarter Project Takes the Smart Watch to the Next Level With Hands-Free Voice Communication

Martian Watch Allows iPhone and Android Users to Talk, Listen and Use Their Smartphone's Voice Commands From Their Wrist

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2012) - Martian Watches, an Irvine, California-based developer of unique personal wireless communication solutions, announced today it is introducing, through the Kickstarter funding platform, a next-generation Bluetooth® smart watch that allows users clear two-way voice communication through their watch and hands-free use of their smartphone's voice commands.

The stylish Martian-branded "voice command watch" will allow Android and iPhone users to talk, listen, be notified of incoming calls and texts, answer, reply, and initiate voice commands, all without their phones leaving their pocket or purse.

Those who want to see and hear Martian in action may visit www.kickstarter.com/profile/martianwatches. Early adopters may pre-order watches and help fund production.

"To make a watch truly smart you have to give it a voice, literally. We've done just that with Martian," said Jeffrey Hsieh, CEO of Martian Watches. "Imagine being on a ski slope and a friend calls to see what time you want to meet for lunch. With Martian, you can see who is calling, answer the call, agree on a time, and hang up -- all without taking off your gloves and digging your phone out of a zippered pocket."

Placing the Power of Communication on Your Wrist

Martian offers a host of features that both complement and enhance your smartphone experience, including:

  • A noise-cancellation microphone and directional personal speaker to create the best possible communication experience in a wearable form factor.
    (NOTE: The sound quality that you hear in the Kickstarter video is real -- what you hear is exactly how it sounds.)

  • A wireless leash, which alerts the user if they leave their cell phone behind.

  • Android phones will also have the ability to receive notifications, such as Facebook, Twitter and Weather, and use their phone's integrated voice command functions, or those from the "Vlingo In-Car" app.

  • iPhone 4S users can talk to Siri from their Martian Watch, allowing them to send voice-to-text SMS messages, listen to text messages, set and receive notifications from iCalendar, control music, search the web, and initiate any other Siri command. With an iPhone 4 or 3GS, one can access the phone's integrated voice control function to place calls and control music.

Three Styles at Launch to Fit Your Fancy

Martian Watches will be available in 3 styles -- Passport, a classic, professional style; Victory, a larger, bolder design; or G2G, which comes in 4 vibrant colors plus white. All of the watches will have the same internal componentry, functionality, 2+-hour talk time, and always-on analog watch face that will run for up to 30 days on a single charge.

The Passport, Victory and G2G Watches also include an OLED caller ID display, vibration motor, and LED light to provide incoming call, text and event notifications. An integrated magnetometer and 3-axis accelerometer allow for future app development. The expected retail price will range from $179 to $229, but for a limited time can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter at nearly half off of these prices.

More details and technical specifications can be found at www.martianwatches.com.

About Martian Watches, Inc.

Founded in 2007, Martian Watches is an Irvine, California-based developer of unique personal wireless communication solutions that are reshaping how we communicate with friends, family and the world. The Martian engineering team has an extensive history in Bluetooth® development, having created the world's smallest system-on-chip solution for Bluetooth wireless systems in 2001 for Transilica Corporation. Martian creates its own products and its engineering lab has provided services to leading industry players, including AirTouch® Communications, Inc. In 2010, the Company successfully developed and marketed a new wireless technology platform under the brand Orange Dot Technologies that led to its first product, the SilverCare Personal Safety Alert Device, a two-way voice communication watch. SilverCare won numerous awards for its innovative concept and design, including the Hi-Tech Hardware Innovation Award from Tech America O.C.

The company's latest product, the Martian brand voice command watch, allows users to receive notifications and communicate directly through their watch, leaving their cell phone in a pocket or purse.

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