Meet ‘Agent’, a new smartwatch with better battery life
Agent is a smartwatch created by Secret Labs which not only offers wireless charging capabilities, but better battery life as well. It does this by including power management features such as two processors, one being for low power use, and also a very efficient display.
Smartwatches have been popping up all over the place in the rumor mill since the success of the Pebble and rumors that Apple was working on one of their own. Sometimes that’s all it takes to work the industry into a frenzy. Everyone may be focusing on the watches the big players are working on, but here is a new one called Agent that has popped up on Kickstarter, a watch that may beat the rest in a few key areas.
A primary concern when it comes to smartwatches is battery life, nobody wants to recharge their watch too often. What Agent does is pack in wireless charging (Qi standard) along with features that will increase battery life through improved power management. One example of this is it has one processor inside of it to handle high performance tasks, and one low power processor that is there specifically for handling the simpler tasks. Agent also sports a Sharp Memory Display, which Tech Crunch notes shares the same benefits of both LCD and e-ink, which is very efficient.
They say that the smartwatch should be able to push 7 days in terms of battery life with all the proper smart functions enabled, and even up to 30 days if you stick to “watch-face only” mode. It includes other goodies like Bluetooth 4.0, motion and light sensors, a 1.28” display, and a 120HMz ARM Cortex-M4 processor.
Secret Labs, the creators of Agent, is emphasizing the importance of development, and is saying that people will be able to start writing and emulating apps on their desktops as soon as funding is complete, which would be much quicker than a rollout of some kind, which Pebble has opted for with theirs. The watch will cost $129 for early pre-orders, and $249 when it ships. Agent looks like it should have no problem separating itself from the competition, so it will be interesting to see if it finds a fan base anywhere close to that of the Pebble.