I discovered the Martian Notifier Smartwatch at the PEPCOM Media event last month in New York. I’ve been keeping my eye on smartwatches for awhile and watching their progress, but my issue is that none of them are fashionable enough for me, as a woman, to want to wear. In other words, the developers seem to be men making watches for men — they’re not thinking about design and color as a critical factor. If I’m going to put something on my wrist every single day, bottom line – I want it to be attractive.
Martian smartwatches are elegant, beautifully designed and come in fun colors. And, I have to admit, I love their creative and fun name.
The Martian Notifier is an analog wristwatch with an integrated OLED readout that acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, keeping you well informed while your phone remains in a pocket, purse or backpack.
The smartwatch gives you the ability to receive real-time alerts and notifications on your wrist, which when used in conjunction with the free Martian Notifier App, allows you to automatically receive notifications, including Caller ID, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Weather, Email, Calendar, Instagram, Pinterest, favorite games, bank alerts, fitness stats, and more. You can also initiate voice commands on your smartphone’s speakerphone for uses such as “read text” while you’re on the move.
There are other really cool features as well. You can customize alert vibration patterns for eyes-free notification awareness, choose which alerts are sent to your watch and which stay on your phone (this is critical btw, since you want to be able to control how much data you get hit with every day) and remotely initiate voice commands on your phone’s speakerphone (a sweet feature).
The phone also offers silent alarms, hour repeater, virtual phone leash, find phone, camera shutter control, and other nitfy features. The phone supports both iOS and Android and when it hits the market (soon), it is slated to be priced at around $129.
Their Martian G2G series is a little geeky looking for me however I’m sure men will feel more comfortable with this slightly bulkier design. That said, the product does come in a lot of really fun colors, so it also seems like it would also be an ideal choice for young and active travelers who go for more the sporty look in their wrist watch. Have a look!
Martin also has voice enabled watches for people who want a more hands-free alternative. The Passport Series, among other things, has voice commands that include “Send text”, “Read text” and “Reply” so you can get convenient messaging on the go, a great feature for travelers.
I’ve love to see all smartwatches get a little smaller in size however apparently the technology just isn’t there yet to do so AND have all the cool connected functionality and features that they offer today.
My favorite of their line so far (haven’t had a chance to test out their soon to be released Martian Notifier yet though I LOVE the red design), is the Victory Series.
Have a peak – I find them a little more elegant and sophisticated than the sportier look above. The mustard colored one jumped out for me since it a fun color, yet subtle enough for it to more readily go with on-the-go outfits, especially if you want a color option that is beyond the traditional black or white. In addition to the very sturdy and well designed plastic straps, it would be great to have a colored leather strap option as well so you could dress it up for occasions where you’d want to….
Overall, I think that the Martian smartphone watch line is a notch above many others on the market today. They thought of design AND form factor and integrated both into a top notch series of product lines. I’m looking forward to seeing the Notifier when it does launch as we’d love to put it to the test.
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.
She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.
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