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    Runcible Smart Pocket Watch

    Runcible Smart Pocket Watch is sleek and smooth

    The Runcible is both weird but a very compelling device, which offers many of the same capabilities as a smartphone, but it looks like a pocket watch.  Its creator, Monohm, wants the circular device to challenge the traditional smartphone industry, both in design and function. Aubrey Anderson, the company’s founder and CEO, describes the Runcible as a quieter gadget, void of constant notifications, which can help people relax and live in the moment, while still staying connected online without internet overload.

    Runcible Smart Pocket Watch is glass on one side, wood on other

    Runcible- What is it?

    Smartwatches and wearables promise to make notifications simpler to manage, with glanceable information available on your wrist. Runcible’s differential is that it’s a truly standalone device. It runs on Mozilla’s Firefox OS platform and lets you make calls, browse the web and ask for directions. You literally can leave your smartphone at home, and rely solely on the basics without the bombardment of social media and other burdening notifications.



    While the Runcible hardware is built, the software is still in early development, so they’re still in prototype mode. Hints of individual apps, or “faces,” as Anderson calls them, hint at the company direction for the Runcible. One watchface has different colored bubbles that increase in size as your social networks become more active. Another app serves as a classic compass, giving just a single direction and the remaining distance to your destination. These apps seem extremely simple, useful and uncomplicated.

    Runcible Smart Pocket Watch simple with notifications

    Shape, Design and Inspiration

    Talking about the shape of the Runcible for a second, Anderson wanted a quiet, relaxing product and took inspiration from pocket watches, compasses and other circular objects that people used to carry in their pockets. The result is a flat, circular display on one side and a softly curved piece of wood on its rear.

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    The Runcible device has created a new product category that falls in the middle of a smartphone and a wearable. It’s small enough to slip in a pocket like a pocket watch, but also boasts all of the connectivity of a modern handset, including Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and LTE. The Runcible’s internals have been designed to make it easily fixable and upgradeable, keeping it useful for many years. For example, when the camera becomes out of date, you can replace the camera component.

    Runcible Smart Pocket Watch will come in different colors


    The Runcible is a radical departure from anything we’ve seen in the smartphone or wearable categories.  The company has financial backing from Japanese carrier KDDI, so the device is almost certainly hitting Japanese dirt first, with follow-up to the states shortly after. Stay tuned for updates on the Runcible, a strange but super-intriguing device.

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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