Turn Any Watch Into a Smartwatch With Glance
Would you switch from classic wristwatch to smartwatch? A lot of us would probably opt for something fashionable over something practical, but a Kickstarter project called Glance by Kiwi Wearables allows you to keep that stylish, traditional timepiece and get all the benefits of a techie watch. Think of it as an accessory for your accessory.
Glance is a small aluminum band that fits underneath your existing watchband. The crazy-amazing tech piece has built-in Bluetooth, along with 3D motion detection and hooks up to your smartphone. And, because the device fits snugly under your wristwatch, you can use it daily without compromising your outfit. So if you want to wear a menswear-inspired watch one day and a skinny ladylike one the next, you can still use the Glance. Woo hoo!
One of the coolest features of this watch involves your television. Let’s say, hypothetically, that you’re not quite happy with what your roommate’s watching on the tube. You can use the Glance to (secretly) switch the channel! Not only can you go from ESPN to the Food Network without touching your remote control (sorry, boo), but you can also respond to text messages, control your computer and track your activity all with this awesome device.
As if Glance wasn’t already impressing the heck out of you, here are some more details that we know you’re curious about. Is it waterproof? Why, yes, as a matter of fact, it is. Glance comes in three strap-width sizes and has a rubberized grip to make it comfortable for all-day wear. You also may be skeptical about the battery life, but have no fear. It lasts around a week on a single charge!
Currently, it’s only compatible with Android and iOS, but don’t worry BlackBerry and Windows Phone users; plans for Glance to work with your devices are listed as stretch goals. The piece costs $70 to pre-order, with a target ship date of October 2014.
Would you wear the Glance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
(h/t Tech Crunch)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!