Neptune is calling its new project the Neptune Suite. At its most basic, it’s six different pieces of hardware that Neptune promises will work seamlessly with one another. Yet where every major company with a smartwatch (short of Samsung), has put the heavy lifting on people’s smartphones for things like network connectivity and apps, Neptune wants to put it on your wrist.
In the middle of it all is a wrap-around, water-resistant smartwatch called “the hub,” which has a 2.4-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 3G/LTE modem that works with nano-SIM cards, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. Joining it are a “pocket screen” and “tab screen,” which expand the screen on the hub using super-fast, short-range wireless standard 802.11ad WiGig. Adding to that are three accessories: a keyboard that can turn the tablet into a notebook of sorts; a dongle with HDMI that will let you push what’s on your hub to other screens (like Google’s Chromecast); and last but not least, a set of wireless headphones.
A very interesting idea, but in my view, a misguided one. This idea would work a lot better if the central device wasn’t an unwieldy, huge bracelet, but the smartphone. I long for the day my smartphone can replace my PC, connecting to displays and peripherals without ever taking it out of my pocket.