A new Kickstarter project called Glance is designed to add smartwatch functionality to any old wristwatch. It's a problem that many of those who have a thing for watches — I personally adore my analog Skagen watch, even though the only thing it does is tell the time — they want to keep that classic sort of styling and quality that a smartwatch just has yet to offer, but they want the functionality of that smartwatch. That's where Glance is meant to come in, slipping under the band of your watch and adding an OLED screen for notifications and motion controls. But it might just be too good to be true.
The Glance add-on is small. Like, really small. the miniature design is built on a machined aluminum frame with rubber inlay for grabbing onto your watch band. The components like the battery, processor, sensors, and radios are improbably tiny. Tracking motion as something like the so-called "air mouse" and being able to sense the movement of a digit to which the device is not attached has yet to be demonstrated in a real life setting.
Hell, the Kickstarter doesn't even feature a working version of the device — the shots with the device actually "in action" feature computer-overlaid text. On a curved surface, when the prototype display and wireline renderings both show flat displays. That prototype right now is a small board, with a tiny battery (they claim a week's battery life), wires, and only a 3D-printed shell.
Glance seems like an interesting idea. Certainly $80 seems like it might be a good deal for a unique and miniature device such as this, but we can't hep but feel like they're overreaching. Does Glance seem like it might be too good to be true to you?