Intel's MICA smartwatch goes on sale in December for $495 with two free years of data
Intel's previously announced MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) smartwatch now has a final price tag of $495. It will go on sale in early December with two free years of data on AT&T's network.
Intel teamed up with high end fashion brand Opening Ceremony to create MICA, which will be marketed mainly to the female consumer. It's been designed to work without the need of a smartphone. Here are its main features:
- Messaging: MICA provides access to text messages and notifications of incoming mails from "important contacts" as designated in Gmail. Users can dismiss notifications from the device and respond with customizable quick replies.
- Calendar and Event Notifications: MICA displays Google Calendar and Facebook event notifications while enabling users to accept or reject appointments.
- Personal Concierge: MICA offers intelligent reminders, "Time to Go" (TTG), powered by TomTom and Intel, that dynamically adjust based on location to account for the time required to get to the next appointment. MICA also provides users with access to Yelp local search, which includes business ratings and reviews. MICA wearers can use Yelp to locate restaurants, shops and other local businesses nearby.
- Priority Notifications: Users can curate a VIP contact list that filters notifications and text messages. Vibration-based alerts discreetly alert the wearer to incoming alerts.
- Design: Elevating the appearance of traditional wearable devices, MICA's cutting-edge design is constructed of premium finishes and 18K gold coating with a curved sapphire glass touch screen display. One style features black water snake skin, pearls from China and lapis stones from Madagascar, while the other style features white water snake skin, tiger's eye from South Africa and obsidian from Russia.
- Configuration and Security: The bracelet provides remote access and locking, the ability to locate the device, and configuration capabilities via a Web-based portal.
The MICA smartwatch will only be sold in the US at first at Opening Ceremony's New York and Los Angeles stores, along with Barneys New York locations. It will also be available online at Barneys and Opening Ceremony's websites. Will you be checking out MICA when it launches in a few weeks?