updated 01:15 pm EST, Fri December 30, 2011
Casio shows first Bluetooth LE G-Shock watch
Casio Japan, known for its calculators and wristwatches, has just introduced the first watches with Bluetooth LE (low energy) onboard, making it compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 cellphones like the iPhone 4S. The G-Shock GB-6900 will synchronize the current time from paired handsets and will display incoming call names or numbers, e-mails, and text messages on its display. Users can also switch handsets into vibration mode without touching them.
Bluetooth LE consumes much less power than regular Bluetooth, with Casio stating a standard CR2032 battery should last two years. The watch should be compatible with the iPhone 4S as well as upcoming NEC LTE N-04D and Medias PP N-01D Android phones.
The watch has been delayed until mid-March due to the flooding in Thailand, and will cost 18,000 yen (about $231). It was originally planned to go on sale in December. [via TechCrunch]