If you're not sold on the idea of smartwatches yet, it could have something to do with the design. Some of the most popular smartwatches are black and boxy with unattractive bands.
Even some of the most fashionable and cute designs may not be to your liking. So, if you're thinking you'd like to have a smartwatch to track your steps, to listen to music, or get notifications from your smartphone, you may want to think "disk" instead of "watch."
Chronos is starting to sell a smart disk you can attach to your analog watch. (See photos next page.) The company says it's the world's thinnest wearable tech at less than 3 millimeters thick (0.12 inches). It'll be compatible with about 80% of watches.
The disk, which is wrapped in stainless steel, uses low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 technology to communicate with your smartphone. It vibrates and its LED lights light up, to alert you to notifications.
The Chronos disk has a 36-hour battery life, and it's wirelessly charged. It's also waterproof.
The disk is attached to the back of your watch with something called micro-suction technology. Chronos says it's not a magnet, it's not sticky, and it's easy to attack and un-attach.
To use it, you'll download an app for your Android or iOS device. You can use it to manage which messages you're alerted to, based on your selection of your most important contacts.
It has a fitness tracker that works with many fitness apps. Plus, you can personalize the phone to recognize your gestures to control the phone. You control the phone by tapping it. You can skip past songs you don't want to listen to, or silence incoming phone calls.
Chronos is taking pre-orders now. Prices start at $99.