Casio’s new rugged smartwatch is made for the outdoors
The new not-so-cleverly-named WSD-F10 runs Android Wear for it’s OS, is water resistant up to 50 meters, and has a cool dual-layer LCD face, one monochrome and energy saving, the other full color and gorgeous. This new smartwatch for the outdoorsy should arrive in stores this coming April.
“We’re about lifestyle – everything we manufacture, we put lifestyle first,” said Vice President of Casio America, David Johnson.
Casio has always been a leader in new wrist-based tech, from the CasioTron in 1974, to the nerd-tastic Casio calculator watch of the 1980s and the later sensor and music playing watches. The new WSD-F10 is a surprisingly cool-looking blend of Android Wear smart watch functionality and a ton of sensors that make sense for the outdoor enthusiast.
Those sensors will give you one-button access to tons of outdoor features like compass readings, air pressure, altitude, sunrise and sunset times, tide graphs, activity graphs, and more. There are several built-in apps, including MyRadar, ViewRanger, Runkeeper, Yamap, plus all the joy of the Google app ecosystem on your wrist.
Really, though, it’s that dual-layered watch face that’s the big deal. You’ve got one monochromatic LCD screen layered atop a full color LCD screen, letting you save a ton of battery when just needing to see the time and other basic informational complications. When you need the full color of a modern smartwatch like Apple Watch, though, you can. What a great bit of tech.
The end price will be $500, according to Johnson, and will be available in four colors–red, green, orange, and black–in April 2016.