MOBVOI ANNOUNCES FIRST GLOBAL EDITION OF THE TICWATCH 2
The best-selling Android smart watch in China to be introduced in the US for the first time
NEW YORK, NY -- July 26, 2016 - Mobvoi, the AI startup with the best selling Android-based smartwatch online in China and $75 million in funding raised to date, today announced the launch of a global edition of the Ticwatch 2. The Ticwatch 2, the second generation of the Ticwatch, is the most interactive smartwatch on the market leveraging Mobvoi’s cutting edge AI technologies and proprietary operating system, Ticwear 4.0. The Ticwatch 2 is now available on Kickstarter with early bird pricing beginning at $99.
Expanding the advanced features of the original Ticwatch, users can interact with the Ticwatch 2 through four main methods, including: touch, voice, gesture and Tickle – Mobvoi’s unique side strip control, now invisibly integrated into the design. The watch additionally builds on the capabilities of the first version, to feature a more advanced version of Ticwear 4.0, voice technologies, magnetic wireless charging, integrated speakers, and embedded sports sensors including a pedometer and heart rate monitor.
“Since our founding, we’ve been committed to defining the next generation of human-machine interaction and from our proprietary voice technologies, gesture algorithm, side strip Tickle to three dimensional Cubic UI, this mission has been core to making us the most interactive smart watch for our users’ lives,” said Zhifei Li, Mobvoi Founder and CEO. “We own the full development of our products from the hardware to the creation of our own AI and OS, and because of this we are uniquely able to provide our users with an end-to-end experience that we’re able to constantly evolve and improve. We’re excited to show the rest of the world a new breed of wearables.”
The Ticwatch was designed by Scandinavian industrial designer Mika Nenonen, by drawing on a ‘delightful simplicity’ philosophy, and encompassing smart-casual simplicity, functionality, and user experience as pillars of the ultimate wearing pleasure. Featuring an OLED screen, Ticwatch 2 comes in four models: charcoal, snow, oak, and onyx , and features an interchangeable standard 20mm watch band, so users can easily swap out and customize their look based on their style.
The Ticwatch 2 is currently available for presale beginning at under $100 on Kickstarter, with a funding goal of $50,000, and will begin shipping to backers by late September 2016.
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Key Features & Product Specs
Advanced Ticwear 4.0: Ticwatch is run on proprietary Android based Ticwear 4.0. It is compatible both with Android and iOS phones.
Voice Activation: Using natural language, you can ask Ticwatch for the weather, restaurants nearby, jokes, etc. You can also set reminders, check your calendar, and even call an Uber to pick you up. When your hands are full, such as when you are driving, the accurate voice recognition allows you to smoothly reply to messages without taking out your phone.
Gesture Control: Combining accelerometers in the Ticwatch as well as precise algorithms, you can use single hand gestures to activate key Ticwatch features. Keeping your eyes on the road when driving you can flip your wrist twice to pick up or hang up phone call. In sport mode, when you don’t have time to stop, you can double knock Ticwatch 2 to change songs on the go.
Tickle: Tickle is Mobvoi’s unique patented side strip especially designed for the small screen of smart watches. Now invisibly integrated into the design, the Tickle strip allows you to scroll, select, and zoom without covering the screen or leaving fingerprints.
Touch: Cubic UI allows users to swipe in each of the four directions or long press the main screen of Mobvoi’s OS Ticwear to access different content, curating a seamlessly intuitive user experience.
Notification Hub: As a notification hub on your wrist Ticwatch allows you to quickly view and address incoming messages in situations where you don’t have access to your phone. Users can also respond to messages, phone calls, and schedule reminders through personalized quick reply messages, voice reply, and calendar syncing.
Sports & Fitness Function: Ticwatch includes health tracking, made possible with the built-in GPS and heart rate monitor, which tracks key data and your route. Users can listen to offline music on the watch, and change songs via gesture control.
Classic Design: Ticwatch 2 featuring the world’s highest screen to body ratio. With absolute round display, Ticwatch 2 fully use each inch of the screen.
Four Models: Ticwatch 2 will launch four design options, from sporty black and white silicon to elegant high quality leather and stainless steel with countless watch faces to choose from.
Select Hardware: Ticwatch comes with a built in speaker, microphone, linear vibrating motor to ifferentiate notifications and a dynamic optical heart rate sensor that enables accurate data tracking. Ticwatch 2 also comes with a magnetic wireless charging dock.
About Mobvoi: Mobvoi is an innovative AI company with in-house voice search technologies: speech recognition, natural language understanding, vertical search and proactive search. In October 2015, Mobvoi closed series-C round financing led by Google Inc. Since founding in late 2012, the company has raised over $75 million with a valuation of $300 million as of October 2015. Leveraging its voice search technologies, Mobvoi developed the smartwatch operating system Ticwear in late 2014 and launched Ticwatch, the online best-selling Android based smartwatch in China, in June 2015. For more information, please visit: www.mobvoi.com.