Acer’s new wearable, the Liquid Leap, won’t be available until later this summer. But our colleagues at IDG News Service got some hands on time with the wristband at Computex this week in Taiwan and filed this video report.
In case you missed Acer’s Liquid Leap announcement back in April, the wrist-worn device is designed to capture fitness data through sensors that track different health-related activities. In the video above, you’ll see some of those functions, including the Leap’s ability to track steps, calories, how far you’ve traveled, and how much time you’ve exercised.
The Leap is supposed to pair with a smartphone from Acer called the Liquid Jade, with a debut planned in the third quarter. Acer says it may offer the Liquid Leap on a standalone basis later in the year if the devices proves to be a success.
It’s early days for the wearables market, with hardware makers both big and small looking to capture the hearts, minds, and fitness info of users. Can Acer and Liquid Leap enjoy the kind of success that the Sonys and Samsungs of the world have yet to achieve with wearables? At first glance, the device seems to be facing many of the obstacles that have held back similar products—a restrictive hardware tie-in and a feature set that doesn’t exactly set it apart from the wearables crowd. But watch the video and judge for yourself.
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