A mod­ern per­son looks at a smart­phone screen on aver­age 150 times a day. Devel­op­ers from Mar­t­ian have come up with “smart” Blue­tooth watch­es that allow you to avoid tak­ing out your smart­phone to dial SMS or make calls once again, redi­rect­ing a sig­nif­i­cant part of your dai­ly rou­tine to voice con­trol.

In 2012, the Mar­t­ian watch raised $221,298 on the Kick­starter crowd­fund­ing plat­form, which is more than twen­ty thou­sand more than planned, and already in Jan­u­ary 2013 it shone at CES with a demo ver­sion. Using the Mar­t­ian watch, the user can answer calls, receive SMS, dis­play var­i­ous noti­fi­ca­tions on the dis­play, and also send voice com­mands via the built-in Blue­tooth head­set.

There are cur­rent­ly sev­er­al mod­els in the Mar­t­ian line; We test­ed one of them, the lim­it­ed edi­tion Vic­to­ry, paired with an iPhone.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Price $299.00
Mate­ri­als

Stain­less steel case and buck­le

Rub­ber strap

Dimen­sions and weight

Diam­e­ter: 41mm

Height: 14.8 mm

Weight: 85 grams

Wire­less tech­nolo­gies Blue­tooth 4.0, incl. low pow­er mode
Pecu­liar­i­ties

Ana­logue quartz Japan­ese move­ment

Noise can­cel­ing micro­phone

Direc­tion­al speak­er

OLED dis­play, 96×16 pix­els

LED indi­ca­tor (three-col­or R/G/B)

Vibrate alert

Three-axis accelerom­e­ter

Anti-scratch glass

Splash pro­tec­tion

Micro-USB port for charg­ing and soft­ware updates

Nutri­tion

Two inde­pen­dent pow­er sys­tems (watch bat­tery + accu­mu­la­tor)

Lithi­um poly­mer bat­tery

2+ hours talk time

7 days stand­by time

Charg­ing time: 2 hours

Menu and noti­fi­ca­tion lan­guages Eng­lish, Span­ish, Ger­man, French, Japan­ese and Chi­nese
Mes­sage lan­guages all lan­guages ​​sup­port­ed by the smart­phone

Packaging, accessories

In addi­tion to the watch itself, a small card­board box con­tains a Micro USB cable and a short man­u­al on how to use the device.

Appearance

A mix of clas­sic and sporty styles: a round dial with a diam­e­ter of 41 mm with a rec­tan­gu­lar dis­play win­dow is enclosed in a pow­er­ful stain­less steel case with promi­nent con­trol but­tons.

Mar­t­ian Vic­to­ry look quite mas­sive. And although the watch is a lit­tle large and heavy for a wom­an’s wrist, it is quite suit­able as a dai­ly acces­so­ry for peo­ple of both sex­es who pre­fer casu­al or sporty cloth­ing.

Mar­t­ian Vic­to­ry weighs 85 grams. The mod­el is pre­sent­ed in black, sand and white col­ors. The black ver­sion has two options, with a chrome-plat­ed or blued body.

Two-thirds of the dial is occu­pied by an area for an ana­logue clock. There is also a three-col­or LED indi­ca­tor that lights up green when there is an incom­ing call, red when the bat­tery is low, and blue when there is a new mes­sage or noti­fi­ca­tions from appli­ca­tions.

A sep­a­rate space (about a third of the total field) is reserved for a mono­chrome dis­play, which dis­plays the caller’s name, received text mes­sages, weath­er infor­ma­tion, bat­tery lev­el and oth­er noti­fi­ca­tions. The dis­play dis­plays text in all lan­guages ​​sup­port­ed by the smart­phone paired with the watch.

There are three con­trol but­tons, and all of them are locat­ed around the perime­ter of the case. The main but­tons are locat­ed on the left. You can answer calls and access the main menu, as well as call voice com­mands using the but­ton locat­ed at 11 o’clock. The infor­ma­tion sub­menu (con­nec­tion via Blue­tooth to a smart­phone, bat­tery charge lev­el indi­ca­tor, switch­ing between sec­tions and search­ing for a phone if it is lost with­in Blue­tooth range) is called up by the but­ton locat­ed at 9 o’clock.

On the right side there is a arrow adjust­ment wheel, a sock­et for the Micro-USB port and a speak­er hid­den by a plug; a micro­phone is hid­den in the low­er part under the grille.

The sur­faces of the but­tons are coat­ed with a blue coat­ing: man­u­fac­tur­ers take care of the safe­ty of the coat­ing dur­ing deliv­ery. The back cov­er is engraved with the ser­i­al num­ber and the “Kick­starter” logo.

Ergonomics

It’s unusu­al to talk to the watch at first, but, in gen­er­al, it’s quite con­ve­nient to use. For exam­ple, you don’t have to wor­ry about miss­ing impor­tant infor­ma­tion: noti­fi­ca­tions about calls, SMS and updates are accom­pa­nied by a slight vibra­tion. The voice assis­tant is called by one click of the upper left but­ton, and you can also answer an incom­ing call with it. If you wear the watch on your left hand, it is con­ve­nient to press the con­trol but­tons with your right thumb. The resis­tance of the keys is small, but suf­fi­cient to pre­vent you from acci­den­tal­ly press­ing, say, with your sleeve.

The mono­chrome OLED dis­play is quite small, despite the fact that the area allo­cat­ed for it occu­pies a third of the sur­face of the dial. Dis­play res­o­lu­tion is 96x16 pix­els. The icons and text on it are easy to read, and mes­sages and noti­fi­ca­tions are dis­played in the form of a tick­er that scrolls twice by default.

Mar­t­ian Vic­to­ry is splash-proof, but not water-resis­tant: you can still wash your hands with­out tak­ing off the watch, but you shouldn’t expose it to heavy rain, much less swim. Which, by the way, can be con­sid­ered a flaw: after all, there are not many con­nec­tors on the case so as not to pro­vide the watch with at least a water resis­tant lev­el.

Sound

The direc­tion­al speak­er ensures that both voice and tech­ni­cal mes­sages are loud enough. The inter­locu­tor can be heard prac­ti­cal­ly with­out inter­fer­ence, except that the voice becomes a lit­tle “metal­lic”. You will only have to bring your hand clos­er to your ear in very noisy places. A micro­phone with a noise reduc­tion func­tion pro­vides good audi­bil­i­ty and sound detail in the oppo­site direc­tion: when answer­ing a call, you don’t have to raise your voice, even if you speak half a meter from the micro­phone.

Application Interface

Basic set­tings for Mar­t­ian Vic­to­ry are made using pro­pri­etary Mar­t­ian Watch Alerts appli­ca­tions, released for iPhone and Android. Through the appli­ca­tion, you can con­nect your watch and phone, find the watch if it is with­in Blue­tooth range, and set up noti­fi­ca­tions from your email and social net­works. The iOS appli­ca­tion sup­ports Face­book, Twit­ter, Cal­en­dar and Reminders. Android also sup­ports Gmail, G+, Skype, Insta­gram and What­sApp.

Both apps also offer more fine-grained set­tings: for exam­ple, you can set the inten­si­ty of watch vibra­tion, set the for­mat of the time dis­played on the dis­play, man­age noti­fi­ca­tions and calls, and set up weath­er alerts.

The apps sup­port Eng­lish, Span­ish, Ger­man, French, Japan­ese and Chi­nese. The text in noti­fi­ca­tions is clear­ly vis­i­ble: the watch dis­plays mes­sages in any of the lan­guages ​​sup­port­ed by the smart­phone. In par­tic­u­lar, Euro­pean let­ters are dis­played with­out dis­tor­tion, and there are no prob­lems with encod­ing.

Watch features

Voice con­trol of your watch is lim­it­ed only by your phone’s voice capa­bil­i­ties. iOS7 devices that sup­port Siri will have access to all its func­tions through the watch, as well as Android devices will have full Voice Com­mand and Google Now capa­bil­i­ties. iOS devices that don’t sup­port Siri fall back to reg­u­lar voice con­trol.

The user can voice-acti­vate the com­mand “send mes­sage”, “read mes­sage” or “reply” with­out tak­ing the smart­phone out of his pock­et, which is espe­cial­ly con­ve­nient while dri­ving. Using speech com­mands, you can play music from your phone’s library, dic­tate an SMS or e‑mail, and acti­vate a timer. All noti­fi­ca­tions are accom­pa­nied by a slight vibra­tion and are dupli­cat­ed in a syn­the­sized voice.

In addi­tion, after pair­ing, the watch and smart­phone can “search” for each oth­er as long as they are with­in Blue­tooth range (up to 10 meters), and the Leash func­tion makes the watch vibrate when the phone moves away from this dis­tance. It’s very con­ve­nient to use this fea­ture to look for a smart­phone when you for­get where you put it.

You can launch the cam­era on your smart­phone direct­ly from the watch to take self­ies or group shots.

Of the ges­ture con­trols, only the “hang up” com­mand is sup­port­ed. To do this, just shake your hand. The devel­op­ers plan to expand the library of ges­ture com­mands — new fea­tures will be avail­able with the release of the next firmware.

The response speed of the watch direct­ly depends on the data trans­fer speed via Blue­tooth. Mar­t­ian sup­ports Blue­tooth 4.0, which includes high-speed and low-pow­er pro­to­cols, among oth­ers.

This opti­mized ver­sion is installed, for exam­ple, on Apple smart­phones start­ing with the iPhone 4S, and is sup­port­ed on many oth­er smart­phones. Blue­tooth 4.0 com­pat­i­ble devices will expe­ri­ence faster per­for­mance with the Mar­tial watch.

The watch can show the time of two dif­fer­ent zones: the dig­i­tal dis­play shows the time set on the smart­phone, and the ana­log dis­play shows any time set by the user. Con­ve­nient for long trips.

Autonomous operation

The quartz move­ment is pow­ered by a sep­a­rate bat­tery. The stat­ed oper­at­ing time is two years. The elec­tron­ic part is charged via a Micro-USB con­nec­tor from the net­work or USB port of a com­put­er. The bat­tery con­sumes its charge in more than two hours of con­tin­u­ous talk and a week in stand­by mode, as indi­cat­ed in the doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Sep­a­rate pow­er sup­ply for the dig­i­tal and ana­log parts is a very use­ful thing: if the elec­tron­ic part runs out, the watch will show the time, and will not turn into a point­less bur­den on the wrist.

Results

Mar­t­ian Vic­to­ry is an ana­log watch with addi­tion­al func­tions, the set of which depends more on the mod­el of the smart­phone used and the oper­at­ing sys­tem installed on it. This mod­el does not have full sup­port for ges­tures, but voice con­trol and a dis­play with noti­fi­ca­tions already great­ly sim­pli­fy many actions. Take a quick look at the received SMS, dic­tate a response to it and imme­di­ate­ly send it, call back in response, lis­ten to cal­en­dar reminders, find out about updates on social net­works or turn on a playlist with­out tak­ing your smart­phone out of your pock­et — all this is very con­ve­nient. At the same time, users expect more capa­bil­i­ties from smart­watch­es than just a Blue­tooth head­set with a dis­play that can show the time.

Pros:

  • sep­a­rate pow­er sup­ply for dig­i­tal and ana­log parts;
  • attrac­tive design;
  • Ease of use;
  • loud and clear sound.

Minus­es:

  • poor pro­tec­tion from water and dust;
  • small elec­tron­ic dis­play.

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