The Ultimate Smart Watch For The World Traveler
It’s about time the wristwatch started becoming as smart as your phone. Cue the new Casio Edifice EQB-600, the perfect smart watch for those who travel the world and want a watch to keep up with them. The Edifice links up to your phone via Bluetooth, and with an exclusive app for your phone, determines your location and syncs up your watch’s time automatically.
With the app, the watch is actually able to reset regularly 4 times a day and show both home time and world time correctly (if you’re traveling that much in one day, you’re going to need all the help you can get). The main dial shows the time of where you currently are, while the inset dome dial on the lower left side shows the time of where you came from (or vice versa depending on your preference).
The 3-D globe dial on the right side rotates every 24 hours in sync with the globe’s rotation, with a hand indicating the time zone of the city of your choosing (the top half of the globe will indicate where it is nighttime, and the lower half shows where it is daytime).
So how does the watch work exactly? Elves, obviously. No, actually accurate time information (UTC) is acquired by pinging a deadly accurate server on the internet. Your phone takes the time data and its own current location data regarding the time zone and daylight saving time status and resets the watch to the correct time automatically.
On a recent trip to France I was able to try the watch and its functionality out with a sample Casio had sent me, and the watch worked perfectly, syncing up with no problem, and also fulfilling my inner tech geek impulse that doesn’t escape me, even while traveling.
You can also reset the watch manually with just a push of a button when crossing between time zones. The precise time in the current location is displayed instantly with daylight saving time taken into account.
Given the amount of things going on here, the phone needs a little help in the power department, which is why it also includes a supplemental solar power function that allows the watch to take some strain off of the internal battery so you don’t have to worry about constantly changing it.
To learn more, visit the official Casio EQB-600 site here.
Matt Stabile is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Expeditioner. The Expeditioner began in 2008 and is headquartered in New York City. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos or contact him at any time at TheExpeditioner.com.