Earlier this year, Google introduced two new Android Wear smartwatches that it partnered with LG on. Now another division of Alphabet has announced a smartwatch of its own.
Verily, a division of Alphabet focused on life sciences, today announced the Verily Study Watch. The goal of the Verily Study Watch is to gather data about the wearer and their health and to study how continuous wear impacts their experience.
The Verily Study Watch includes physiological and environmental sensors to study heart rate, electrodermal activity, and more. For example, it’ll be used in the Personalized Parkinson’s Project to identify patterns in the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
While Verily isn’t talking about the straight-up specs of the Verily Study Watch, it does say that the device has “a powerful processor” for performing real-time algorithms on the device, a large amount of internal storage for holding the raw data that it collects, and a battery that’ll last up to one week on a single charge.
Also of note is the display, which is always on so that the time is constantly shown. The low power, high-res display has a clean look, only showing the time and certain instructions for the wearer.
The Verily Study Watch looks pretty nice, offering one of the most watch-like designs of any smartwatch that we’ve seen to date. The week-long battery life makes it even more attractive. The bad news is that the Verily Study Watch will not be sold to consumers. While it may not be a super great smartwatch for regular consumers that want smartphone notifications and the like on their wrist, the Verily Study Watch still looks like a nice little timepiece.