11 reasons I backed the Kreyos Smartwatch

by Jeff Hilimire on June 26, 2013


I recently backed the Kreyos Smartwatch on Indiegogo (a Kickstarter competitor) and since I already have a Pebble Watch, I thought I’d explain why I wanted this device. If you aren’t familiar with the Kreyos, you can check out the video at the bottom.

  1. I always knew the Pebble Watch was “version one” of smart watches, and while I enjoy it I am eagerly waiting for companies to start building the next generation of this technology. And while I don’t think the Kreyos is “version two”, I do think its the next evolution and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
  2. I’m a technology junkie so let’s be honest, this list is as much me justifying it to myself as anything ;)
  3. Because it has the capabilities of both my Pebble Watch and my Fitbit One, which I can ebay for well over the cost of the Kreyos once I get it. So my plan is to receive the Kreyos, test it for a few weeks and then sell the Pebble and Fitbit.
  4. You can talk into it and control it with your voice, which is probably the main drawback of the Pebble.
  5. It has a lost phone function to help you find your phone. How cool is that?
  6. It will come with a SDK (software development kit) and it appears they will release that ahead of the watch being shipped (November 2013 I believe) so hopefully there will be apps created ahead of time.
  7. You can switch it to a BeltClip. This will be extremely useful as I take my Pebble off sometimes when I’m typing because it bangs on the laptop. I also prefer when I exercise not to wear a watch but I always wear my Fitbit, which clips on.
  8. They promise to have golf apps that help you analyze your swing. That’ll be badass.
  9. It’s waterproof. The Fitbit One is not waterproof which can be a big limitation during the summertime.
  10. You can use it independently of your smartphone and then sync it later. This is something that the Fitbit does but the Pebble doesn’t really do as it can’t store information/data remotely. So this means you can go for a run with your Kreyos watch and then sync up the data when you get back to your phone, which is terrific.
  11. They have a terrific referral and advocacy program which is something I wish more companies would do. So check it out via my referral link!

But really, we’re talking about #2 here and we all know it :)

Oh, and I found out about the Kreyos a while back from this friend who has a great new blog you should check out.

KREYOS: The ONLY Smartwatch With Voice & Gesture Control from Kreyos on Vimeo.

  • TS

    I’m in.

  • TS

    BTW, how long until your favorite fruit enters this space?

  • http://www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff Hilimire

    a) when you back it, do it from my link! b) man I don’t know, they still haven’t finished the appletv plan everyone thought they’d do, plus I want them to re-engineer automobile systems. Who knows!

  • TS

    Sorry – I had already backed and didn’t use your link. My apologies. Can’t wait until the watch comes in – wish delivery was not so far away.

  • David

    Humm… It really needs a GPS/Maps and also a peda counter built in. I’m still looking for Dick Tracy and bet the ambient noise levels really suck.I wish it held music as well. I’ve been fooling around with Chinese ones/bricks and this looks/sounds great for the tech/size. I may bite at the prices that likely will remain the same as they are now. It’s fun to be exclusive/leading edge and can be a really rough ride. The videos are just dramatizations so be very clear you may not hear/be heard very well except when inside. A very slick marketing campaign and one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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  • Joe Koufman

    I was on the Klout early referral link, but I did not get one then. Just used your referral link. I am in.

  • http://www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff Hilimire

    Thanks! Did you just do it yesterday or did you do it like a week ago? My analytics on Indiegogo (pretty cool) shows that 6 people have bought from my link, but that was the number over a week ago…

  • http://www.smartwatch-infos.de/ Smartwatch Infos

    Wow looking forward for this watch

  • http://www.smartwatch-infos.de/ Smartwatch Infos

    And now you get one for free?!

  • http://www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff Hilimire

    Looks like I will get mine for free, yep!


    Also looking forward for this watch. Made a infographic for a better comparision between Kreyos, Pebble and Agent. Hope you guys like it to! http://www.dreiprodukte.de/2013/kreyon-meteor-pebble-agent-smartwatch-vergleich/

  • http://www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff Hilimire

    Nice work!

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  • Joe Calabrese

    Do you still think Kreyos is a good idea? Delay upon delay upon delay. Promises not kept. False statements and most important a company that only seems to exist on paper (and not much of that) with non working phone numbers, multiple mailing addresses and no real listing of people involved. Check out Kreyos Facebook page. It’s getting real ugly there.

  • http://www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff Hilimire

    I’m so disheartened with this product at this point. If the Kreyos watch had come out six months ago, I do think it would have been great. Now its likely to come out right when a bunch of other awesome ones do so I’m not sure how excited I’ll be. I just want to get one in my hands!!!

  • Cha

    Cha from Kreyos here.
    we understand the sentiment, and we’re really sorry about the latest delay. made the update as soon as we got the news. we hate delays like you, so rest assured this is the last hitch before the Meteor ships, and we’ll keep you updated for the production run. thank you.

  • Melzor

    “It will come with a SDK (software development kit) and it appears they will release that ahead of the watch being shipped (November 2013 I believe”… Man this is the saddest thing I’ve read today… we were so hopeful with this device… and now almost half a year beyond their target date… still no watch :(

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