Mobvoi Inc., a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company backed by Google and Volkswagen, is launching new wearables in their Tic line of products – Ticwatch E (Express) and Ticwatch S (Sport), smartwatches powered by Android Wear. The early bird price will start at $99 while the MSRP will be $159 for E and $199 for S.
Ticwatch E and S embody the latest technologies in wearable software and hardware development. To start, both have intuitive user interfaces that give users access to Android Wear’s robust app ecosystem which includes apps for fitness tracking, productivity, sleep monitoring, music streaming and more. Having been developing their own wearable apps for the past 3 years, Ticwatch E and S will come with Mobvoi’s own first party health and fitness apps pre-installed and optimized for the user’s experience.
Both smartwatches’ hardware innovations include having a water and dust resistance rating of IP67, and all the essential sensors that enable health and fitness features, such as a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer, and GPS. Ticwatch E features a unique translucent casing design while Ticwatch S is tailored for an active lifestyle with breathable watch bands that minimize sweat and that are embedded with GPS sensors to greatly improve its positioning accuracy.
Besides their functional utility, both watches won design awards with Ticwatch E winning a 2016 Good Design Award and Ticwatch S winning a 2017 IF Design Award. Ticwatch E and S serve to expand the Ticwatch lineup and offer a watch for every lifestyle out there, while still at extremely affordable prices.
“For us, it’s always been about our community of users and the amazing feedback they give us.” explained Zhifei Li, CEO and Cofounder of Mobvoi. “Ticwatch E and S represent our response to that feedback and features the latest in smartwatch technologies while maintaining our commitment to affordable pricing.”
Mobvoi is setting themselves apart in the smartwatch industry through award-winning design, affordable pricing, engagement with their user community and its designation as an official Android Wear partner.
“Google is committed to providing a wide variety of Android Wear smartwatches that allow people to wear what they want,” said David Singleton, Vice President of Android Engineering, Google. “We’re excited for the addition of Mobvoi’s full-featured smartwatch products to the collection, offering users with unique experiences at competitive prices.”
Ticwatch S and E Technical Specifications:
*Requires a phone running Android™ 4.3+ or iOS 8.2+. Supported features may vary between platforms. Visit g.co/wearcheck on your Android phone or iPhone® to see if it’s compatible.
*Google, Android and Android Wear are trademarks of Google Inc.
Mobvoi is an AI tech company with in-house core technologies in the areas including speech recognition, natural language understanding, vertical search, etc. The Beijing-based Chinese startup has announced 6 rounds of financing, including Sequoia, Zhenfund, SIG, Google, and Volkswagen Group. Mobvoi formed strategic partnership with Google Android Wear in 2015 and with automobile giant Volkswagen in 2017.
Mobvoi has accumulated experiences in developing AI-powered smart products that enhance daily life scenarios, including wearables, auto and home to bring creativity to people’s life.
Mobvoi’s flagship hardware/software integrated products include Ticwatch, a smartwatch and Ticmirror (available in China only), a smart rear-view mirror. In 2016 July, Mobvoi launched Ticwatch 2 global edition through Kickstarter and raised over 2 million USD in 30 days.