Do you think smartphones have hit a plateau and they are just running around in circles? If you do, then you have not heard about the Runcible phone that has been introduced by Monohm – a startup based in San Francisco. It qualifies as one of the most amazingly creative gadgets and was on display at Mobile World Congress. It will be launched later this year and shall definitely be a success.
The phone is about the size of a pocket watch and is circular in shape. Once launched, users will be able to simply take the SIM card out of the smartphone and insert it into Runcible for a simplified experience. It has been shaped after the traditional pocket watch and a compact compass. The change will be surely welcomed considering how big the smartphones are becoming. The back cover sports a number of choices to select from, such as copper, tin, wood, recycled plastic or ceramic.
The peculiar name of the gadget has been derived from a Victorian-era word and is quite a strange name actually. The gadget operates on Firefox OS and features a charging port, rear camera and will allow users to attach a chain to it. Although the device resembles a pocket watch, it can be used as a phone too. You can have it paired with a Bluetooth earpiece and be able to attend calls directly, however, the whole idea behind this gadget is to limit the information being thrown at the user.
The user can only select 12 contacts who can be talked with from the gadget while everyone else will go to voicemail. It won’t be alerting you every time you get a Twitter or Facebook alert, however, it will notify you subtly when significant activity is going on at these social media platforms.
Runcible comes with creative GPS directions as well; it will take you via the most scenic route instead of taking you directly to the location. The device features a lot of Easter Eggs that will have the user occupied and entertained. The company has stated that the gadget will be priced at the rate of an unlocked smartphone, which implies that it will cost around $600.
Let’s see how Runcible does once released, fingers crossed!