Will.i.am's Puls looks like a bracelet, is smarter than a watch

— 9:13 AM on October 16, 2014

Move over, smartwatches. Black Eyed Peas member and Intel "director of creative innovation" Will.i.am has introduced a smart... cuff. The bracelet-like device is called the Puls—pronounced "pulse," according to The Next Web—and it's set to be available this year.

Unlike typical smartwatches, the Puls is a completely standalone device. It's reportedly based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor backed by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity are all included along with a GPS, pedometer, accelerometer, and speaker. The battery is built into the band bracelet, but the run time appears to be relatively short. The Wall Street Journal says the Puls offers roughly five hours of "continuous" use on a single charge. The device should last a lot longer on standby, at least.

Will.i.am funded the Puls himself, and given the underlying hardware, it doesn't look like Intel was involved. The device will run a "forked version of Android" and come loaded with its own voice-activated assistant, dubbed Aneeda. It will also include a few unusual apps, including a Vibe "emotion detector" and a "full Geographic Information Systems element."

The Puls will be offered in a range of colors and in a blinged-out incarnation draped in gold and diamonds. There's no word on pricing, but the Puls is being sold as a "fashionology" device, so even the standard versions may come at a premium. We should know soon enough, because the Puls is slated to be available through AT&T "in time for the holidays."

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