In this day and age, many people seem to believe that the smaller anything is the better. After the rise of tablets and the popularity of the iPad, we thought that as along as a device works great, nothing can threaten its existence. Unfortunately, Simon Tian would like to prove us wrong with this innovative smartphone which he boasts as a device which is only as small as a watch. The 18-year old genius is maintaining that his working prototype called the Neptune Pine is not only a smart watch because it has the same features as the regular-sized smartphones that we have in the market today. The device, which is easily strapped on a user’s wrist, even runs on an Android OS which means different apps can be accessed through the device.
Currently, Tian is working with nine-people at the Neptune (a Quebec-based startup) in order to iron-out everything in time for a mid-April unveiling of the device. Of course, we expect the product’s release into the market only after about a year or so.
Tian’s history, is as intriguing as his new device. Apparently, the 18-year old started his business while he was in a pre-college preparation year. Thinking that he can skip the rest of his education, he acquired funds from his family and closest friends and founded Neptune.
Looking over Neptune’s Pine plans, we learned that the nifty gadget might really look like a pretty large wristwatch. It will, of course, have a touchscreen which is about 2.4-inch diagonally with a resolution of about 320 x 240 pixels. Another interesting feature of this minute device is its 5-megapixel camera which can be very useful.
As for the heart of any device, Neptune is still on the testing phase in order to find the best suit for its device. Apparently, some high-tech minute-chips are already capable of running a device’s radios in order for processing Bluetooth as well as Wifi. With this, Neptune’s Pine may be a force to reckon with in the mobile world.
On the other hand, Tian still has to solve the company’s problem regarding batteries. The best batteries are still those which are bigger. With this, Tian still needs to find miniaturized high-powered batteries which can fit into his device. Fortunately, the CEO is positive that his team will be able to solve this dilemma.
While Tian sees a bright light ahead of his path, others are still doubtful as to whether he will be able to mass produce such a device. Despite the speculation, Tian still believes in his team and his connections to follow-through with the project.
The prototype for Neptune Pine is expected to be unveiled on April of this year. Pricing is set at $ 395.