First Swiss smartwatch announced.

Behold! The Hyetis Crossbow -- Switzerland's first entry into the smartwatch racket.

The watch combines an analog watch with an over-the-top, full-featured smartphone. Really full-featured. 

Under the mechanical hands lies a high-resolution color display.

The watch connects via both WiFi and Bluetooth and can be paired with a smartphone.

It has sensors galore, too, including an altimeter, light meter, microphone, thermometer and barometer, as well as biometric sensors built into the band. 

A 41 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics points out from the 12 hand position. 

Two rechargeable batteries are housed inside the watch's wristband, and a conventional watch battery inside powers the mechanical hands.

You configure the watch with a free app or on the Hyetis web site. 

Hyetis says they're limiting the initial release to 500 units, and it will cost $1,200. It ships later this year, according to the company web site, and will soon be available for pre-order. After the initial production run, the company says they'll start work on a version that will be configurable online like the Moto X.

So far, this strikes me as a startup with a big idea that's using its limited release to raise funds for the manufacturing. I doubt they'll ship this year, and it's possible they may never ship. Still, it's an ambitious effort. I'll be keeping my eye on this one. 

http://www.hyetis.com/

A different picture of the Hyetis Crossbow was today's Mystery Pic. Big props to ME for coming up with a Mystery Pic nobody could guess! 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MikeElgan/posts/5DhdQTzJqTh

+Arny Kapshitzer 
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