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Casio launches Android Wear watch for the great outdoors

Down the years, there have been plenty of Casio watches that could certainly be described as “smart”. The iconic calculator watches from the 1980s are still beloved, while some of the firm’s G-Shock watches feature GPS technology.

However, the company has now launched a device that fits the modern definition of a smartwatch – in the shape of the WSD-F10, running Google’s Android Wear operating system.

Compatible with the iPhone and Android, the Smart Outdoor Watch is tailored for more adventurous types.

The idea is to produce a tough watch that enables outdoorsmen and women to stay in touch with their notifications without risking their smartphones.

Like so many of Casio’s traditional watches it’s waterproof to 50m, while its general toughness meets US military standards. This makes it ideal for use in extreme weather conditions and rugged environments.

There’s a prominent microphone button on the front of the device, while battery life should be good for more than a day.

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With a 1.32-inch 320 x 300 display rocking that Moto 360-like “flat tyre” design, it also features some hardware sensors you won’t see on the emerging pack of Android Wear watches. There’s an air pressure sensor, altitude meter and a compass.

There’s also tide graphs, sunrise and sunset times and activity graphs. Casio says the array of sensors provides “real-time information about changes in the natural environment and activity levels.”

Wearers will be able to access this data from the familiar buttons on
the side of the device, which naturally have been designed to be used even whilst wearing
gloves.

The WSD-F10 will arrive in April for the rather considerable cost of $500 (around £320) and will be available in four colours.

Although the price may seem expensive, it sure does beat dropping your flagship Android phone in a drink, while out doing a spot of fishing.

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