PRESS RELEASE | AUGUST 2012PCH Accelerator announces partnership with MetaWatch Strata
PCH International is delighted to announce a partnership with MetaWatch as part of its Accelerator program, coinciding with the launch of the MetaWatch STRATA, the first smart sports watch to be compatible with both IOS6 and Android smartphones.
“We’re very excited to announce our latest PCH Accelerator client, MetaWatch,” said PCH International Founder and CEO Liam Casey. “Our Accelerator program is helping to build the Fortune 500 companies of the future. MetaWatch CEO Bill Geiser and CTO David Rosales have almost a decade of experience designing smartwatches, and they are disrupting the watch industry with their innovative thinking. Coupled with PCH product development and supply chain expertise, and our ability to scale, we are bringing a revolutionary new product to market.”
A game-changing smart sports watch that not only tells time, it saves time. PCH International has worked with MetaWatch as part of its Accelerator program to offer the same product development and supply chain management services that it offers to the world’s top brands. MetaWatch has been able to take advantage of PCH expertise in product development, module mechanical design, case mechanical design, prototyping, tooling, manufacturing, quality testing, packaging design, kitting and order fulfillment.
MetaWatch publically launched STRATA on the popular crowd funding website Kickstarter and, within 48 hours, had achieved its funding goal. When the campaign ended, MetaWatch raised nearly $310,000, tripling its initial goal of $100,000. Some 1,767 people pledged $159 or more to be the first to wear the startup’s STRATA watch that syncs with iPhone and Android.
MetaWatch CEO Bill Geiser said: “The STRATA is truly a fusion of fashion and technology. This is a watch that not only tells time, it saves time. With a Bluetooth 4.0 connection to your smartphone, you can check messages, see who’s calling, control music, view weather, GPS, and more, all from your wrist. It’s Glance-and-Go. We are delighted to have PCH as our supply chain partners to manage the production of our new watches, delivering to the market months ahead of our closest competitors.”
MetaWatch CTO David Rosales added: “Smartphones have brought incredible connectivity to our lives but they have also, in a way, tied us to that information. Every time your phone dings or bleeps you want to know what it is. Hands Freedom is how we describe the broad range of benefits MetaWatch STRATA provides. It brings you convenience and delivers the things you want to know, without sacrificing your style.”
The STRATA is available in a range of vibrant colours including Stealth (black), Tangerine, Optic Green, Olympian Blue, and Olympian Blue with Digital Camo strap. Susan Kare limited edition watches will be available from November in in white and black, and each includes a variant of Kare’s classic spray paint icon.
Made from double-injection molded PU, the watch is 5 ATM water resistant, with a rechargeable battery that can last up to a week, and is particularly appealing to runners, cyclists and swimmers.
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(Image of Bill & David courtesy of Dallas News)