Hardware electronics manufacturer Acer announced it will be entering the wearable market on April 29th. The company showed off a fitness-tracking wristband that can be used with its upcoming line of mobile devices.
The Liquid Leap Smartband captures information about the person wearing it by using sensors to track fitness activities and pair with smartphones. The company debut of the wristband offered little detail on exactly what it will be able to do, but they did say it is 17mm wide and will be available in limited markets when it first launches.
The company also unveiled the latest smartphone the Liquid Jade that will go along with the Liquid Leap. It will be the flagship smartphone for the company -- and provide users with a range of colors and functionality. The main statement made by the company is that the new smartphone has "no sharp surfaces," Acer says.
The smartphone will be available to the world market everywhere except the U.S. in July and August. The U.S. will have to wait though until Acer announces an official date for launch. Acer is currently in talks with carriers inside the U.S. -- and will provide more details in the future once a deal has been reached to provide it to the market.
Acer has decided to expand into the smartphone market after the PC market has slowly started to flatten out over the years. The new CEO Jason Chen wants to move "into adjacent markets" outside of the PC realm according to PC World.
"The goal is to ultimately connect all devices to the cloud, so Acer is also investing in software and cloud services", Chen said.
There has been no word on the price for the initial release of the smartphone or its companion smart wristband.
Acer also announced the latest line of PC notebooks, including the Acer Aspire Switch 10, a 2-in-1 notebook that comes with a 10-inch HD IPS screen, 2GB of ram, and a choice of either 64 or 500GB HDD space. In addition, they showed off the new E series E14 and 15 notebooks. The 15-inch notebooks come with HD IPS screens 7-hour battery life, and gesture controlled notepads TheNextWeb reports.