Have you found yourself wishing your Apple Watch had a camera? The developers of the Wristcam seem like they did, as their device integrates two cameras into an Apple-certified strap that can be controlled via an Apple Watch app.
The strap noticeably bulkier than a typical Apple Watch strap, but that is to be expected since it integrates two HD cameras and its own power source. The company advertises the Wristcam as giving the wearer “freedom to instantly capture and share high-quality photo and video, straight from your wrist.”
The strap integrates two Sony cameras: one is an 8-megapixel “world-facing” camera designed to take photos and videos of your surroundings, and the other is a 2-megapixel self-facing camera made for taking video calls. Both cameras support video streaming. The company claims either camera supports 1080p video with 3840×2160 images.
The Wristcam works in tandem with the Wristcam app on the Apple Watch and allows you to control what the cameras are doing, like initiating a live stream, using your watch to take photos, and sharing anything captured.
The company is promising “all-day battery life” via a built-in, independently charging battery. The Wristcam includes built-in Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 5.0.
Wristcam is advertising unlimited cloud storage on top of on-device 8 GB internal storage. How the unlimited storage will work and for how long it will really remain “unlimited” isn’t clarified.
The Wristcam will retail for $299 and comes in four basic colors: noir (black), blanc (white), gray, and rosé. Additional straps that do not include the camera module can be purchased for $50 and are available in twilight (a light blue), grape crush (purple), and Henna (red-brown). It is compatible with all iPhones starting at the 6S and all Apple Watches from Series 1 through 6.
The Wristcam is currently available for pre-order – or as Wristcam phrases it, “Reserve” – and is expected to start shipping in March of 2021.