A Bold move: New Alibaba-sourced smartwatch hits the US market

There’s a new smartwatch on the block, and it’s certainly making a BOLD statement. We’re a little confused about the actual name of the product, which is either the iSporTix (according to the website), or the BOLD Band CLASIQ & SPORT according to “Creator and CEO” Kevin Ciesielski’s page on LinkedIn.

The watch is on sale at a just over $300, with the tagline “wear your phone around your wrist”.

I’m too BOLD for my watch

It is taking a no-nonsense, “fork lift” straight-at-the-problem approach of porting a fully-functional 4G/LTE smartphone into a wristwatch form factor, as it packs in a 1.54-inch Screen, 1GHz Dual Core CPU, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Wi-Fi. The result? “The perfect example of what the future of mobile phone technology has to offer.”

It’s certainly a bold move, but we’re not sure about Kevin’s creator claim, since it looks like a straight import from Alibaba, the Chinese commerce site. Alibaba is absolutely brimming with smartwatches – with more than 500 suppliers offering a staggering 28,000 different options, although some look more attractive than others. Kevin’s Bold looks very closely related to the Gaoxin “smart wifi Bluetooth smartwatch”, but it could be one of 100.

Details of actual spec are a bit murky – the website says it has a 1GHz dual-core CPU, elsewhere it claims both 1.2GHz and 1.25GHz, and we’re frankly puzzled by the promotional shot (zoom in) showing “Google Maps built in the Wave”, since of all the towns in all the world, it includes a streetmap of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates: somewhere that relatively few Americans care to venture.

The BOLD is said to come complete with a smartphone app, although WTW tried without success to download the versions for iPhone and Android. The Android app did download from the Amazon link, though …

Ciesielski’s firm is also touting a GOFiT smart wristband. It’s a brave move by Houston, Texas-based Kevin, as this is a straight import of a Copy China, Made in Shenzhen smart wristband, although the BOLD online store appears to have some teething troubles, as no retail price is yet available. For a minimum order of 3000 pieces, the bands are available as the “WP-808” on Alibaba for a target of $25-30 each, so expect a US retail price around $49.99. Details of the app are not yet available.

/WTW

 

4 Responses to A Bold move: New Alibaba-sourced smartwatch hits the US market

  1. Hello WearableTechWatch.net,
    Let me clarify some confusion on the Bold Band iSporTix… The iSporTix is similar, and built by the same manufacturer as some may know of as the A.I. WATCH..
    So firstly, we’ve just got confirmation of exact specifications which i will list below:
    THESE SPECIFICATIONS ARE AS OF APRIL 1, 2014 AND ARE WHAT HAS BEEN PRODUCED
    * Runs Android 4.2
    * 512MB RAM, 4-8GB ROM, Internal Storage
    * is Waterproof, rating IP66
    * Triple & Quad-bands: GSM/CDMA
    * can be Worn as Lanyard or Wristband.
    * 3G,Bluetooth,Email,WiFi,FM Radio,MP3 Playback
    * Speaker & Microphone
    * Voice Control, G-sensor, +3 additional sensors
    * Black,White,Black,Pink,Green,Orange – wristbands
    * Battery: 500mAh
    * Talk time; 180min Standy time: 100H
    * Custom Engineering: QI Wireless charging system,
    Customers choice to add: Car, Home, Payment automation systems as Whole or seperate
    * Each watch comes ACTIVATED with Service, Data, SMS
    Open your box – and Ready to GO!
    This watch is nothing like the S5 as the link went to.. We will soon be selling on Amazon and as always on our website.. We’ve been working with our asian partners on this project, which you may see on alibaba, however, there is NO watch to buy from there – only through our stores, if in the USA..
    THE FUTURE FOR BEBOLD TECHNOLOGIES
    This iSporTIx Smartwatch, is, let me be clear – a test, for consumers to provide feedback, what EVERYONE really WANTS in a smartwatch — IS NOT AVAILABLE today. Neither will this 1st Generation of Bold Band,
    OUR FOCUS IS ON THE FUTURE!
    ~ Now, Here is the KICKER! ~
    We’re working on developing a 2nd Generation & 3rd Generation, 1 of which will be able to perform functions ANY desktop computer would.. the Other has a 2.1″ e-ink Color Triton display, 1/3 inch thickness, 1.5Ghz Processor @500MB, 1GB RAM, 16-32GB Internal Storage, 3 Colors to Choose — and Runs STRICTLY off the cloud through a proprietary relay/cloud device.

    • Damien Douk says:

      Dear Kevin Ciesielski,
      A.I Technologies “A.I Watch” its a manufacturer by itself, we are providing OEM/ ODM service / Solutions as per client requirements We are actually developing other projects for different companies.
      My specialized team, focuses on Hardware, design and PCBA solution for different wearable devices.
      We utilize our expertise and extensive resources to turn Idea / prototype into a fully manufacturable product for successful MP.
      Contrary to the thinking of many entrepreneurs, there are still big differences between “prototype” and “final product ready for MP” (ie: quality issues, testing, certification, hidden component sourcing dangers … etc) ==> and we are here to bridge the gap and help ensure a successful mass production and market launch.
      Basically, to turn your good idea into a realizable dream for the masses.
      If we was providing to your company ODM / OEM service I will be aware of that, so please stop to mislead others and writing falls, fake information about your smartwatch development!!!!
      Please stop to write falls information before we will start to take actions against you.
      A.I Watch is the result of meticulous care in design, long development and in selecting the highest caliber components today we are revolutionizing the Wearable technology and another time redefining the benchmark in the exclusive Wearable segment.
      Best Regards
      Damien Douk
      A.I Watch Creator
      A.I Technologies

  2. BOLD BAND Watch says:

    Hello WearableTechWatch.net Journalists & Readers!

    – KEVIN HERE TO CLEAR UP SOME EARLIER MESSES MADE OVER SPECS, ETC –
    – I WANT TO HELP CLARIFY THE iSPORTiX

    Let me clarify some confusion on the Bold Band iSporTix… The iSporTix is similar, and built by the same manufacturer as some may know of as the A.I. WATCH..

    So firstly, we’ve just got confirmation of exact specifications which i will list below:
    THESE SPECIFICATIONS ARE AS OF APRIL 1, 2014 AND ARE WHAT HAS BEEN PRODUCED

    * ARM v7 Processor NEON
    * Runs Android 4.2
    * 512MB RAM, 4-8GB ROM, Internal Storage
    * is Waterproof, rating IP66
    * Triple & Quad-bands: GSM/CDMA
    * can be Worn as Lanyard or Wristband.
    * 3G,Bluetooth,Email,WiFi,FM Radio,MP3 Playback
    * Speaker & Microphone
    * Voice Control, G-sensor, +3 additional sensors
    * Black,White,Black,Pink,Green,Orange – wristbands
    * Battery: 500mAh
    * Talk time; 180min Standy time: 100H
    * Custom Engineering: QI Wireless charging system,
    [ Customers choice to add: Car, Home, Payment automation systems as Whole or seperate ]
    * Each watch comes ACTIVATED with Service, Data, SMS
    [ Open your box – and Ready to GO! ]

    This watch is nothing like the S5 as the link went to.. We will soon be selling on Amazon and as always on our website.. We’ve been working with our asian partners on this project, which you may see on alibaba, however, there is NO watch to buy from there – only through our stores, if in the USA..

    THE FUTURE FOR BEBOLD TECHNOLOGIES
    This iSporTIx Smartwatch, is, let me be clear – a test, for consumers to provide feedback, what EVERYONE really WANTS in a smartwatch — IS NOT AVAILABLE today. Neither will this 1st Generation of Bold Band,

    OUR FOCUS IS ON THE FUTURE!
    ~ Now, Here is the KICKER! ~

    We’re working on developing a 2nd Generation & 3rd Generation, 1 of which will be able to perform functions ANY desktop computer would.. the Other has a 2.1″ e-ink Color Triton display, 1/3 inch thickness, 1.5Ghz Processor @500MB, 1GB RAM, 16-32GB Internal Storage, 3 Colors to Choose — and Runs STRICTLY off the cloud through a proprietary relay/cloud device.

  3. BOLD BAND Watch says:

    We do not offer an iPhone Version of the App, I apologize if there was confusion there – we want to focus on Android striclty – App is up AND RUNNING PERFECTLY NOW!

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