Glide is a company primarily known for its software, now announced that they are taking pre-orders for their upcoming CMRA Apple Watch band, which boasts a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel outward facing shooter. The company says that the CMRA can capture high resolution images and video ‘in a tap.’
Developed in collaboration with Ari Roisman, the founder of the video messaging startup Glide and Shawn Greening, an engineer who was responsible for working on Apple Watch, the new band takes the experience of the smart watch to a whole new level. The $200 CMRA watchband features a set of 2MP and 8MP camera modules located on a silicon strap. Basically, the 2MP unit located beside the watch case is intended for the clicking selfies and conducting video calls. On the other hand, the 8MP unit is just placed on the side and helps to capture surrounding.
Both the outward-facing 8MP sensor and the 2MP selfie snapper are supplied by Sony and they can used instantly, with press of a button on the band. For your video capturing needs, and the strap sports a microphone, placed right next to the selfie sensor. The CMRA will be using Apple Watch for UI and viewfinder purposes only. That’s why it comes with its own 8GB flash memory, that should be more than enough to store the media, until you sync it with your iCloud or iPhone. And, speaking of the sync, you can do it both over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and it will happen automatically, when the band is connected to iPhone.
The CMRA is already up for the pre-order on its official site, starting at $150. However, this is a limited offer for the next 30 days, after which all the pre-ordering customers will be charged $200. When it starts shipping in Spring 2017, CMRA will carry a tag of $250, which is only $20 below the price of a base model Apple Watch. Currently it’s available in four colors – black, white, blue and gray, with the last being a limited pre-order edition.