If you can recall a time before the dominance of Google then you may remember Lycos, a faded search engine and web portal from back in the 90’s. After spending some time in the background, the company is preparing for somewhat of a comeback, with a new range of wearable devices scheduled to launch next week.
Lycos is set to launch two devices next Monday and will simply be called the Band and Ring. As you no doubt guessed, the band is a familiar fitness band that can monitor your exercise, track your sleep, be used as an alarm, and can also use NFC to unlock your phone when the two are close by.
The Ring is missing the fitness tracking features and clearly doesn’t have a display to interact with either. Interestingly, the Ring is not powered by a normal battery, so doesn’t need charging up. The Band can apparently last 10 to 14 days between charges. The two devices are both water resistant and also contain a “personal security manager” and “Tap2Transfer capabilities”, but these features haven’t been fully detailed just yet.
The devices will be tied to an Android app named Lycos Life, which presumable handles the syncing of data in the usual fashion over Bluetooth. Lycos hasn’t revealed any extra details about its hardware or software at this stage, so we’re not sure exactly how in-depth the fitness tracking and security features will be or how these will stack up against the well established competition. However, Lycos has announced its Life Project, whereby the company will donate 5 percent of sales to provide free water and air quality sensors to families that need them.
The Lycos Band and Ring look set to be priced a little on the expensive side, with a price tag of $124.99 and $59.99 respectively. On the plus side, customers will have their choice of six different colors when the devices launch on June 8th.