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Casio Releases EDIFICE Watches That Link with Smartphone, and Enable to Access about 300 Cities Local Time Information Worldwide.

Bluetooth®*1 SMART Connectivity Allows Times to Be Adjusted with Local Time Information

  • September 05, 2014

EQB-500D
EQB-500D

Tokyo, September 5, 2014 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the latest models in its EDIFICE lineup of metal watches designed to convey the concept of "Speed and Intelligence." The new Smartphone Link EQB-500 watches feature dramatically improved usability of world time functions.

*1 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks byCasio Computer Co., Ltd. is under license


In 2012, Casio released a G-SHOCK watch that pairs with a smartphone using Bluetooth® SMART technology to notify the wearer of incoming calls or emails. Since then, Casio has been using this technology to create all new ways to use its watches, including STB-1000 that display fitness data and GBA-400 that can control a music player.


Now, Casio is releasing the new Smartphone Link EQB-500 lineup of EDIFICE watches featuring all the benefits of a quality wristwatch, including a solar-powered movement, waterproof toughness and a refined design that only a metal watch can offer, while also enabling smartphone connectivity. This greatly improves the speed and ease of access to world time information  because users had to calculate and manually set the time to the time zones of different cities.


Each watch can connect to a smartphone*2 with just one push of a button and automatically adjust the time to the local time while correcting for daylight savings time if necessary. Furthermore, users can easily set the time corresponding to about 300 cities worldwide just by selecting from maps and city lists included in a Casio smartphone app. The center-positioned hour and minute hands along with one of the inset dials not only simultaneously display the time for two different cities, but can also switch the time being displayed on each with only a push of a button. This "Dual Dial World Time" lets users quickly check the time in their home country as well as the time in the locations of their business trips and holidays.

*2 Requires installation of CASIO WATCH+ app , which is available for download from the App Store for iPhone or Google Play CASIO WATCH+ app will be made available for download concurrently with the release of the watches.

Model
Color
EQB-500D/EQB-500DC
Silver/Black

Looking ahead, Casio intends to develop the highly functional new analog watches based on its ''Global Time Sync'' development concept which aiming to create the next generation ''world time'' functions for the global era.



Main Features of the EQB-500 Lineup


By using the downloadable CASIO WATCH+ app and connecting to a smartphone, users can access the following mobile link functions with EQB-500 watches.


  • An inset dial can be set to display the time of one of 309 cities in the world listed in the CASIO WATCH+ app.
  • The watches automatically adjust the time to previously specified home and international locations (correcting for daylight savings time if necessary).
  • Alarm and various other time settings as well as any misalignment of the watch hands can be reset using a smartphone.
  • Users can set the distance to measure speed in the stopwatch function.
  • Stopwatch data measured by the watch can be sent to a smartphone and compiled as a data log (a maximum of 100 records of elapsed time or split time measured at 1/1,000 of a second can be displayed).
  • The finder function enables a smartphone alarm to be activated by pressing a watch button.
  • Users can use the watch controls to check for new email messages in an email account registered in the CASIO WATCH+ app.

Supported Smartphones*3


iPhone 5s (iOS7), iPhone 5c (iOS7), iPhone 5 (iOS7), iPhone 4s (iOS7)
GALAXY S5 (Android 4.4), GALAXY Note3 (Android 4.3 to 4.4), GALAXY S4 (Android 4.3 to 4.4)

*3 As of September 5, 2014. For an updated list of supported smartphones and additional information, please visit here.

EQB-500D
EQB-500D
EQB-500DC
EQB-500DC
 

Specifications

Water Resistance
100 meters
Communication
Specifications
Communication
Standard
Bluetooth®SMART
Signal Range
Up to 2m (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)
Watch
Functions
Dual time
Home city time swapping
Stopwatch
1 second; measuring capacity: 23:59'59"; elapsed time; split time; speed: 0 to 300 units/hour
Other Features

Mobile Link Functions(world time:309 cities etc.); daily alarm; full auto-calendar; day and date display; low battery alert; airplane mode

Accuracy at Normal Temperature
±15 seconds per month
Power Source
Tough Solar™ power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation
About 33 months with the power-saving function*4 ON after full charge.
*4 Hands stop to save power when the watch is left in the dark
Size of Case
52.0×48.1×14.1mm
Total Weight
Approx. 199g

EDIFICE and G-SHOCK are registered trademark or trademarks of Casio Computer Co., Ltd.Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.