The good thing about smart watches is that they put information directly on your wrist to make it easy to verify. But, what if that information were even more visible? What happens if that information was on the back of your hand?
That question, I can only guess, was what led to the creation of the Asu de Haier watch, a huge smart watch with a built-in projector. The projector allows the watch to display information on the back of your hand, essentially serving as a second screen.
Haier uses the projection to provide additional information. Therefore, when you are running, the projection will show distance, time and progress towards fitness goals, while the watch screen will have controls to pause and end your workout. The projection also supports gesture controls: you can touch your hand twice to change what is on the screen. It did not work very well when I tried it, but Haier says that the whole clock is still in development.
Unfortunately, the clock does not really do much with the projector at this time. It is used almost exclusively for the fitness app, and there does not seem to be any kind of app store for the watch. Then you end up with a main feature that seems extremely underutilized.
It is not so easy to read a projection that is in the back of your hand in constant movement. The clock is also absolutely huge, and it's quite hot. So, although I applaud the creation of this absurd smart watch, I'm pretty sure no one should buy it. It is supposed to go on sale in China sometime in the next quarter.
Oh, there are two other uses for the projector that I should talk about. There is a drawing application. And then there is this:
Gif by Michele Doying / The Verge
A small man and a tentacle appear on the screen, and briefly do a dance. For a few seconds, it also appears projected in your hand. I have no idea why this is included in the watch, but there is a full application dedicated to it. It is the best feature of the watch.