Wearables are all the rage. Their main purpose is to provide a lot of the same functionality that a smartphone has, but with a bigger convenience factor. It makes one think, “Why not just wear your smartphone on your wrist?”.
Smartwatches are bringing much of the functionality of our smartphones to our wrists, making it easier to check notifications and even perform a variety of actions. But they have their own disadvantages, including small displays and more limited functionality that often depends on a connected smartphone.A new concept seeks to address these limitations.
This wacky product is called Portal. According to Arubix, the goal of Portal is to provide the “advanced technology of a smartphone with the convenience of a wearable”. Technically, it’s a wearable smartphone, fitness tracker, and smartwatch all-in-one, but it mainly looks like a phablet. Arubix designed Portal with a flexible 6-inch touchscreen display that you wear by strapping it to your arm. It holds 2GB of RAM, 64 GB of available storage, comes with a quartet of cameras, a 3200mAh battery, and is water resistant and shatterproof (Cnet). It also uses NFC, Bluetooth, LTE, will run a customizable version of Android and “respond to touch, gesture, and motion-based controls”.