Wimm Labs, a stealth startup company, has come up with the world’s smallest Android device. Wimm Labs device is a wearable computer and takes many forms depending on the requirement. Wimm Labs devices is powered by a modified Android version, has a 1.4 inch capacitive touch screen with 160×160 pixel resolution, 32 GB memory and is equipped with WiFi and Bluetooth.
Wimm device has in-built accelerometer, magnetometer and is water resistant. Wimm labs is releasing a SDK to developers to come up with micro-apps and yes there will be an app store to go with the SDK. The device comes with apps like caller ID, SMS preview, lost phone warning, calendar, weather and world clock.
The best part about Wimm device is, it isn’t one thing. It can be anything to anybody and the device is a white label device which can be used either as a watch or sports tracker or a mobile payment device. Developers take the device, develop the necessary apps and market it to a specific industry. It could be health care industry or sports industry. Just like Android, what Wimm Labs provides is the infrastructure. Unsurprisingly, Foxconn has invested in Wimm Labs. Wimm Labs CEO, Dave Mooring has filed the patents for the concepts in 2008.
What Wimm Labs is trying to do is interesting but it is not new. Modu, an Israel based startup, had a similar concept. Modu’s products have plug and play functionality where a device can be plugged into any other device to expand the device functionality. Wimm’s devices work much the same way but with the imagination is left to the industry. Wimm’s approach is different to what Modu has done. Would it work?