Martian Notifier Is Watch First, Smart Second

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Although Pebble’s getting all the CES smartwatch buzz with its classy-looking Pebble Steel, watch maker Martian is taking an even more restrained approach.

The Martian Notifier is an exercise in not doing too much. With analog minute and hour hands, the Notifier doesn’t look much different from a regular watch. But look closely, and you’ll see a tiny LED strip running across the bottom of the watch face, which can display any incoming notification from an iPhone or Android phone.

Martian’s previous watch, the Passport, also supported notifications, but only for a handful of apps. The Notifier has no such app restrictions. A companion smartphone app controls which notifications appear, and users can set up custom vibration patterns for individual apps. (Martian is working on a firmware update for the Passport to support all notification types.) If you miss a notification as it scrolls by, you can replay it within…

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