Intuit shows off MicroMint concept app for the WIMM One smartwatch, we go hands-on


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Given the amount of time we spent with the WIMM One smartwatch, you’d think we would have had enough fodder for a full-blown review. Alas, though, one critical piece was missing: apps. Not test apps, like a balance ball game, but honest to goodness apps from major third-party developers. As it happens, the app store still isn’t live yet, but we did get to check out a concept app from Intuit, the company behind Mint.com (no TurboTax for this 1.41-inch display, sorry).

What can we say? When a device has a screen this tiny, the elevator pitch is going to be mighty brief. Here’s how MicroMint works: just swipe left to right to see your balances for different accounts. There’s no limit to how many it can display, and when you reach the end of the list, the app will just start cycling through again. As you can see in the video demo below, the app’s performance is limited by the watch’s 667MHz ARM11 CPU and 256MB RAM, which is to say you’ll notice some lag as you swipe from one bank balance to another. And that’s it. This is all the app does; don’t expect to take advantage of Mint’s other features, like budget-planning and mapping out savings goals (not that you’d want any graphs or itemized lists crammed onto that 160×160 screen).

For now, of course, this concept app is just that, a prototype. Intuit won’t commit to releasing it, much less share any sort of timeline. Interestingly, though, David Siegel on Intuit’s development team suggested to us that the app might be of more use when WIMM releases its next-gen watch with NFC. With that radio on board, he says, the app could potentially allow not just for balance-checking, but credit card payments as well. Additionally, the outfit is considering developing a similar app for the Sony SmartWatch, which also runs Android and supports Java-based apps. The only development hiccup, he says, would be adapting the app for Sony-specific APIs. That’s a whole lot of ifs for one paragraph, though, so for now we’ll leave you with a super quick hands-on video, just past the break.

Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.

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