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Will.i.am claims he developed a smartwatch that will launch in July (video)

Will.i.am claims he developed a smartwatch that will launch in July (video)
Chris Velazco
Chris Velazco|@chrisvelazco|April 4, 2014 7:01 PM

Will.i.am hasn't exactly had the best track record with hardware projects, but that doesn't seem to have dampened his enthusiasm for buzzy gadgets at all. That's why he showed off -- what else? -- his own smartwatch during a recent appearance on a British chat show called Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

"I started the company myself," he said before apparently tapping at a wrist-mounted touchscreen. "I funded it, used my own money to develop it."

The rapper-turned-entrepreneur is no stranger to tech (Intel named him its "Director of Creative Innovation" for reasons we can't quite fathom) but we'd advise you keep a few grains of salt handy anyway. We get a very brief glimpse at a display that actually seems to work, though the phone dialing sounds and music that he supposedly played seemed a bit too loud to be genuine. That said, he claims that his smartwatch doesn't need to be connected to a smartphone -- it can apparently stream stored music via Bluetooth and make calls all on its lonesome. Not enough for you? He also mentions it can access Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

So is this the real deal, or is Mr. I. Am a dedicated troll? Who knows, but if it's the latter he's really committed to the con: eagle-eyed forum goers at Smartwatch Fans snapped some images of that device strapped to his wrist while he was on the The Voice UK earlier this week. We've reached out to his camp for more info, and we'll update this story if they ever get back to us.

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Update: A new tweet from the man himself indicates the device could launch in just a few months.

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Will.i.am claims he developed a smartwatch that will launch in July (video)