Kon'nichiwa! We are back—albeit a little jet-lagged--from a quick trip to Japan.
ViewRanger was at CASIO headquarters in Tokyo. We joined a select group of app developers to highlight CASIO smartwatches and its app partnership program. Nearly 80 members of the media—from tech journalists to outdoor writers—attended the conference and media event.
ViewRanger has closely worked with CASIO for a couple years. Last year, we optimized our Android Wear 2.0 app for the CASIO PRO TREK Smart watch. Our technology taps into the smartwatch’s built-in barometer and power-saving GPS chip. Plus, ViewRanger explorers can send route guides and super-detailed maps from their Android smartphone to the CASIO PRO TREK Smart. Once downloaded, everything can be quickly viewed on the rugged watch, including topographic maps, real-time track stats, and turn-by-turn route guides.
This is just a start. Expect more great things to come.
At the Tokyo event, top executives at CASIO talked about the growing wearable market, and how they expect big growth in the GPS watch and smartwatch categories over the next 3 years. Leaders from Google were there too, highlighting the incredible growth in wearable devices and apps since Android Wear 2.0 launched last April.
CASIO also featured its exclusive app partnership program. Only nine apps, each at the top of their respective categories, gave a presentation how their app works on Casio smartwatches then gave live demos and answered questions from journalists.
We are delighted and thankful to be part of this elite group. They include:
Download and check them all out.
After the conference and other meetings, CASIO hosts gave us an incredible tour of Tokyo and showed off how the
Pro Trek is displayed in some stores. Of course, we tracked the tour and added the route to ViewRanger, so if you’re ever in Tokyo this is a great tour. -Kris Wagner
We toured electronic and outdoor stores showcasing the CASIO PRO TREK Smart watch. From left to right: A display at the Montbell store near Shinjuku station, CASIO G-Shock store in Ginza, and L-Breath, an outdoor retailer with 10 levels of oudoor gear all in one spot.