Friday, March 27, 2009
Ulysse Nardin Smartphone Uses Kinetic Energy

We’re familiar with kinetic watches, but who wears those old relics anymore? A kinetic smartphone is much more suitable for the 21st century, and Ulysse Nardin has the answer. The “Chairman,” whose technology is actually borrowed from Ulysse Nardin’s kinetic watches, has a revolving rotor on the back that provides supplemental battery power. It also looks damn sexy, and the other features are pretty cool as well. There’s a 2.8-inch multi-touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, biometric fingerprint unlocking and an e-mail browser with Wi-Fi. The Chairman is on display at the Baselworld watch and jewelry expo, but there’s no word on pricing or availability. We’re guessing the answer is “soon” and “not cheap.”