Way Cuter Than Apple’s Tamagotchi’s Smartwatch

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Welcome to middle age, millennials. Your childhood is now a novelty smartwatch.
Screenshot: Bandai Namco

techno.rentetan.com – You know about Tamagotchi, if you read Gizmodo dot com in the last month. You know that there are various versions available worldwide to collect, and you know there is a thriving fan community which even decades later keeps Tamagotchi alive. Bandai sold over 83 million units in March 2021, making Tamagotchi so popular. This is why, with the next in wearable form, the company continues to reinvent the virtual pet.

The parent company Bandai Namco has just announced that it is launching Tamagotchi Smart, behind the Tamagotchi of the past and the present. It is an unbelievably smart clock covered in a pink or pastel-colored silicone and a matching band, which I hope will certainly fit into an adult wrist. The Smart Tamagotchi has a clever-looking feature, including a pedicure and voice controls. (Here, however, we don’t speak Google Assistant. Further on later.) It also has touch controls like the Tamagotchi Pix, another model in Spain that is currently being rolled out and launched in the United States next month. You can tickle and animate your Tama and give it a real feeling of safety.

Thanks to the official FAQ, we can see how the Tamagotchi Smart works. The smartwatch from Tamagotchi will not be backward compatible with other devices from Tamagotchi, which is useful in light of Tamagotchi Meets, and new Pix uses QR code. Tamagotchi Smart uses TamaSma Cards, which are sold separately by Bandai. They are small plastic keys with chips on which you can download exclusive items and characters on your smartwatch. The Tamagotchi P’s “pieces,” which can be exchanged for new content, are similar in TamaSma. (I still try to track one at a reasonable price on eBay.)

There are no sophisticated voice command functions on the Tamagotchi Smart. It’s a way that you can call the Tamagotchi and react when they chirp. The FAQ page notes that “no voice recognition function recognizes the words itself.” According to Vice, there will be a “Power Up” feature that allows users to record discussions with their animals in order to promote profound and meaningful connections.

Like most Tamagotchi colours, you can play games and sync with friends with cooperative play.

Due to the success of the series Diginon Vital Bracelet, a similar type of pedometer watch, set within a different franchise, the pivot of Tamagotchi was an indispensable smartwatch. It is also the 25th anniversary of the release of Tamagotchi, which makes it a good time for Bandai to launch a range of collectors’ and curious toys.

The Tamagotchi Smart is available to start in Japan, although nobody has ever stopped doing an international account. The Bandai Namco shipping is available. When converted from yen, each Tamagotchi Smart is around $68. TamaSma cards are offered at retail for around $10. The official start date is November 23, but between June 17 and July 2 you’ll have to enter a lottery to buy a device.