Apple Watch Wristcam looks like a banana strapped to your arm

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Many people would like an Apple Watch camera, but not one as large as the Wristcam.
Wristcam probably isn’t the Apple Watch camera you’ve been hoping for.
Photo: Wristcam

Wristcam puts a camera into an Apple Watch band. That’s a product many people have been asking for, but this version seems impractically large. Much larger than anyone wants to wear on their wrist.

Take a look at a product video to see for yourself.

Perhaps Wristcam’s designers tried to pack in too much. There’s an 8MP outward-facing camera and a 2MP selfie one. 8GB of internal storage holds 2000 photos or 1 hour of video, and the accessory has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

In its defense, the wrist camera weighs less than an ounce. But it looks like a banana strapped to your arm.

Apple Watch camera: Good concept, bulky execution

Apple Watch is one of the few Apple devices that doesn’t have a built-in camera. But it seems inevitable that will change someday. The wearable is gradually becoming more of a stand-alone product as it gets less tied to an iPhone. Many runners just use it alone, leaving their handset at home. With built-in LTE, a Watch can stream music, exchange text messages, and even make purchases with Apple Pay. Adding a camera is a logical next step.

A Patent filing from 2019 shows that Apple itself is looking for ways to pull this off. But a successful camera for the wearable will have to be smaller than a banana.

For anyone who disagrees, the Wristcam can be ordered today for $299. It comes in black, white, grey or rose. And extra bands to fit over the top of the camera unit cost $49.

Watch a demonstration video to see Wristcam in action.