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Wristcam adds new video calling feature to Apple Watch

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Wristcam adds FaceTime-like video calling to Apple Watch.
Wristcam adds FaceTime-like video calling to Apple Watch.
Photo: Wristcam

Wristcam, the camera-equipped Apple Watch band, now features FaceTime-like video calling, the company said Thursday.

The accessory initially launched in December 2020 with an 8-megapixel camera and a 2MP selfie camera. It was the first watch-band camera to receive the “Made for Apple Watch” designation.

Wristcam adds new FaceTime-like video calling feature to Apple Watch

In addition to taking photos and video, the Wristcam camera-band for Apple Watch can hold up to 2000 photos or an hour of video. It connects to your Apple Watch over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It enables hands-free recording.

With the new video-calling functionality, Wristcam owners can make video calls to friends and family from their wrists. This adds a cool new feature to what reviews have called a bulky product.

As you may know, the Apple Watch supports voice calls and audio FaceTime calls all by itself, but as it has no built-in camera. It lacks native video calling functionality.

So, when you use the Wristcam app, you can make watch-to-watch calls with other Wristcam users, or Watch-to-iPhone calls. Both parties need to have the Wristcam app (meaning this is not FaceTime or some other native video calling feature).

The company said video calling became available Thursday. But Wristcam’s website notes users must request “early access” to use the feature.

In addition, Wristcam is adding a new WristcamOS SDK. That will open up the device’s camera capabilities to App Store developers.

Price: $299

Where to buy: Wristcam