Details of a new smartwatch called the Neptune Pine have emerged courtesy of an interview with its 19-year-old creator held by TechRadar.
Unlike cheap mobile phone accessories, smartwatches can cost as much as the handsets with which they are intended to be synchronised. This seems strange in the sense that they are largely useless without a mobile companion, although the Neptune Pine is breaking the mould when it comes to wrist-mounted functionality.
On the inside it is equipped with similar hardware to a dedicated smartphone, with a dual-core Qualcomm processor featuring alongside antennae which promise to offer 3G connectivity as well as common Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This means that the watch can theoretically operate independently of any secondary device, giving it a bit more freedom.
The front of the gadget is dominated by a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, which is about the same size as the panels found on older generations of BlackBerry devices. So compared to the much smaller screens of the likes of the Galaxy Gear from Samsung, it offers quite a bit more space.
The added display area does mean that the Neptune Pine is a bulkier smartwatch than its peers, but for those who do not like the idea of getting by with a screen of under two inches in size, it could hold the key to satisfaction.
The Pine can, of course, be linked up with a smartphone if you wish, but the idea is that this will not be mandatory. In fact, you could leave your house with only this gadget and still get all the digital functionality you require over the course of the day.
A Kickstarter campaign to fund the Neptune Pine's construction launched last month and so far it has earned the equivalent of about £295,418, going past the initial goal by a significant margin.
There is clearly a decent amount of momentum behind this product and almost 2000 people have pre-ordered their own model via Kickstarter. But this crowd-funding service has been known to throw up a few duds in its short time in the spotlight.
You could argue that Kickstarter is actually a better place for cheap mobile phone accessories to seek funding, rather than top-tier products. If a protective case, strap or minor add-on can be created thanks to the collective investment from interested parties, then there is less room for disappointment.
On the other hand, if people are putting up hundreds of pounds for a product which does not even exist yet, there is a likelihood that their expectations for greatness will not be met. The Neptune Pine has a lot of work to do to subvert this stereotype.