As part of a continued commitment to sustainability, and in celebration of Earth Month, Fossil is proud to launch our latest pro-planet assortment. This collection includes brand new cactus leather tote bags made in partnership with Desserto®, and our second iteration of the limited-edition Solar Watch. The launches follow commitments that Fossil announced in 2019 as part of our ongoing Make Time For Good initiative, dedicated to making change in communities throughout the world through pro-planet materials, products and packaging, as well as reducing our footprint in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The cactus leather totes and Solar Watch are an example of new materials and sustainable partners that Fossil has cultivated in an increased push towards leaving a lighter footprint for a more sustainable future.
Fossil is proud to be one of the first retailers to introduce vegan cactus leather, an innovative material new to the industry, through the collection of Kier Cactus Leather Totes. Each bag is designed with material made from organically grown cactus leaves developed by Desserto®, a Mexico-based company with a focus on sustainable materials. The leaves come from cactus plants that require only rain water and Earth minerals for growth. Once harvested, the leaves are dried in the sun for three to six days, which removes the need for any additional energy source for the drying process. Not only is this an energy-efficient processing technique, but no herbicides, pesticides or irrigation systems are used in the production of the cactus. As a result of this innovative process, each Kier tote saves 7.5 liters of water — the equivalent of fifteen 500 milliliter water bottles. Additionally, each cactus’ trunk is left intact to enable repeat harvesting, as the leaves regenerate every six to eight months. The collection will include four stunning colorways — moss, wine, black and brown — and will be available for Rs. 19,295 beginning April 22.
“After witnessing first-hand the impact that tanneries have on the environment, we sought to create a vegan alternative that leaves a lighter footprint while meeting our rigorous quality standards,” says Desserto cofounder Marte Cázarez. “Almost immediately, we decided to leave our jobs and dedicate the next two years to designing and creating a solution.”
“Since first introducing Desserto cactus leather to the world in 2019, we have continued to develop and educate others on our materials and sustainable processes. Today, we are proud to partner with brands, like Fossil, who share a vision of reducing their environmental impact through the use of eco-friendly materials,” adds Desserto cofounder Adrián López Velarde.
Fossil is also proud to announce the second iteration of its limited-edition Solar Watch — the World-Timer — launching on Earth Day. The watch houses a solar-powered movement with rechargeable battery, which can reach a full charge after eight hours in the sun and will retain charge for up to three months. Also, the 42mm watch case is made with castor oil while the rPet strap is made from post-consumer plastic bottles. In addition to its pro-planet designs, the World-Timer is packed with features, including a compass, stopwatch, alarm, timer, and world time function. In the world time function, the user can select from forty-nine cities around the world to easily check the local time in that area, connecting users across the globe. The limited-edition watch will be available for Rs. 11,995 beginning April 22.
“Over the course of the last two years, our teams have worked diligently to identify areas of our business that make the largest environmental impact and to chart the course towards meaningful charge. The result is an index of commitments that we’ve established to leave a smaller footprint and better world for future generations. Some of these changes include: introducing more pro-planet materials like recycled stainless steel and litehide leather into our assortment, removing foam material from packaging, and moving to ensure all paper goods are made from a minimum of 80% recycled material,” says Steve Evans, EVP Chief Brand Officer. “Fossil believes that when we combine our time and passion, we can make lasting change for people and the planet.”
Johnson Verghese, Managing Director at Fossil India said, “We are delighted to provide our consumers in India with a retail experience that is fueled with our passion to embark on a sustainable journey. One that will reduce carbon footprints and help in optimizing resources to the fullest. In doing so, we aim to contribute towards better environmental and people health. As our planet continues to be in a constant climate crisis, sustainability is certainly the need of the hour. With our pro-planet initiative, we look forward to creating products that will inspire and celebrate sustainability as well as continue to be at the forefront of fashion.”
In addition to the Kier Cactus Leather Totes and World Timer launches, Fossil is excited to grow our assortment of pro-planet styles in our seasonal collections as well. This summer, mainline solar watches in the bestselling Minimalist and Jacqueline styles will become available in a variety of colorways. As with the limited-edition Solar Watch, the sun-powered battery plus pro-planet case and straps reduce water and battery waste. Additionally, Fossil’s assortment of pro-planet bags continues to grow as classic styles are re-released in eco-leather this summer. Since being introduced to Fossil’s product assortment last fall, more than 90% of our leather material for bags and small leather goods is now sourced from Leather Working Group certified tanneries. To date, about 1.8 million gallons of water have been saved through the use of 1.5 million square feet of eco-leather, sourced in partnership with our pro-planet leather providers.
Fossil Group’s ongoing commitments towards pro-planet progress include:
- Design and produce 100% of our product to meet our pro-planet criteria by 2025.
- Make 100% of our primary packaging recyclable and/or reusable by 2025.
- Lead in circular business model approaches — where our materials can be used, reused and reduced — by 2025.
- Reduce water consumption for leather tanning by 45% by 2025.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
- Eliminate virgin plastics in our supply chain by 2030.
Soundcore Introduces New Life Dot2 ANC TWS Earbuds
Soundcore introduced the next in its ANC series – Life Dot2 ANC, featuring advanced active noise cancellation and non-stop 35h playtime. With 18 months warranty, the product is available on Flipkart and very soon in Top retail chains in India.
Life Dot2 ANC boasts pure sound via targeted active noise cancelling and multi-mode noise cancellation. The Hybrid active noise cancelling monitors and eliminates up to 90% of noise from the environment. The multi-mode noise cancellation, comes with specific modes that includes – transport, outdoor and indoor. The Transport mode blocks out lower frequencies; indoor mode reduces mid-range sounds like voices in an office & transparency mode comes with two levels of ambient sound enhancement. The TWS features 6 beam-forming microphones and a noise cancelling algorithm that isolate vocals from background noise, ensuring superior clarity on calls.
Its oversized 11mm dynamic drivers generates loud thumping sound and 50% more bass ensuring ear bouncing beats without sacrificing clarity and treble. Life Dot2 ANC can deliver upto 35 hours of long playtime supported by Anker’s fast charging technology. The TWS comes with IPX4 rating, that makes it water resistant to splashes, spills and more. The earbuds are designed for long-lasting comfort matching the longer hours of use with secured fit. Liberty Dot2 ANC can be controlled via the Soundcore app to choose from 1 of 22 sound profiles, adjust noise cancelling, and even configure the wireless earbuds’ touch controls.
Speaking on the new addition, Mr. Gopal Jeyaraj – Country Head, Anker Innovations said, “It’s been only two weeks that we have launched Liberty Air2 Pro and have received a fantastic response through the online channel. Its Hybrid ANC has been an instant hit among the buyers especially those who are working from home. Seeing the response, we decided to launch the next in TWS – ‘Life Dot2 ANC’, rich in specifications and the perfect value for money.
Life Dot2 ANC from Soundcore, balances superior technology and sound, at the most affordable price points.
Top Four Tech Gadgets You Can Buy to Simplify Day-to-day Life
Over the years, technology in India and globally has made immense strides. Giving way, to a host of gadgets and products that have simplified our lives in ways that we couldn’t previously have fathomed. While our dependence on them has increased in more ways than one, they are integral to the way we now function and operate.
This National Technology Day, as we mark the advancements made in the field of technology – here’s a guide to some of the best gadgets in watches, gaming and storage in the industry right now. Be it at work or in our personal lives, we list some of the accessories and products that should be a must on your tech wish list.
FOSSIL’S SOLAR WATCH
The second iteration of the limited-edition Solar Watch (the World Timer) was launched as a celebration of Earth Month, following commitments that Fossil announced in 2019 as part of their ongoing Make Time For Good initiative, dedicated to making change in communities throughout the world through pro-planet material.
The watch houses a solar-powered movement with rechargeable battery, which can reach a full charge after eight hours in the sun and will retain charge for up to three months. Its 42mm watch case is made with castor oil while the rPet strap is made from post-consumer plastic bottles. In addition to its pro-planet designs, the World-Timer is packed with features, including a compass, stopwatch, alarm, timer, and world time function. In the world time function, the user can select from forty-nine cities around the world to easily check the local time in that area, connecting users across the globe.
The limited-edition Solar watch is available for INR 11,995 at Fossil.com and Fossil retail stores.
SEAGATE STORAGE EXPANSION CARD FOR XBOX SERIES X|S FOR GAMING
Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S has been designed in collaboration with Microsoft, and is the only external storage device that enables users to achieve the same plays at the same peak performance as the console’s internal SSD when playing games, optimised for next-generation of Xbox consoles. It delivers an additional 1 TB of external storage for a streamlined gaming experience, providing high speed and performance of the consoles’ internal SSDs.
The custom storage card seamlessly mirrors the functionality of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S internal SSDs and adds 1 TB of capacity, letting gamers collect new and legacy games across four generations of Xbox, including Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games. It is optimised to play Xbox games from the internal SSD or the Storage Expansion Card without sacrificing graphics, speed, load times or framerates.
Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S is priced at INR 32,899 and is available at Amazon.in.
FOSSIL’S GEN 5E SMARTWATCH
With an aim to offer Gen 5 smartwatch’s features at an even more affordable price, the Gen 5E is available in two new sizes – 44mm and 42mm.Featuring an array of fashion forward styles for men and women alike, the smartwatch offers an always-on 1.19-inch AMOLED display and limitless options for personalization including various interchangeable straps and watch faces. Equipped with the new wellness enhancements that allow users to track sleep history, monitor restfulness, set activity goals and much more, its advanced sensors provide promising data to power all the health and fitness apps. Additionally, various smart battery modes inclusive of daily mode, extended mode, time only mode and custom mode, users can always stay connected with notifications for calls, texts and apps among others.
Priced at INR 18,495, the Fossil Gen 5E is available at Fossil.com, Fossil retail stores and leading partner platforms (both offline and online)
SEAGATE BARRACUDA Q5 SSD FOR STORAGE
Seagate BarraCuda Q5 SSD provides performance PCIe NVME speeds that goes up to 50× faster than traditional HDDs and 2.5x faster than SATA. Designed with the latest 3D QLC NAND technology, BarraCuda Q5’s slim form factor provides optimal compatibility and easy plug-and-play installation. It harnesses high sequential read/write speeds (up to 2,400/1,800 MB/s) for more responsive downloads, installs and multitasking.
It helps in extending the battery life of PCs with low active power requirements of up to 3.2W. BarraCuda Q5 SSD is equipped with a 3-year limited warranty, and 1-year Seagate’s Rescue Data Recovery Services that monitors the SSD’s performance, health, and firmware updates with free Seagate SeaTools™ SSD software tool.
Seagate BarraCuda Q5 SSD for Storage is priced at INR 8,999 and is available at Amazon.in
OSS Infocom Launches eOnz Elite Smartwatch
India’s Covid-19 situation is dire at the moment with the second wave. With the rising number of Covid-19 cases. No place seems safer than the safety of our homes. In order to keep track of your health and make your homes safer having a pulse Oximeter at home is essential. It measures the oxygen saturation in blood and also helps in monitoring the health of Coronavirus patients. But today due to the surge in demand of oximeters in the market and feasibility of carrying oximeters all the time, many smartwatches have replaced the traditional oximeter. These smartwatches are great gadgets to have on you at all times so that it can alert users with symptoms or help in tracking mild cases.
OSS Infocom has recently launched the eOnz Elite Smartwatch in India. It is available in two colours – Black and Rose Gold with a special price of Rs. 3,990/-. It’s available in all leading e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Tata CliQ, Paytm Mall and LetsBfit. Options from a wide range of silicon, leather, metal and nylon-based straps are also available for this smartwatch. It has a bigger and brighter AMOLED display of 1.79 inch with 96% screen to body ratio which gives enhanced user experience while accessing social media alerts & notifications on the watch. The rotatory knob of watch gives the user smooth rotating operation for easy and quick Interaction and better user interface experience.
eOnz Elite Smartwatch helps the users in continuous health monitoring when the whole world is dealing with never seen before pandemic. It provides 24 hours health monitoring with high-end optical sensor for heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring and blood oxygen monitoring (spo2) which is critical at this point in time to deal with Covid-19.
It also has an advanced Algorithms for Blood Pressure Monitoring. Users can sync the smartwatch with a mobile phone through Bluetooth that supports push notification for SMS, Social Networking applications like Whatsapp, Skype, Twitter, emails etc. It has a special feature for all incoming call alert notifications.
eOnz Elite smartwatch totally matches the international waterproof standard. It has an ip68 rated waterproof body that makes it wearable in all environmental conditions. It has an aircraft grade aluminium body with a healthy & skin friendly material that is corrosion free and non-fading properties. It has an anti-rust metal coating with a premium finishing for long lasting durability. It contains a dual user interface that meets different interactive operations. Users can choose their own style with a rotating honeycomb menu & classic menu that can be controlled with a rotate controlled icon zoom.
This smartwatch also has multiple sports data monitoring features with multiple sports modes to choose from. Users can record their steps, calories, distance for each activity and keep a track of their daily workouts with detailed graphical representation on watch. The feature that makes it different from all other smartwatches in the market is that users can access many rich functions at their command with a real time weather tracking and remote Bluetooth music control from the watch itself, get sedentary alerts and hydration alerts and click stunning photos using the remote camera option.
On launching this unique eOnz Elite Smartwatch in India during the ongoing pandemic, Mr. Amit Sinsinwal, Director of OSS Infocom said, “We always aim to serve our country and our users with the best products. We are extremely happy and delighted to help our healthcare system in some way or other at this point of crisis when the entire country is dealing with a health emergency with Covid-19 pandemic. When monitoring the health of our users is the topmost priority for us. With an Elite Smartwatch in India, people can monitor their Oxygen saturation level in the blood which is the need of the hour. Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness is our topmost priority and eOnz Smartwatch fully justify our motto”
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