MOTA SmartRing reaches crowdfunding goal of $100K

MOTA SmartRing reaches crowdfunding goal of $100K
Not all wearables have to be watches, and not all wearables that go for crowdfunding are runaway success stories. Somewhere in the middle is the MOTA SmartRing, which reached its crowdfunding goal of $100,000 today, just four days shy of its Indiegogo deadline. There are enough people interested to see how a smartring will work, but people certainly aren't going crazy over the idea.

The MOTA Indiegogo campaign began on September 3rd, and since then it has found just under 1500 funders (as of this writing), about 1300 of which gave enough to be in line for an actual device. This is not a huge number of backers, especially given that after the initial 500 funders who got the early bird discount rate, you could snag a smartring for just $75. But, it's enough backers that the production should move forward, and if everything goes according to schedule, the MOTA ring should start shipping to backers in April 2015. 

The MOTA ring is basically what you'd expect from a wearable. It is a Bluetooth connected device that will relay short notifications, like phone calls, texts, and social network notifications, directly to your finger. Of course, that is also a bit of the worry with the device. Glancing at your wrist is a socially accepted gesture and doesn't raise many eyebrows. Glancing at your finger? Well, that's a bit different and more noticeable. 

The MOTA Indiegogo campaign ends on October 3rd, but there is already a pre-order page up for after that ends. Anyone out there interested?


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10 Comments

1. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I wonder how battery life on it? That guy in the meeting gave a whole new way of cheating in school lol..

2. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Has everyone realized that crowd funding for tech gadgets is foolish yet? I guess not...There will be a much nicer ring from an actual company within a year, I am sure.

5. Wolvan

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Well in this case, Mota has been around for several years and has released wearables (bracelet style) before. Overall, I would agree, but this isn't some startup trying to make it from scratch.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

How does it charge?...

4. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

As with the smartwatchs it needs to have a laser pointer to even be considered...

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What will samsung call their version when they release it?

10. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

The gear ring.

7. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Good luck. I was a contributer to Smarty Ring which raised $300k on Indiegogo. Delivery was supposed to be last April. To date, all we've gotten are renders of the concept - no video so I assume they've been too busy vacationing on our money to build a working prototype. Never again for me. Caveat emptor.

8. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Pinky Ring

9. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Where I come from Mota means something entirely different...

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