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Now this is a true wristwatch.
Four deveopers in San Jose claim to have made a cutting-edge smartwatch that can project the time onto your hand—and not surprisingly, Indiegogo backers are going wild for it.
According to the crowdfunding campaign, the Ritot smartwatch is a wristband that at the touch of a button or a shake of the hand projects notifications like missed calls, text messages, reminders and alarms onto your skin. A wireless charger for the watch doubles as an interface where users can customize the color of the projection. But the watch doesn’t actually tell time unless you’re projecting it onto your hand—the rest of the time, it looks more like a chunky bracelet or a FitBit Flex.
The Indiegogo campaign launched in early July, and has already received more than $250,000 in donations over a $50,000 goal. A single watch costs $120 on Indiegogo, and will apparently retail for $160, on par with the the $150 Pebble or the $199 Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Ritot’s campaign page does raise one major red flag, however: The press materials appear to be stock photos to which a photorealistic rendering of the smartwatch has been added—meaning there’s no real evidence that a prototype exists yet. (Kickstarter, unlike Indiegogo, forbids photorealistic renderings of products precisely because they can mislead backers into thinking a project is further along than it is.)
If production and manufacturing goes as planned—which doesn’t always when it comes to crowdfunding, even when everything is legit—the watch will ship in early 2015.
H/T The Next Web | Photo via Ritot/Indiegogo
Rebecca Hiscott is the former assistant editor at Neurology Today and Brain & Life. Her work has also appeared in Mashable, Vanity Fair, and the New York Observer. She is now the London-based engagement editor for Kickstarter.