China-based tech startup, Mobvoi, launched its Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to raise only $50,000 for its new interactive watch, Ticwatch 2. Within a matter of 24 hours, the timepiece not only secured its initial funding goal (in 10 minutes), it has managed to secure well over $360,000 from 2,100 backers.
What has made thousands of backers want to fund the watch’s creation? For starts, it is known as an intuitive interaction watch that is lifestyle convenient and also provides an innovative design along with a unique Ticwear OS. Users can do various things with the watch, including check their health and track fitness, look up the weather forecast and find their phones. It also has voice search, making it easier for users to find what they are looking for such as browse local restaurants, make phone calls, and reply to messages.
Discussing Ticwatch 2 apps, the Mobvoi team stated:
“Ticwatch 2 pre-loads a series of useful apps, including ‘Dialer,’ ‘Calendar,’ ‘Heath,’ ‘Fitness,’ and many more. These apps were designed specifically for optimal smartwatch functionality.”
The company also explained the watch is compatible with Android Wear Apps, iPhone, and Android (system requirement: iOS 8.0 and Android 4.3+). Ticwatch will also have a Ticwear App Store, which users can download more apps on Android Devices, with iOS users being able to gain access to more built-in apps and features through frequent OTA updates.
Sharing details about the watch’s design, Mobvoi commented:
“A watch should look like a watch. We forged Ticwatch 2 in collaboration with world class designers, including award-winning Scandinavian designer, Mika Nenonen. Our relentless dedication toward the perfection of every detail has allowed us to successfully combine both functionality and fashion. Our design reflects the principles that we persist: simplicity, quality, and craftsmanship.”
Other design features include invisible tick, watch faces for every occasion, and personalized bands. Those looking to purchase the watch may do so through the Kickstarter campaign currently starting at $139 (early birds were able to receive the device for only $99).
The funding initiative is set to close on August 25th.
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