About this project
Watches have always been more than just a time piece. They are a personal statement. When selecting a watch you are looking for something that appeals to you on several levels. It goes beyond shape, color and function. It's about personal preferences. It's about image - the one you have of yourself and the one you want to convey to others. You select the watch and the watch says something about you.
The design team at Momentum Labs knows that most people like technology, but they don't want the technology to define them. That's why we have worked hard to develop a product that appeals first as a watch or an accessory and second as a device packed with technology.
We believe the Moment Smartwatch is the perfect blend of style and technology. We start with a solid piece of stainless steel and machine it down to form the structure of our watch. This gives us a very strong, rigid base to build on. Inside the steel base we assemble the electronics which have been carefully selected to provide the Bluetooth connectivity to your phone and the features you need without being excessive. We then complete the watch with a semi-transparent, surface-hardened lens that allows the technology to remain hidden until you are ready to use it.
Momentum Labs is a group of experienced engineers and designers. We know the best way to create a great product is to properly define it from the start. For this product we focused on the core features that would make the Moment Smartwatch a high quality device and provide a superior user experience. In addition to the baseline functions (Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart, time and calendar, stop watch, step counter, etc.), we decided we needed to exceed expectations in the following areas.
• Style. We wanted this watch to look good. In fact, we wanted this to be a watch you would wear even if its only function was to tell time. To meet this requirement we took a cue from other successful technologies and designed the Moment Smartwatch to be thin and sleek with just a touch of color.
• Keyboard (Patent Pending). The Moment Smartwatch has a full QWERTY keyboard plus number row. For most situations you can use predefined messages to respond to your incoming calls, text messages, emails, etc.. Using your phone and our app you can even define your own instant messages. But there are times when a predefined message is not enough and you want to send a custom message. That’s why we included a keyboard. We know keyboards are old technology but the fact remains that every device that can have a keyboard, does have a keyboard. They are energy efficient, relatively accurate, reliable and have no learning curve. We don’t expect you to write your emails from your Moment Smartwatch - but you could. The keys on the keyboard are about the same size as the keys on your smartphone.
• Battery. People are not supposed to worry about watch batteries. It’s that simple. From our informal surveys we know that two weeks is the minimum expectation for battery life. Less than two weeks and the hassle of charging can easily cloud the convenience of technology. Our goal is to exceed expectations so we set our design requirement at 30 days of normal use on a single charge. We worked with a leading edge battery company to design and manufacture a thin, curved, high capacity battery that can fit in our watch. This battery coupled with our very efficient electronic design meets our requirement and we are confident it will meet your expectations.
• Hardware Expansion (Patent Pending). Every person has different requirements for a smart watch. Adding all the hardware for all these features can make a smart watch bulky and power hungry. And when new hardware arrives on the market your old smart watch becomes obsolete. To solve this problem we created Moment Snapware - easily installed hardware modules to give you the additional features you want from a smart watch. An open hardware and software development platform will allow Momentum Labs and other developers to provide the modules you want: biometric measurements, GPS, extended audio, inductive charging - nearly unlimited options for the creative developer.
• Simple Operation (Patent Pending). We included a large touch sensitive surface that wraps all the way around the outside of the Moment Smartwatch - a full 360 degree interface. This allows you to use familiar gestures to control the apps. It also opens the door to customization never available on a flat display. The touch sensitive surface area on the Moment Smartwatch is about the same size as the touch area on many smartphones.
• Time. It was very important to us that the Moment Smartwatch retain a watch signature and not let the legacy get lost in technology. To retain a classic feel we wanted a dedicated display for time. With a twist of your wrist you'll see the time in a contemporary design we chose based on the timeless analog watch face.(The prototype is close but doesn't quite capture the feel that we want for the finished device.)
• Message Board (Patent Pending). Your smartphone has a large beautiful display that is great for sharing pictures, playing games with detailed graphics and many other uses. We are not competing with that display. We designed the Moment Smartwatch to be used when it is inconvenient, unnecessary, unsafe, rude or simply not allowed to pull your smartphone from your pocket or purse. The Moment Smartwatch notifies you when messages and phone calls arrive and lets you privately read and answer them. The Moment Smartwatch lets you run apps that complement your smartphone - not compete with it. Our design philosophy for the display was to provide the right amount of technology without compromising other design elements (such as battery life).
Kickstarter Limited Edition Color
We have decided to offer one additional color for Kickstarter backers. This limited edition Moment Smartwatch will be offered in black on black - see our website (www.momentumlabs.com) for photorealistic pictures. We do not plan to offer this color combination after our Kickstarter campaign ends.
Moment Smartwatch Operation
To be certain the Moment Smartwatch turns on when you want it to and only when you want it to, we allow the user several options for turn on: flip of wrist, double tap, swipe and more. Turning on the Moment with the watch side facing up illuminates the clock face. When the watch is turned on, it remains on for a predefined amount of time.
Turning on the Moment Smartwatch with the message board facing up turns on the message board with the last used display being shown. The message board can display one of several watch faces, incoming calls, text messages, emails and more (within the limitations of your Android or iOS phone).
Everything with a battery needs to be charged. Our design team took several steps to minimize the hassle of charging. Each Moment Smartwatch comes with a standard USB cable for simple charging anywhere. An optional charger cradle is also available. The cradle holds the Moment Smartwatch upright so that the clock face and message board can be easily viewed. This allows your Moment Smartwatch to serve as an alarm clock and night light while it charges on your desk or next to your bed. The charger cradle connects to any power source with a standard USB connector.
As a special thank you to all our Kickstarter backers, Moment Smartwatches at all reward levels include the charger cradle.
Preliminary Moment Smartwatch Specs
- 1.73” 150 DPI electrophoretic display
- display resolution: 320 x 240, 16 shades of gray
- Color customizable clock face
- TI Tiva C Series ARM Cortex M4
- Nine axis Digital Motion Sensor
- Multi-point, gesture enabled, 360 degree touch interface
- Dual mode Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy)
- Audible alarm
- Vibration motor
- 820mAhr battery
- IP67 rating
- USB Micro-B connector
- Snapware interface
- < 100g estimated final weight
- approximate key size: 5mm x 5mm
- approximate touch surface area size: two halves each measuring 32mm x 100mm
- Optional charging cradle with USB connection
- Patent Pending
Moment Snapware is a series of hardware modules that extend the capabilities of the Moment. Where the Moment Smartwatch touches the underside of your wrist we’ve added a little bump of space covered by a removable panel. Below the panel is room for additional electronic circuitry and all the internal connections required for components available now and in the future. Simply remove this panel and insert the Snapware module that you want - hardware upgrade complete.
After launch of the Moment Smartwatch we plan to introduce several Snapware modules based on demand. There is almost no limit to what is possible: inductive or kinetic charging, flashlight, GPS, NFC, high quality speaker and microphone, a variety of biometric sensors and much more. If we don’t have the Snapware module that you want when you want it, we invite you to make one. We’ll release full design specs for Snapware with our SDK. What can you imagine?
The Moment retains its same water resistant rating with panel removed.
Moment Smartwatch Apps
The Moment Smartwatch - with its 360 degree touch screen, full keyboard, game interface, clock face, message board, and expandable hardware - give app developers almost endless possibilities. So far our focus has been developing an open format that can be easily built upon. We already have some basic apps and several more in development. This is only the starting point. We look forward to working with other developers to create new and innovative uses for the Moment Smartwatch.
Your smart phone is used to setup your Moment and the apps running on it. Basic descriptions are given below but each app is dependent on the smart phone and OS you are using.
- Setup / Preferences - this is the app that lets you setup notification types, alarm types, enable vibrate and alarm alerts, configure Bluetooth, create your instant messages, on/off control of watch, etc..
- Music Control - control your smart phones music remotely. Select songs, skip songs and control volume.
- Camera Control - control your smart phones camera remotely. Let’s you view the picture on the message board and when ready take the picture instantly or with a one, two or five second delay.
- Game Score Keeper - Select your favorite teams and get updates on the game each time they play. Don’t let those boring meetings keep you from the game!
- PowerPoint - control your PowerPoint presentation from your watch. Advance or go back to previous slide, zoom in and out. Anything normally done with your mouse can be done with your Moment.
A complete software development kit will be available for developers wanting to create custom apps. Prior to release of the Moment we will list the details of API’s and hardware interface. We want your help creating great new apps for the Moment community.
A Brief History of the Moment Smartwatch
The idea for the Moment was born in April 2013 as two friends ate dinner and discussed the opportunities for a smart watch that would appeal to a broader group of people. Over the next few weeks we came up with some solid ideas. We quickly decided we needed help and partnered with some talented individuals that we knew from previous successful design efforts. The synergy among the design team was great and the design took off. Over the next few months the little idea became something amazing. And then we hit a problem with available technology or mechanical fit or limited functionality and we started over. Time after time after time. Finally we have a prototype that we are proud of and which meets all of our requirements without compromise. The past year has been challenging in many ways but we are happy to be on Kickstarter now and look forward to producing the Moment Smartwatch for our Kickstarter backers.
Current Design Status
Our current prototypes have some limitations due, in large part, to cost of custom tooling.
Custom Curved Battery - We have engineering samples of our battery. It is a little larger than we will use. To receive actual batteries we need to pay development charges and place a PO for a large volume of batteries.
Touch Interface - Our development platform uses a touch grid similar in size to our final product which has allowed development of our user interface. The prototype uses large touch sensors for demonstration of functionality but not fine resolution detection of keys. The actual touch sensor that will be used requires and tooling charge for production of sample parts. These sample touch sensors must be ‘tuned’ to the production materials for the lens.
PCB Design - We have developed several custom pcb’s over the course of this design to test various features. Our current development platform and prototype makes use of several different manufacturers evaluation boards plus some custom circuitry. The final Moment design will have a flex pcb. We do all pcb design in-house, however, this pcb cannot be completed without final design of our touch sensor. Additionally, this pcb will have one die bonded part and several fine pitch BGA IC’s that make prototyping a few boards very expensive.
Standard Colors and Sizes
Currently we plan to produce the Moment Smartwatch in two colors (white lens on gold metal, black lens on silver metal) and a variety of sizes. Our prototypes are not as precisely fitting and are not in the finished colors but you can visit our website (www.momentumlabs.com) to see some photorealistic images. After our campaign we'll send you an email that will instruct you on selecting your size and preferred color.
Production and Fullfillment Plan
Over the past year we have spent thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars in development. We have developed prototype after prototype and we finally have the product we want. Now we need help from Kickstarter backers to get the Moment Smartwatch off our test bench and on your wrist.
Most of the money raised will go directly to purchasing raw materials for production. Tooling, including molds and other setup costs, along with certification testing will require another large amount of money. The Moment Smartwatch is not a one-size-fits-all device. We have to make molds and tools in multiple sizes therefore we have more setup and higher costs than most watches. We think the trade-off is justified but it does make it more expensive to get the project moving.
We’ve included a timeline below that shows key events. It is a brief overview from our full project Gantt chart. The description that follows will help explain the timeline.
For every manufacturer software development is an ongoing, never ending process that even continues after devices ship in the form of upgrades. Software will be worked on continuously but the critical path is formed by hardware finalization, manufacturing and certifications. As soon as we receive funding we will place PO’s for batteries, touch screen and LED light guides. The manufacturers we have selected for these components are aware of our schedule and will be ready to work on these when they get the PO’s.
Once we have all engineering samples and we have validated performance we can layout our flex pcb. We’ll coordinate prototype enclosures to arrive with the completed pcb assemblies (stage1 prototypes). We’ll use these prototypes to write our production test software, evaluate hardware function and enclosure fit. We’ll make modifications as needed and then repeat the process (stage 2 prototypes). If everything looks good after the second round we’ll start a very small production run (stage 3 prototypes). This build lets us address manufacturing processes and set up our QA plan. Most of these devices go to our engineers for continued development and refinement; some will be sent to test houses for preliminary certification screening. The rest will be loaned to select people not directly related to the development for real environment testing.
At this stage we are ready for our pilot production run. This production run will be closely monitored and inspected by our engineers to catch and/or correct minor problems. These devices will go to our test labs for certification and, if possible, to developer-level backers. After any fine tuning that is required we will ramp up full production and start filling orders in roughly the order they were received (some variation to order is expected as we’ll try to arrange production by size and shipments by location).
Changes made to the Kickstarter Campaign after launch
$250,000 Stretch Goal - Pledge for a second Moment Smartwatch for just $149 (details under Update #1).
$400,000 Stretch Goal - Two year, 50% advance discount on all Snapware for Kickstarter backers (detail under Update #5).
Effective immediately the Moment Smartwatch will be upgraded to include Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC (details under Update #6).
Titanium is now an option at all watch reward levels for an additional $50 (details under Update #8).
Risks and challenges
The transition from a few engineering prototypes to full production always carries risks and challenges. Momentum Labs LLC is a new company, however, prior to this company our team members individually have transitioned over 100 complex electronic products from conceptual sketch into full production. This is what we do. We enjoy doing it.
If you’ve spent much time researching smart watches on Kickstarter you know the biggest risk is delays. Some of these smart watch companies are doing a brilliant job of squeezing unimaginable amounts of advanced tech into tiny packages - every step is a big challenge when you don’t have Apple clout or Microsoft dollars pushing doors open.
The important thing to notice is that the Moment Smartwatch is fundamentally different. We have a relatively large amount of space and we are only filling it with the essential features that people want. The rest of the space is battery. The technology we are using is well established - in fact, during development 90% of our circuitry was in the form of manufacturers evaluation boards. What we are patenting and presenting here is a unique approach that provides desired technology with attention to style. Essential tech - Smart space - Good looks. We don’t have to cram every imaginable hardware feature into a tiny cube. (But if you like that kind of thing - our Snapware plug and play technology is perfect for you.)
The key point is that the technology to produce the Moment is available and already in use in many applications. We don’t need to invent it or perfect it. The Moment Smartwatch will be produced. We’ve setup an aggressive schedule, but unfortunately, the biggest holidays in the world are taking place during our crunch time - this is the source of our biggest risk. Coordinating compliance testing, component delivery, manufacturing schedules and shipments is a challenge for even the most experienced. And all of these items become more complex with the holiday season. We know time is our biggest challenge and we know careful planning is the best tool we can have.
When you back this project you’re actually backing Momentum Labs. We want to exceed our Kickstarter goal - additional dollars will go towards additional engineering support and expediting fees to help assure we hit our delivery schedule. This is our priority. When we are confident we are on schedule, we will be putting any additional dollars to work on development of the features and modules that you tell us you want. And our Kickstarter backers will not be forgotten when those modules are available.
In summary, we know our risks and challenges. We’ll handle them and we appreciate your support. We’ll keep you informed of the good and bad throughout the development process. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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