About this project
LinkMe was born out of a pretty simple concept - how can we personalize the special moments in our lives in a unique and fun way? From our previous work on miniature, flexible billboards applied to popular consumer products, we repeatedly heard feedback how cool it would be to apply the technology to a bracelet. In 2011, we commenced the development and a year later the production of LinkMe.
LinkMe connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and when someone sends you a message - via the dedicated LinkMe app - the words pop up on the bracelet. You can also set it to receive social media updates. There are many potential uses of LinkMe.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS?
Although we see giving LinkMe to a friend/loved one to stay in touch and send special reminders of love and care, there are many additional applications, including:
- News (ie scores, stocks)
- Social media
- Sports stadiums
- Charitable causes
WHAT CAN I DO WITH LINKME?
Imagine having your closest friends and family available to you, with just a glance at your wrist. That’s LinkMe – your connection to the ones you care about the most. LinkMe will automatically translate and display the messages and alerts you choose, making them available to you with just a glance at your wrist.
THE LINKME TEAM
The LinkMe project is led by Matt Sandy, Colin Glaum and Tim Goldburt. Following his MBA from Columbia University, Matt has built high-tech start ups commercializing innovative technologies over the past ten years. His experience includes over six years overseeing manufacturing, production and development of novel display applications. Having served as the creative director of several leadings firms (OgilvyAction, Rapp Collins, Young & Rubicam), Colin is a creative guru of innovative consumer products. His direct experience involves bringing killer ideas with the potential to positively enhance the consumer experience to life. Tim is a veteran scientist/inventor with over thirty years of expertise in display technologies and over fifty patents. His background includes Thomas J. Watson IBM R&D Center, Philips Electronics, and his own R&D ventures commercializing novel developments.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
With LinkMe, you can send a message with your smartphone via an easy to use app that will in turn be displayed on LinkMe. It’s that simple – in meetings, in class or when you have your hands full, you’ll be able to receive the messages that matter to you most.
In addition to receiving the messages you want, LinkMe can notify you of alerts you choose. You can "symbol-code" these notifications, meaning you can choose your own set of characters that LinkMe will display to represent a particular person or situation. See the video below for an example. One of the pledge categories is for a LinkMe enabled to solely receive customized notifications and alerts.
The LinkMe is elliptical, not circular, to match the shape of the wrist. Initial challenges of the development included the moulding which was no easy task. Finding a solution for the clasp was a challenge. In the first models we decided on a simple, easy to use clasp.
The battery life of the LinkMe is substantial as the device consumes little energy given its clever use of light emitting diodes. Nevertheless this is one area we seek to improve as a cost benefit analysis has shown potential for an upgraded organic light emitting diode display.
WHERE WE’RE AT
We completed the design and tooling of LinkMe. Our prototypes allow to program messages directly on them, are sleek and low profile, and utilize thin, flexible displays. The current number of leds in the displays is 125. This campaign will allow to upgrade the display to over 200 leds, a much richer quality. Your contribution will also make it possible to complete critical steps in the project, including:
- Purchasing components in bulk
- Manufacturing and assembly
- Testing and certification
- Ongoing developments and enhancements
- Translation of manuals into multiple languages
NEW! STRETCH GOAL - 140K
We have been considering adding vibration capability to LinkMe for some time. After taking into account feedback and demand for vibration capability, we have decided to make this feature a stretch goal. Therefore, vibration capability will be added upon the campaign surpassing this stretch goal.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"LinkMe is unabashedly beautiful... there’s just something about LinkMe that makes me want to have it around my wrist." - TechCrunch
"Move over, Apple and Samsung. While two of tech's biggest companies are reportedly developing smart watches, startup LinkMe has already gotten a head start." - Mashable
"What makes LinkMe a lot more interesting than smart watches probably has to be its design. It’s made from chrome and has a very clean and minimalist finish to it." - Ubergizmo
"Looks absolutely brilliant when lit up. It's almost as though it was taken straight from a science fiction movie." - Trendhunter
"Whether you use the wristband for social media updates, personalized messages, security alerts, or telling the time, LinkMe is sure to be a nice addition to your wardrobe when your phone is out of reach." - Tekkek
Risks and challenges
Our job is development, production and manufacturing. We know the nature of the challenges we may encounter and how to overcome them. We have constantly met or exceeded our development and production timelines in the past, and we are confident we will deliver on time. We do not take pledges lightly, as each pledge will come from people who believe in this project and our ability to execute. We will maintain excellent communication with backers, post updates on the project, and respond to all questions in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Approximately two weeks on a single charge. For recharging, the device comes with a USB cord and AC adapter - it plugs right into the device when you open it inside.
Can you use it as a watch to display the time? Can it default to a watch when no message is coming through?
Yes, it has a watch function built it. It will default to a watch when no message is coming through.
Will it be possible to adjust the color of the LED display? RGB will be better instead of fixed led color, stretch goal perhaps?
Yes, it is possible to have a multi-color version so that the color of the LED will be adjustable. RGB is definitely our stretch goal.
Will the LinkMe be adjustable, or will the final version come in different sizes for different wrist sizes?
We are planning for it to be adjustable in the final version to fit all wrists and sizes.
Will there be an option to control the display by means other than text message? For example, will there be some sort if app or interface that lets you enter whatever you want and have it display the message to make it act like a portable billboard?
That's a great question! The answer is yes.
The side buttons allow you to switch between functions, power, time, etc
Will those that secure the early $99 pledge level be able to select the blue LED version, or is the red LED version only available for that tier?
The $99 pledge level is a discount for early birds for helping the project get started for that tier. The retail price will be more than $150. The way we set it up is for those that would like the Blue LED that is a different pledge level.
We do anticipate releases of LinkMe in the future in other options such as gold, platinum, titanium, brushed aluminum, or anodized black.
Currently it does not vibrate. However, that is feature we are considering adding.
It currently has 125 leds. A successful campaign will allow it to have 203 leds.
Right now it can show basic symbols like heart signs. A successful campaign will allow us it to have a richer display quality to show simple emotion icons.
Yes. Less than three ounces. Anticipated to be waterproof. Li. Plastic, working on aluminum model as well.
55 by 70mm inner oval and thickness about 5mm.
No, the device is not easily visible except to the wearer.
Yes, the speed of the display can be changed.
Yes, we are planning for LinkMe to have a "disable" button.
Yes, we are planning to offer an API and default tool so that users could tweak some settings by default and developers could create their own innovative ideas.
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