About this project
The first REAL watch that connects with your smartphone, keeps you alerted, and unlike other smart watches, DOES NOT NEED TO BE RECHARGED!
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What People are Saying
Christopher (a backer) - "I am an avid watch collector and I have long been in search of an automatic movement watch such as the COOKOO that does integrate with my phone so I want to say thank you and that I truly appreciate this project!"
Geekwire - "... and a different, and may we say, more stylish look than the square-faced Pebble"
Techcrunch - "Move Over, Pebble, There’s A New E-Watch In Town"
Engadget - “It’s USP is that it's a more cultured way to check if you've been tweeted than simply whipping out your phone every few minutes.”
Ubergizmo - “The COOKOO watch is a piece of wearable technology which extends your smartphone’s functionality to your wrist, basically turning you into a modern day Dick Tracy.”
Everything iCafe - “The COOKOO watch trims down significantly on the digital clutter of many a smart watch…”
Lazy Tech Guys - "The sky’s the limit with this thing.”
Man Made Mag - "Perhaps even more importantly, it won’t require a regular charge, like the Pebble did; the COOKOO goes over a year without needing to change the batteries."
Tech Rock Star - "Interested? Of course you are – it’s hard not to appreciate a good-looking analog watch with smarts."
Trend Hunter - "... it connects to smartphones (both iPhones and Androids) to provide a more convenient interaction."
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The COOKOO watch cleverly helps you manage your Bluetooth 4.0 smartphone so you don't have to constantly check it.
Have you ever missed a call because you couldn’t hear your phone? Or found yourself constantly checking your phone for new texts emails or Facebook messages?
Well, get ready to liberate yourself from your phone with the COOKOO watch!
The COOKOO watch will notify you when something happens on your phone in real time—even if you can’t hear, see, or reach it.
Your information at a glance
As a pilot and engineer, I know how it's critical to have the information that matters available to me at a glance.
That is why the COOKOO watch has a beautifully designed analog watch face with easy to read icons that display the information you need anywhere, anytime. The smart, user-friendly interface will easily keep you connected and help manage your phone, apps, and social networks.
What are the available colors?
The COOKOO watch will ship in special Kickstarter green on black, black on black, brushed stainless on black, white on black, blue on black...
... and now pink is the new black.
Reusable bird house packaging
Your COOKOO watches will arrive in a package that can be reused as a bird house or bird feeder this winter.
This innovative (patent-pending) package design emphasizes our commitment to creating a minimal impact on the environment through reusing and recycling.
Who knows, maybe you’ll even spot a cuckoo bird at your feeder!
What do you expect from a watch?
There are the three things I expect from every watch I own - namely that a watch should:
- be READABLE at a glance
- not require recharging
- be DURABLE and WEARABLE anywhere, anytime
For the COOKOO watch, this also meant…
- 3 ATM water resistance (5 ATM ACHIEVED)
- A durable mineral crystal watch face
- Up to 1 year of battery life for the connected display
- 3 years of battery life for the analog movement
- Attractive designs you can wear for business or pleasure
What matters to you?
Along with the Connected App™, the COOKOO watch is designed to simplify your life.
The Connected App keeps you in control of the alerts and notifications you receive on the cookoo watch. Use the default settings or customize your own based on your lifestyle.
Select which notifications you want to receive and whether you want to be notified by an icon, beep, or vibration.
Configure alerts for...
- Incoming and missed calls
- Text/SMS messages
- Facebook chats and messages
What do you want to do?
The COOKOO's COMMAND button can be customized to do the things you want to do such as…
- Check in: be the first to check in on Facebook—with more apps to come.
- Tag a location: tag your current location on the Connected App’s map—later you can add notes, pictures, and even share your map with others.
- Take a picture: use the command button as a remote for your phone’s camera—perfect for taking group shots!
…and more as the Connected App develops!
Have you ever been stuck with an empty cell phone battery?
The COOKOO watch reminds you when your phone’s battery is low so you can get to a charger before your phone goes dead.
Can’t remember where you left your phone?
One simple press of a button on the COOKOO watch will sound an alert on your phone so you can find it quickly.
What if I don’t want to be interrupted?
The COOKOO watch will never intrude or disrupt. Just press the “ack” button to mute the audible alerts or to turn the vibrations on or off.
Can I wear it anywhere?
Yes! The COOKOO watch’s elegant design is both water resistant (5 ATM) and durable so you can take it everywhere--even swimming!
How does it work?
The COOKOO watch connects to the latest Bluetooth® Smart Ready iOS or Android devices, such as the iPhone 4S, new iPad, HTC One (S, X, XI) and the new Samsung Galaxy S3—with many more phones to come!
Because it uses Bluetooth Smart technology, you get increased functionality of your cellphone without a significant impact on your phone's battery life.
Can I replace the strap?
The COOKOO watch supports a standard replaceable 22mm strap.
How big is it?
The COOKOO watch is comparable in size to some of the finest watches on the market such as the IWC GST Chronograph.
The COOKOO watch case dimensions are 44mm x 16.3mm.
So why the name "COOKOO watch"?
As a child, I was always fascinated with the way my grandmother’s German cuckoo clocks precisely announced each hour—no matter where in the house I was.
I carried that fascination forward to develop the COOKOO watch, an incredibly useful, intelligent, and customizable watch with a wireless link to your smartphone.
What's coming as we hit new milestones?
A lot of you have been asking what we are going to do if we hit new funding milestones. Here's what we've got lined-up:
- SUCCESS - $200k funding goal reached - FREE access to the API libraries
- $300k funding goal reached - Add play, pause, and skip song music control to the Connected App™
- $400k funding goal reached - New configurable alerts so you can select from a number of alerts such as stock alerts (in case your favorite stock goes up or down) and weather alerts (in case a storm is near).
- $500k funding goal reached - Support for Windows 8 so that you can use your COOKOO watch with the highly-anticipated Windows 8 tablets
Developers - get creative!
We bet you can dream up hundreds of uses for the COOKOO watch that we haven't thought of yet.
Here's what you can do with the Connected Device Profile and API:
- Send commands from your app and trigger the COOKOO watch's alerts and icons (e.g. reminder, chat, text, mail, etc.)
- Receive one of three alert levels from the cookoo watch in your app so that you can trigger an action (e.g. trigger the camera shutter release, drop a pin on a map, etc.)
- Acknowledge and cancel an alert on your phone from the cookoo watch
This means that you could, for instance:
- Send a reminder to the watch when its time to take medicine
- Alert when an ebay deal is closing
- Send notifications when somebody has posted to your company's private message board
We encourage you to get creative and develop your own app for the COOKOO watch.
That's why we added the COOKOO Keychain!
The COOKOO keychain is the perfect complement to the COOKOO watch and will ship in September so that developers can get a head start developing their apps.
For a short video demo of the Connected App and keychain, click here.
I’ve teamed up with great contributors around the world, blending cutting-edge technology and engineering, European design, watch experts and world-class manufacturers.
We have a passion for innovation and solving real-world problems with technology, attention to detail, and clean execution.
The COOKOO watch exemplifies our commitment to high-quality, exceptional design.
As you can see we’ve built working prototypes and are now making the final adjustments for production. We've also filed for patent protection, selected an established and reliable manufacturing partner, and are now testing the prototypes together with the Connected App for iOS.
Your pledge will help us fund:
- Production test equipment and tooling
- Large volume component orders
- iOS and Android app development and fostering a developer community
Our remaining key milestones are:
Help us move the COOKOO watch from the prototype phase into production!
We have assembled the team, developed the prototypes, and vetted the concept. Now we need you, fellow kickstarters, to bring this product to market. With your support we plan on shipping to Backers by late October.
Join the COOKOO community and be first to get your cookoo watch!
Unfortunately, in order to provide the stellar (up to 1 year) battery life we must use the Bluetooth SMART technology only available in Bluetooth 4.0 and the phones must support the Connected App. Therefore the cookoo™ watch will not connect with legacy Bluetooth phones.
The cookoo™ watch is water resistant to 5 ATM. This means you can take it into the shower, wear it at the beach, or go for a swim in the pool all while receiving notifications on your watch and not having to worry about exposing your phone to the elements.
At the moment, Bluetooth 4.0 support is available in iOS 5.x and Android 4.x. We will initially be supporting the following devices with new ones being added as we validate the customer experience:
* iPhone 4S
* new iPad
* Samsung Galaxy S3
* HTC One X
The battery life estimate for the connected system is based on a continuous connection with the phone and will vary based-n the number of notifications you receive.
The analog movement lasts for up to 3 years and is not affected by the phone connection.
We are considering other phone operating systems besides Android and iOS. Stay tuned - we will post an update if and when we decide to add support for Windows phones.
Yes - your cookoo™ watch should not interfere with your other Bluetooth wireless connections and you should be able to enjoy both the cookoo™ watch experience and talk hands-free without any impact on performance.
The cookoo watch's analog movement is independent of the connected system. This means that it will behave just like a regular quartz watch and does not synchronize its time to the phone's network time.
The COOKOO keychain is the perfect complement to your COOKOO watch and with it you can:
1) Use it as a remote for your camera — snap a picture remotely using the keychain
2) Use it as a waypoint remote — mount it on your bike, hang it from your backpack, etc. and drop a virtual pin on the connected map when you are out and about.
3) Use it as a phone finder when you know your phone is near, but can't seem to find it
Just like the COOKOO watch, it can also alert you on command (e.g. "find my keys") or when you have a notification and uses a Bluetooth SMART connection. Because of this, it has a 1 year battery life (just like the COOKOO watch) and can be used with the Connected App without interfering with your COOKOO watch experience.
It comes with a replaceable CR2032 battery (just like the COOKOO watch) and you can replace it yourself.
Best of all, its a great tool for developers and will ship in September so that you can develop your Connected Apps before the COOKOO watch is ready.
For Canadian or International backers, we have two options for the shipping if you wish to ADD a keychain to your order:
Option 1: Get your keychain EARLY—if you would like to receive your keychain in September (in advance of your watch), make sure you add shipping for both the watch ($10 for Canada, $15 for International) and the keychain ($5 for Canada, $10 for International) for a total of $15 shipping for Canada and $25 for International.
Option 2: Save on shipping and get your keychain and watch TOGETHER when the watch ships in November - add only $10 for Canada or $15 for International shipping.
For US backers: keychains will be shipped separately and arrive in September (in advance of your watch).
For backers at the $23 (keychain only) level—please ensure to include the keychain shipping in your pledge ($5 for Canada, $10 International).
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