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MOTI, Inc.By MOTI, Inc.
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    1. Cherry Divine
      Superbacker
      on

      I want to say that while I am disappointed that the campaign has been canceled, I believe you made the right decision. As a backer I am committed to Moti, and very much want to have a finished product at some point, but would be much more disappointed to have invested in a failed campaign. I appreciate all of your open communication and support of your backers, and you have my continued support in return. I look forward to following Moti's journey and to being a part of bringing a great product to market. Thank you for your commitment to building the best business and product possible.

    2. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Hi Sylvain - a great idea, and that's precisely what we'd like to do.

      Since we don't know exactly what/when that will be yet, we'd love for you to drop us your email address with this form so we can keep you updated: www.moti.io/kickstarter-emails. (Kickstarter doesn't automatically release your contact info to us).

      This is separate from our general mailing list in order to keep track of who has been here from the beginning.

      Best,
      Kayla

    3. Sylvain Ethier
      Superbacker
      on

      Possibility to keep track of backers and offer a better deal {kind of early bird pledge but for first batch backers}. I think it could ease disappointment knowing that you recognize we were there at the beginning!

    4. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Hi Benny,

      Thank you for the feedback, and we certainly acknowledge that this is a not-fun scenario. I hope that you had a chance to read our update in addition to the livestream that goes through in some detail about the reasoning behind this decision.

      Fundamentally, we felt that a much worse way to treat our early supporters would be to take your money with the foresight that we could be massively delayed, ship a poor quality product, or not ship at all. By scaling back now, we can ensure that we are building the right product and sell + ship incrementally with far less risk.

      While canceling is certainly is no laughing matter, we are committed to keeping positive, staying true to ourselves, and letting our continued vision for MOTI keep us in high spirits for the future. We do hope that you'll join us.

      Best,
      Kayla

    5. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Hi Nicole,

      We completely understand your disappointment - know that we're disappointed too. Especially given your love for MOTI!

      We hope that our update gave some clarity as to why we made this decision. (If you haven't seen it yet, please do check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/habitmoti/moti-your-smart-companion-for-better-habits/posts/1706915). We feel that while it will be a bit painful in the short term, it will be the best choice for the long term impact of MOTI.

      About international shipments: that was another tough decision that would be good to clarify a little bit. The reason international shipments are so hard isn't because of the higher cost of shipping by air - it's a combination of the need to get the right electronic safety certifications for individual countries and the extra duties that are charged to pass borders.

      Because of these logistical hurdles, we are limiting batch 1 to US only. However, we have a waitlist specifically for international shipments for future releases (see: https://moti2.typeform.com/to/Ap7DbE). We truly hope you will consider joining it.

      Lastly, I'm so sorry for the fact that you feel like you need to "get out" when in fact our goal here is to get everyone "in" when it comes to forming their habits. If it's of interest, we also have 15 minute slots to chat directly with us to make a plan of action for your habits. You can find availible times here: https://calendly.com/kaylamatheus/moti-habit-advice

      (That said given our different timezones + it looks like all the slots are booked for the next two months already, feel free to shoot us a note at hello@moti.io to find a separate time that works for you.)

      Let us know if there is anything else we can do,
      Kayla

    6. Benny Sigalov on

      To add to the previous comment.. We gave you our love and support, this is no way to treat your early supporters.

      Started to watch the live stream, stopped after 30 seconds, do you seriously think our disappointment is something to be laughed at? really?!?

    7. Benny Sigalov on

      Nicole Weiß ++ agreed, very disappointing

    8. Nicole Weiß on

      I'm really really disappointed that you canceled the campaign, and yes, I am also a little bit angry. I fell in love with Moti the first time I've seen it, could barely wait until August to get my own.

      I clicked the link to the batch program as soon as I read the mail to see that its sold out. Furthermore, because I live in Germany I even had hadn't a chance to get one.

      It's like "Nice that you like our Moti and wanted to spent money on it, now get OUT! FAST!". :(

    9. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Many thanks for the kind words, Jeffrey! We are so grateful for having had the opportunity to learn all we have through the Kickstarter platform and folks like yourself.

      Definitely looking forward to sharing our future path with you,
      Kayla

    10. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Hi 吴德帅,

      We made the decision to cancel for a number of reasons including the desire to integrate key learnings into our product first, and start to ship in smaller, iterative batches rather than all at once.

      Our latest backer update goes into much more detail on our decision, which was admittedly a hard one! But it is one that we believe will benefit our users more in the long run: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/habitmoti/moti-your-smart-companion-for-better-habits/posts/1706915

      In that update you will also notice a few options for next steps, including a waitiing list to be in line for the next batch of MOTI pre-production units.

      Best,
      Kayla

    11. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Hi JD - So sorry that we had to hold back on shipping internationally for now. That was also a hard decision given we have gotten a lot of interest from all over the world! We can fully understand the disappointment.

      The reasons are entirely logistical. We would need to make sure that our product receives the electronic safety certifications of individual countries - in addition to duties on imported goods beyond standard shipping costs. That's a process that does take a bit of time and isn't without cost. We will certainly be looking into it for the future, just not for the first batch.

      We hope to be reaching out to you soon,
      Kayla

    12. Jeffrey Quisenberry on

      More than disappointed, I am respectful of the courage it took to cancel such a project in order to rescale it based on what you've learned. Good luck with your smaller, more focused efforts. I look forward to seeing the results in your maillist.

    13. 吴德帅 on

      Hi there,
      We're writing to let you know that MOTI | Your Smart Companion for Better Habits (Canceled) has been canceled by the project creator. As a result, your $114.00 USD pledge has been automatically canceled and your card will not be charged.
      If you'd like to follow along with the creator's next steps, stay tuned to their updates. You can even drop them an encouraging message or comment on their project page.
      Thanks for supporting this project.

      What happened.?

    14. JDM
      Superbacker
      on

      Sorry to hear about your decision to cancel, even more disappointed to find out that international backers have been ruled out of supporting your small batch program.

      I went right to the page to keep on participating as soon as I saw the news, delighted that I'd got in nice and early, ready to keep on supporting... only to feel really let down by that. That's a real shame. What was the reason? I would have gladly covered any shipping costs.

      Oh well, best of luck for the future. I hope you find a path that suits you!

    15. Fredrik Karlsson on

      Do I need an app or can I access the settings through a browser?

      On WIFI:
      I always turn WIFI off during the night and when I'm not home, I do realize that I have to have my MOTI on always (thankfully the light is not always on according to a comment below). Will MOTI still work if I turn WIFI off and is there a way to turn WIFI off on MOTI after programming it (software or hardware) so that I don't have a device by my bed constantly looking for a WIFI signal, it's not healthy, especially not for sleep. Please take this into consideration. Perhaps you could add an alternative way to program MOTI by connecting it to a computer through a USB cable and there you could choose to turn WIFI on or off, if you don't want to add a hardware button for it on MOTI (I assume it is not there).

      How come you did not choose to add eyes, nose etc?

      Also:
      Is there a reason why you chose the turqoise color, did you study the psychological properties (cultural ones excluded) of color and is that taken into account on MOTIS different moods, since the main form of communication MOTI uses is light, right?=)

    16. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Cherry Divine - great question!

      MOTI is currently tied to one habit at a time because he needs to be that symbolic visual cue. If you look at him - how would you know if he represents your running habit, your meditation habit, or your tidying up habit?

      We also learned that most people try to tackle too many habits at one time, which puts a big drain on your focus and prioritization (google "ego depletion" if you're curious about some of the science behind this).

      That said, you can buy a two-pack (or more) and have different MOTIs for different habits, or you can use MOTI with different habits sequentially! We are also working on a way that makes psychological sense for MOTI to represent 2-3 habits at once. Stay tuned.

    17. Cherry Divine
      Superbacker
      on

      I am eagerly looking forward to using my Moti to develop better habits! One feature I would love to see is to be able to develop more than one habit at a time with my Moti. Would this be possible in future software upgrades?

    18. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Great question Nathan! You will be able to export all of your raw data for any additional analysis beyond our extensive dashboard analysis. We understand and appreciate the quantified selfers out there, so we've enabled this feature just for you all. Thanks again for your question!

    19. Nathan Panuco on

      Will there be a way to export the data for analysis in another application like Tableau?

    20. Twenty-Fifth Watches on

      this is super kool! check us out when you can :)

    21. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Great questions 吴德帅! Because you interact with MOTI primarily by pushing his faceplate, versus speaking to him, he can work with any language, including Chinese!

      Upon campaign close, we will be sending our backers instructions for you to be able to choose your MOTI color from the ones we've shown, along with the fourth color that backers will vote upon.

      We have a posted delivery date of July/August, but are doing everything we can to set up our supply chain to deliver as soon as possible.

      Thanks again and feel free to message us if you have more questions, or email us directly at hello@moti.io.

    22. 吴德帅 on

      Is there a customer service? Will not really be 11 months after the delivery of it? My email address is 1546923812@qq.com?

    23. 吴德帅 on

      Hellow,I am a Chinese, MOTI can be set to Chinese? Which price can buy a MOTI? What are some of the 99 dollars?

    24. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      @ Teresa - Many congrats on your upcoming wedding, and we can't wait to ship your MOTI to you! Hopefully he will be like your own personal gym buddy, but for whatever habit you need to form at the time.

    25. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Hi Stacy - great suggestions!

      The MOTI setup app does currently let you set different timings based on different days of the week (for instance, you're probably not going to stick to your regular bedtime routine on a Friday night - and that's okay!).

      Re: magenta, how does something like this look to you? http://bit.ly/2dvomyc

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      Stacy Bauer on

      Can we please have a magenta/pink/raspberry color option? I think Moti would be smashing in that shade!

    27. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Thanks for your questions here, Vanessa!

      1. Since there are multiple things i'd like to work on do we have the option to do so based on certain times a day? For instance at 10am i could go to the gym and let MOTI know when i come back and he can mark that in the app and then a 1pm i'd like to do some writing for an hour and then he can mark that and so forth so we can do multiple habits at once based on time and day?
      - Each MOTI is designed for one habit at a time, so you'd prioritize and use MOTI for a single habit until that habit becomes ingrained. You can then repurpose MOTI for other habits. There's also the option of using multiple MOTIs, though it's best not to try to form too many habits at a time since it does require a lot effort and mental energy.

      2. Is MOTI going to change physically when he's released outside of kickstarter? Looking at him now he looks cool but i'm wondering if this is going to be like a smartphone sort of deal where there will eventually be different versions of him where physically he improves or changes and then we have to buy a new model? I'd only like to buy 1 since money is tight for me and i don't want to have to upgrade to have an important feature later on.
      - At this time we do not plan on changing MOTI's form. His current form is based on years of research in human-centered design and everything from his shell to his stature and face is a deliberate choice and meant to have the best influence on you.

      3. I'm assuming the app will work on both IOS and Android but could you confirm this and that future updates will be free for users?
      - Yes, the app works on any mobile or desktop browser.

    28. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Michael - thanks for your great questions!

      1. Are there certain times that moti's light / random sounds it makes happen aside from the time you push it to notify it that the task has been completed? Like, what are the triggers for say, when it gets mad that you haven't done the habit, is it at random or?
      - If you haven't completed your habit activity and haven't told MOTI that you've done so, he could get angry, in which case he might glow bright red and "yell" at you, or he might get very sad and start crying. He has a full, very animated personality, so his reactions to you will vary based on how much you're slipping from your habit or what MOTI thinks your psychological triggers are (ex. do you need to be guilted into doing your habit?)
      2. Is it possible to alter the brightness of moti's light or configure it not to be on at certain times (ie sleep, I plan to have it in my room)?
      - Yes, you can configure it all through MOTI's accompanying app.

      3. Will I receive any sort of reminder from either the physical moti or app that I should do my habit / can I configure this to happen at certain times?
      - Yes, you set up your habit through the app. You can set the times as well as the frequency of the activity.

      4. Do you think the ability to have moti handle more than one habit (mentioned in faq section) will be implemented by the time we get our hands on moti? I've got a lot to work on haha, just curious.
      - Part of MOTI's influence over your behavior/your habit is the fact that he is an environmental cue. MOTI must remain in the critical moment of choice - where you would be doing your habit or thinking to yourself whether or not to do your habit. He's a physical representation of your will power for a particular habit, so it's really best if you only associate each MOTI with one habit at a time. If each MOTI was programmed for more than one habit at a time, he wouldn't be an effective environmental cue.

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      Stacy Bauer on

      I'm very excited by this project, I think it could be a great motivator! I would like to see a scheduling component added to the app, so that as my schedule changes Moti can adjust his hints accordingly. With the option to work on multiple habits being discussed, I think the scheduling would be beneficial as Moti will know when you're supposed to be working on a specific goal and if you need extra motivation for a certain task as compared to others. Hopefully this is helpful!

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      Vanessa L on

      This seems pretty cool and i do have trouble forming habits so i thought i'd give it a go :)
      I do have some questions though.

      1. Since there are multiple things i'd like to work on do we have the option to do so based on certain times a day? For instance at 10am i could go to the gym and let MOTI know when i come back and he can mark that in the app and then a 1pm i'd like to do some writing for an hour and then he can mark that and so forth so we can do multiple habits at once based on time and day?

      2. Is MOTI going to change physically when he's released outside of kickstarter? Looking at him now he looks cool but i'm wondering if this is going to be like a smartphone sort of deal where there will eventually be different versions of him where physically he improves or changes and then we have to buy a new model? I'd only like to buy 1 since money is tight for me and i don't want to have to upgrade to have an important feature later on.

      3. I'm assuming the app will work on both IOS and Android but could you confirm this and that future updates will be free for users?

      That's all i can think of for now so thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm really looking forward to trying MOTI :)

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      Teresa Pearen on

      I absolutely cannot wait for this to come out! I've needed this for a number of years now, so it's definitely exciting that someone has actually brought it to life.

      My wedding in in ~1.5 years and have a lot to work on before and after the big day. Exercise, eat healthier, drink more water, take a break to breathe are only a few.

      I have struggled with willpower when it comes to health and fitness for the last decade. To have something physical to cheer for my successes, hold me accountable, and to ensure that I keep motivated and on track when I'm not feeling so positive, is exactly what I've needed. Thank you so much!

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      Michael on

      I'm left with a few questions as far as how moti will operate on the day to day:

      1. Are there certain times that moti's light / random sounds it makes happen aside from the time you push it to notify it that the task has been completed? Like, what are the triggers for say, when it gets mad that you haven't done the habit, is it at random or?

      2. Is it possible to alter the brightness of moti's light or configure it not to be on at certain times (ie sleep, I plan to have it in my room)?

      3. Will I receive any sort of reminder from either the physical moti or app that I should do my habit / can I configure this to happen at certain times?

      4. Do you think the ability to have moti handle more than one habit (mentioned in faq section) will be implemented by the time we get our hands on moti? I've got a lot to work on haha, just curious.

      Thanks so much for making this its an manifestation of something I feel like I've always needed :3

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      Michael on

      I'm left with a few questions as far as how moti will operate on the day to day:

      1. Are there certain times that moti's light / random sounds it makes happen aside from the time you push it to notify it that the task has been completed? Like, what are the triggers for say, when it gets mad that you haven't done the habit, is it at random or?

      2. Is it possible to alter the brightness of moti's light or configure it not to be on at certain times (ie sleep, I plan to have it in my room)?

      3. Will I receive any sort of reminder from either the physical moti or app that I should do my habit / can I configure this to happen at certain times?

      4. Do you think the ability to have moti handle more than one habit (mentioned in faq section) will be implemented by the time we get our hands on moti? I've got a lot to work on haha, just curious.

      Thanks so much for making this its an actualization of something I feel like I've always needed :3

    34. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      jca burchsted - Habit theories say that the best way to stop a bad habit like reaching for junk food, is to replace it with a good one. In your case, you could start a new habit of eating vegetables or having a healthy smoothie a couple times a day. We at MOTI believe in focusing on the positive.

    35. MOTI, Inc. Creator on

      Eleni Thanou - MOTI knows you did your habit (the correct one) when you push the button on his face. He has no actual sensors otherwise. Now of course you can lie to him if you choose, but MOTI is a physical manifestation of your will power - your commitment to yourself - so you'd only be lying to yourself. Also, what we learned from our Alpha and Beta testing programs was that people didn’t want to lie to MOTI. That's part of his influence on you - he's able to make you feel kindof guilty for cheating yourself.

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      love to live on

      I want MOTI to cheer when I *don’t* reach for the donut, the cookie, the piece of pie, but go for the veggies, the fruit, the better choice.

    37. Eleni
      Superbacker
      on

      Hello, I'm very excited about this project. It's an awesome idea!

      I just have a question:

      How can MOTI tell the difference between similar activities. For example if I want to develop a habbit of drawing daily, how can MOTI tell if I'm drawing or just writing something? Or if I want to drink water daily, how can MOTI tell if I'm drinking water or alcohol or some soft drink?

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      Nolic0321 on

      Congrats on making it MOTI team! So excited for this little extra bit of MOTIvation and thanks for your reply Kayla...even though I may be 5 days late ;p

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      Su Panya Collaborator on

      Joan Hatfield - Also, great suggestion regarding adding an extra layer of positive feedback from users' friends, doctors, trainers, etc. More rewards means more motivation! This social integration is absolutely something we are considering for future MOTIs!

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      Su Panya Collaborator on

      Joan Hatfield - Definitely! We do see MOTI being used by dentists with their patients.

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      Su Panya Collaborator on

      jca burchsted - Aww! We are so glad that MOTI can be a help to you. What is your habit?

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      Joan Hatfield on

      Here's my original post....

      MOTI owners could designate people that could receive email or text notifications from MOTI when its owner completed a habit. Those people could then enhance the positive feedback loop to increase motivation by commenting back with congratulations. MOTI owners could designate friends, as well as trainers, physical therapists, etc. As a trainer, I would love have MOTI as a motivational connection to a client, present when I am not to keep my client exercising and to enable me to know when to cheer my client on with each exercise session.

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      Joan Hatfield on

      Thought some more about my last post....why not market MOTI to dentists trying to get patients to brush and floss, to trainers, physical therapists, etc. They could be distributors for MOTI...a win-win for your company, the service providers, and the patients/clients.

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      love to live on

      tears of relief when I saw this project: I have been looking and looking for something like this! Thank you!

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      Su Panya Collaborator on

      What a great way to fuel positive change in your life and in the lives of the one's you love! This will make great stocking stuffers! Cute, meaningful and cute creators of positive change!

    46. Kayla Matheus Collaborator on

      Thanks Stephanie, Ariel, and Collin for the support! We can't wait to get your MOTIs to you.

      Re: multiple users tied to one product, that's a great idea we hadn't thought about yet! You can tie multiple MOTIs to one user, but why not the other way around? I'll bring this up with the software team to see how something like that would work.

      Best,
      Kayla (MOTI Inventor and Co-founder)

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      Nolic0321 on

      Love this idea! Totally makes sense to have a physical motivator. That's why there are trainers in gyms ey? Just wanted to leave some feedback and mention that it would be nice if mulitple users could use the product.

      I realize there are limitations so maybe I just need to pledge for two Moti's but in a tight budget it would be nice to have multiple profiles connected to one moti...not sure how this could be accomplished.

    48. Ariel Briner on

      Love the idea! Who doesn't need a little push to build a new habit? Can't wait for them to ship.

    49. Stephanie Rich on

      Super excited about this! I'm so bad at maintaining habits longer than two weeks. Going to use this for long term skin regime at home and drinking water at work.