A team of watch designers are hoping that their dream product is the technological bridge between your phone and your wristwatch. The founding members of MetaWatch have developed Strata, a "smartwatch" to pair with your smartphone, and they've taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for the project.
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After years of developing watch technology for Fossil, the team has split off to develop their own product: a Bluetooth-enabled watch which pairs with your iPhone 4S or Android phone to check your mail, text messages, music, social media accounts, even your caller ID and GPS telemetry.
The MetaWatch team has made the software for the Strata open source, so developers will be able to send their own app data to the watch once it's available. That looks increasingly likely since the team has already topped its $100,000 fundraising goal with 21 days still left to go.
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Kickstarter has been a boon to horology fans and designers in recent months, with backers funding a variety of projects, including Kickstarter's most successful project, the Pebble. The team behind the customizable "e-paper watch" broke records on its way to collecting over $10 million in funds.
With MetaWatch's fundraising goal set, the team is focused on interface design, communication certification and compatibility with iOS 6 as it ramps up production. Shipment of the Strata is expected in November of this year.
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