Mota DOI SmartRing goes up for pre-order

Smart jewellery graduates from crowdfunding and is on sale now

Smart jewellery is here. We've tested the Misfit Swarovski Shine and the Netatmo June. We've got an Altruis ring on right now. And Mota's SmartRing, which hit its Indiegogo target in September, is now up for pre-order.

The SmartRing displays smartphone notifications (such as Facebook and Twitter) with simple blue icons, a step away from rings and bracelets which simply buzz when you have an alert.

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It does that too with vibration and audio alerts, shows unread message counts and you can scroll through the icons to check your latest updates.

A VIP feature allows you to select people you want to receive updates from, a nice 'digital detox' feature which we've been trying out on the Altruis stone at the moment. The companion app, for iOS and Android, will have its work cut out to match the stylish and straightforward Kovert Designs app though.

As for the ring itself, we saw prototypes last year and they are fairly chunky on the hand. We hope the final units are a lot svelter and more in line with what you see in Mota's promo videos. We're not sure the size of the final display but Mota says it is the 'smallest gesture-controlled text display on a wearable'.

Mota SmartRing hits funding target

The fairly unisex SmartRing is available to pre-order in two colours - black and white - and costs $150. That's double the early Indiegogo price but still reasonable in the world of smart jewellery. This will rise to $200 at some point in the future too. If you pre-order now, Mota says it will ship in July in 'limited quantities'.

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Smart jewellery still doesn't know what it's supposed to do yet. Mota's mission is to solve the problem of too many smartphone notifications interrupting our day. Whether or not we want a ring with a display as the best solution to that first world problem remains to be seen.

After all, the best-looking wearables so far seem to be those that forego a display altogether - Altruis, the Mondaine Helvetica No.1, Misfit Shine, Jawbone UP24. We'll reserve full judgement until we've lived with the SmartRing so look out for a Wareable review.


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    • MAX3808·

      Scam? Actually I'm BEGINNING to think so, even after I've backed them for 2 units. They have left the Indegogo scene, without a trace or notification by way of regular emails, like some others who have also disappeared without fulfilling the pledges with rewards of a fully working sample. The Delivery date was to have been April 2015, but rumors are that they have had problems manufacturing and more rumors say the date has been pushed back to October 2015. In Indegogo it's not uncommon for projects to disappear altogether, unlike Kickstarter, which seems more responsible. I still hope for the best, but it's not looking good. Mario.

  • motasucks·

    Yes I too have waited 2yrs pre-ordered.Mota has my money. No ring. excuses of blame on Faa the Cia everything but themselves. I too thing the stole customers money and are not sending anything. fraud is a crime. if they do send something it probably wil not work or be too big and clucky to wear everday. I have no hope of every  see the smartring but mota stole our money and empty promises!!##

  • pdj·

    I invested December of '14. It is nigh unto impossible to get any response from them. In August of '15 they said there had been delays but would ship in late August. Here is is 6 months later and still no sign of a ring or hope of it coming. I've sent another email and will continue to hound them. It is shocking that they are STILL selling them on the Mota website!

    Looking more and more like a scam!

  • IowaCityLiving·

    I've had to file suit against MOTA to get my money back for this scam project from Indiegogo. Their latest promise on Indiegogo was Feb 2016, then on their own site it read April 2016, now rumors say MAYBE 3rd quarter 2016. Enough MOTA. Their stories on production have changed, they go silent for 6 months at a time, they refuse to respond to communication unless court ordered...never, ever again will I buy MOTA, ever.