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cookoo smartphone watch launched on Kickstarter

Sections: iDevice Accessories, iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

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Now granted, there’s nothing I love more than staring into illuminated rectangles of technology. And lucky man that I am, it’s what I spend most of my day doing! But sometimes, when forced to interact with humanity, it can be difficult to go about your day and be constantly up-to-date about what your phone, which I think we can agree is far more interesting than what your average person is doing.

Peter Hauser evidentially agrees with me, which is why he’s designed the cookoo, a Bluetooth-enabled watch that integrates with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android phone to send you notifications. Using a user-controlled notification app, you can tell it to beep when you have a call, a text/email/Facebook message, and other events. The video also claims you’ll be able to use the watch’s interface to update things like Foursquare with your location.The project is looking to raise $150,000 in the next 45 days. The first 250 backers at the $50 level get a first edition cookoo (which will retail for $99), and there’s an unlimited version available for $80, along with more expensive limited editions.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, a crowdsourced fundraising site, it works like this; you decide if you want to fund a product, and choose your backer level and dollar amount. If the product reaches its funding goal, you pay that price. If the project doesn’t meet its minimum goal, you pay nothing.

For this particular campaign, Hauser has produced a promotional video giving examples of how the device will work, which you can find on his Kickstarter page.

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