Three years ago entrepreneur Matt Sandy launched Medea, a vodka that comes in a programmable LED bottle. Sandy’s latest project is similar in that it lets users send a message in dramatic fashion.
Capitalizing on the growing trend for wearable smart devices, Sandy and his partners Colin Glaum and Tim Goldburt have started a Kickstarter for LinkMe, the first wearable LED billboard for your wrist. The bracelet works wireless with an app on your smartphone making sure that only the messages you want, from any online source including Facebook and Twitter, get through directly to you.
The founders conceived LinkMe as a way for a friend/loved one to stay in touch and send special messages direct from a smart phone to your wrist. There are also other applications including use at concerts or stadiums, for charitable causes, or for safety/security.
Following his MBA from Columbia University, Matt has built high-tech start ups commercializing innovative technologies over the past ten years. Colin has served as the creative director of several leadings firms (OgilvyAction, Rapp Collins, Young & Rubicam), while Tim is a veteran scientist/inventor with over thirty years of expertise in display technologies and over fifty patents.
Matt tells Pursuitist the bracelet is made out of high carbon plastic to give it a luxury feel. It charges via USB and also comes with an AC adapter. It is waterproof. The default LED is red and there is also a blue limited edition available. Future plans include multicolor and more colors. If the Kickstarter campaign is a success, LinkMe will be offered for retail sale.
The team is hoping to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter and a pledge of $99 gets you a LinkMe band when they ship later this year if they achieve their Kickstarter goal. When they are available for retail sale they will be $149 each for the basic model so the Kickstarter is essentially a discount in advance. More details at the LinkMe Kickstarter page.