It was supposed to become the cheapest 3D printer in history: the MOTA 3D desktop printer. This year’s July, it entered Kickstarter where the company offered their 3D printers for only 99 dollars – for the first 50 backers. The Micro by M3D, which had been the cheapest 3D printer until then, was offered to the first group of backers for still double as much; 199 dollars. However, just as spectacular as their pricing, the company decided to leave Kickstarter after a single day. After some months of silence, the company is back with another revolutionary product, a SmartRing.
It doesn’t happen too often that a Kickstarter campaign is so successful that it almost gets funded in a single day. MOTA knows all about it, as it only took a day and some hours for their desktop 3D printer to raise as much as 64,000 dollars of their goal of 100,000 dollars. But then – out of nowhere – the company decided to pull the plug on their campaign, leaving Kickstarter empty-handed with a note that stated it was the company’s aim to provide for the best possible technology: “We don’t want to promise something that cannot be delivered, or whose quality is anywhere below outstanding, and the fact of the matter is that delivering this high standard of quality would cost a premium.”
Creating a high-quality 3D printer and bringing it to the market for less than a 100 dollars, seemed to be a bridge too far for MOTA. However, their departure from Kickstarter in July did not mean the staff was able to go on a long holiday. They kept on working and three weeks ago MOTA came back with a completely different device: a SmartRing that’s connected to one’s smartphone. You can decide which notifications to be pushed through the ring. The general idea behind the device is that people don’t have to check their mobile phones every second: one of most ridiculous characteristics of our days.
While Apple still hasn’t released the Apple Watch, the MOTA team managed to create something that’s even smaller and that might arguably even be more handy. Well, Kickstarter probably didn’t dare to jump into the fire again, so MOTA’s current campaign is on IndieGoGo. The campaign is not as over-succesful as their first one, but they came a long way already. With 11 days to go, their campaign already raised more than 83,000 dollars (of the required 100,000 dollars). Check out a video of the promising project below and – well – put away your phone:
Image credits: MOTA.