For me, Kickstarter represents empowerment. The founder/inventor is finally capable of delivering their creation without inhibition. You don’t have to solicit investors, give away large chunks of equity, and your idea is instantly validated (or invalidated) in a lean way. You can connect directly with your market and early adopters to make quick positive change before releasing a product. You give your friends and family a powerfully simple way to demonstrate their support for your entrepreneurship. These are just a few of the many reasons why Kickstarter is great for everyone involved.
This is precisely why I’m extremely proud to announce that my next venture, WeBoard, is officially launching on Kickstarter. Ever since I got my first wearable (Samsung Gear) I was enamored by what it’s capable of and what it represents. The entrepreneur side of me saw its limitations and what possibly was holding it back from its true potential. Every time I found myself saying, “this is cool but, I wish it did this.” it would come back to two challenges:
- Screen Size
- Ability to Interact
The screen size will always be limited on a wearable, so the best thing you can do is adjust the way we interact with them. Apple recognized this ingeniously, introducing two great new technologies with the Digital Crown and Force Touch. Even though these technologies have opened the door for more meaningful interaction on wearables, I still felt it was missing something. Apple Watch (like Android Wear) also depends heavily on voice input for interaction, which significantly reduces your privacy and therefore, inhibiting your interaction with the device. Like any good entrepreneur, I saw this limitation as an opportunity which is where I came up with the idea for WeBoard.
WeBoard uses the sensors built into wearables to logically present a customizable and familiar keyboard while utilizing a small portion of the screen. This would allow you to interact on a number of levels more meaningfully. The way it works is simple. Your wrist is a very stable, though flexible part of your body. The movements it makes are calculated, deliberate, and precise.
For example, by using sensors to measure these movements, WeBoard could provide data presentation such as:
and then with a slight wrist movement upward/downward it would change to the next set of keys:
and then you could quickly switch back with a small movement again.
Or emojis, or menu items, or whatever the technology is adapted to.
You can type as you normally would (As in what? What’s normal? Moving your wrist to type is not normal and unknown You need to elaborate). You’d be able to respond to text messages from your wrist without shouting at it, quickly respond to important e-mails, or execute a variety of other tasks. My goal is to make the best input method for wearables. I’m confident this can be achieved with WeBoard and its associated technology.
I sincerely appreciate you following my entrepreneurial journey and I look forward to the day when you’re able to experience WeBoard on your next wearable. Thank you for your support and feedback on the project!