Michael Fisher, formerly of Pocketnow, was smitten with a certain “intelligent object” the moment he first set his eyes on it. He wanted one of these things for over a year. He pre-ordered one today. Now, you can, too.
Monohm has taken the Runcible, “a smart pocket watch for the post-smartphone era” to crowdfunding site Indiegogo with a goal of raising $250,000 in 15 days. As of this post, the fund is close to 20 percent of that line with the help of 113 backers.
Monohm aims to have the production workflow be locally-sourced and locally-based around Northern California. The wood for the Runcible is sourced from a sustainable tree farm in Mendocino County.
Most of the specs are “locked down,” but some are subject to change. One of them already changed and that’s the software. Instead of Firefox OS which has been deprecated for mobile purposes, the device will run a custom skin of Android 5.1, meant to keep your eyes off the device and in real life. LTE will apparently be a huge challenge for the Runcible.
|Screen size||2.5 inches|
|Resolution||640 x 640|
|Pixel density||254 ppi|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410|
|Camera||7-meagpixel rear camera (up to 13 megapixels for "hackers")|
|OS||BuniOS on Android 5.1|
|Ports||USB 2.0 / headphone jack / 2x BLSP|
For $399 plus shipping, you can get the Babbage model, a full-spec device with a plastic back with material sourced from the Great Pacific garbage patch. $499 gets you the Lovelace model with that locally-sourced wood, though there’s a limit of 500 available for pre-order. Both products should ship around September.
Both the hardware and software for the Runcible will be open source.