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Ditto Notification Wearable

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If you feel anxious whenever you don’t have your cell phone handy, we have a message for you: Ditto. Ditto is a tiny, lightweight wearable that vibrates when you receive important texts, calls, or emails.

Clip Ditto anywhere on your clothes, or wear it like a watch with the Ditto Clip, and you’ll stay connected without needing
your phone.

And don’t worry: it won’t be vibrating constantly. You tell Ditto which senders are important, and which to ignore, with the Ditto app. You can even set different kinds of alerts for different senders or types of communications.

Ditto also informs you—via its “tether mode”—if you're too far away from your phone. That’s good news for those of you (us) prone to leaving devices at coffee shops.

Powered by a watch battery, Ditto doesn’t need to be charged. It’s waterproof, so you can even get alerts during a swim. You can also set a personal wake-up “call,” which won’t disturb others.

Stay connected hands-free . . . and phone-free.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • James
    James

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Ditto to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 11:56 AM

    Why is this a device people should look into?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 11:59 AM

    Ditto was designed to improve your life. It’s a product inspired by the loved ones around you that demand and deserve your full attention. Ditto is much more than a notification device, it’s a sign of respect when you’re sharing coffee with a friend. It’s the gate keeper to your precious time and attention. It’s first thing you put on in the morning, and the last thing you take off at night. Ditto was designed for you.

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 11:59 AM

    Ditto is also much more than an impulse buy. It’s a platform through which we can improve and enhance the way you use your smartphones for years to come. We spent a good portion of our development time on making Ditto an updatable product; meaning, your Ditto will always work! We have a beautifully simple technology built into both the Ditto and the App that allows you to wirelessly update your Ditto to the latest software available. This allows us to publish bug fixes, small changes, major changes, and even new features! This is the definition of a disruptive advancement, especially at a $39.95 price point.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 12:00 PM

    Was developing a business around it an ‘aha’ moment or more of a gradual process?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 12:00 PM

    Products and business go hand and hand. You can’t have one without the other. When we came up with the concept for Ditto, it quickly occurred to us that countless other people could benefit from such a simple, easy to use device. The obvious next step was to go ahead and make it a reality and see how the market would react. Kickstarter was the vehicle through which we tested and validated the products concept, and here we are now! The product is ready, we’re shipping and people are buying. It’s truly a beautiful process.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 12:00 PM

    Were there any challenges you faced in bringing the product to life?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 12:01 PM

    Countless… Where to begin? Developing products in general is not for the faint of heart. Whether it be a Ditto, a keyboard, or even a shower curtain, every product has its challenges.

    At first glance, Ditto is a pretty straightforward product. No buttons, switches, screens, etc. But the technology that drives Ditto is actually quite complex. Creating and actually manufacturing a hardware device of Ditto’s size, beauty, capability and low cost (high value) was not easy. Receiving and submitting notifications to Ditto on both iOS and Android platforms reliably is without a doubt the biggest challenge we face. The good news is that we are reliable, extremely reliable, and we continue to focus on further improving Ditto’s overall performance.

  • Arthur
    Arthur
    9/3/2015 12:29 PM

    Will this work with the iPhone 6+?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 1:23 PM

    @Arthur Yes, Ditto is compatible with iPhone 6+.

    For Apple devices, Ditto is compatible with iPhone 5 and above.

    For Android devices, Ditto is compatible with Android systems 4.4 and above.

  • Joan
    Joan
    9/3/2015 12:32 PM

    Will it only interact with a phone? Is there a way to create an interaction with other objects?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 1:31 PM

    @Joan

    At this time, Ditto is designed to only work with smartphones that have Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capabilities. This includes iPhone 5 and above, as well as most of the latest Android devices.

  • Beverly
    Beverly
    9/3/2015 12:35 PM

    Will this be available for Windows phones?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:07 PM

    @Beverly

    Unfortunately at this time, Ditto is only compatible with Android and Apple devices.

  • Virginia
    Virginia
    9/3/2015 12:37 PM

    How far away can your cell phone be?

  • Joshua
    Joshua
    9/3/2015 1:26 PM

    @Virginia This has to be a BT device so max range of 30 feet.

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 1:39 PM

    @Joshua @Virginia

    In common indoor environments, Ditto will recognize your phone in a range from 25-35 feet, which is the average range for Bluetooth devices. However, this range changes depending on one's surroundings. In very open environments, for example, we have successfully tested Ditto recognition for over 100 feet.

  • Abraham
    Abraham
    9/3/2015 12:38 PM

    I was part of the kickstarter launch and received my Ditto a couple weeks ago. My battery only lasted 3 weeks. The product states 4-6 month battery life. Does the Grommet stand behind the 4-6 month battery life promised?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:04 PM

    @Abraham

    The battery life is very much dependent on one's use. If one uses Ditto very heavily - i.e., sets long vibration patterns for every notification, sets many alarms - the battery will deplete more rapidly.

    For what we consider average use, which involves the use of different filters for different notifications, the battery should indeed last many months.

    If you feel like you have more questions about your specific case, feel free to reach out to us as [email protected] and we will be happy to resolve your issue!

  • Abraham
    Abraham
    9/3/2015 3:08 PM

    @James Thanks for the comment James. I didn't use it that much and only had notifications for text and calls (which have maybe 15/day)...as well had it sleep from 11pm - 7am (therefore no vibration). The batteries are pretty cheap, but I don't want to have to replace it once a month! $3/battery x 12 months = $36 maintenance per year...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 6:41 PM

    Hi Abraham, maybe eliminate the vibration completely or use it even more sparingly than you previously did for a longer lifespan. You're just too darn popular! This way, you can be really selective about who reaches your Ditto ;)

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    9/3/2015 1:07 PM

    What is the range of the Ditto? How close do you need to be to your phone? What phones and/or OS's does it work with?

  • Joshua
    Joshua
    9/3/2015 1:26 PM

    @Sarah This has to be a BT device so max range of 30 feet.

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 1:41 PM

    @ Sarah @Joshua

    In common indoor environments, Ditto will recognize your phone in a range from 25-35 feet, which is the average range for Bluetooth devices. However, this range changes depending on one's surroundings. In very open environments, for example, we have successfully tested Ditto recognition for over 100 feet.

    For Apple devices, Ditto is compatible with iPhone 5 and above (running iOS 8.4+).

    For Android devices, Ditto is compatible with Android systems 4.4 and above. They also need to be Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) compatible.

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth
    9/3/2015 1:14 PM

    Does this require any service other than what is already available on one's Android phone?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:11 PM

    @Kenneth

    Hey there Kenneth,

    This works with Android phones that are running system versions 4.4 and above. The phone also needs to have Bluetooth Low Energy technology, which is included in the majority of recent Android phones.

    To give you an idea of the most common compatible devices (just a sample, this list does not include all): Samsung Galaxy S4 and above, Samsung Note 3 and above, Nexus 4 and above, HTC One M8 and above

  • Kristi
    Kristi
    9/3/2015 1:30 PM

    Hi what is the range? It says you can be in another room..I assume this works off of Bluetooth.

  • Kristi
    Kristi
    9/3/2015 1:32 PM

    @Kristi

  • Kristi
    Kristi
    9/3/2015 1:32 PM

    @Kristi sorry Just saw Joshua reply

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    9/3/2015 1:36 PM

    I would love to give this to a loved one as a gift -- but she has two cell phones (one work, one personal, both iPhones). Can you set up one Ditto to work with two phones?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:16 PM

    @Lynn

    Hey Lynn,

    At this time, to keep Ditto's function simple and most user-friendly, Ditto can only be paired to one phone at a time.

  • Chuck
    Chuck
    9/3/2015 1:48 PM

    Can it be set to link with a Bluetooth flip phone and simply buzz anytime there is a call or text (without using an app on the phone?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:32 PM

    @Chuck

    Hi Chuck,

    Unfortunately, you do need to set up the app on your phone in order to connect with Ditto. This allows you to customize the vibration patterns for your various notifications (calls, texts, etc).

  • joyce
    joyce
    9/3/2015 1:53 PM

    I love this idea! Going to dinner & not seeing EVERYONE on their phones. What a concept! Will it work if your phone is OFF?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:34 PM

    @joyce

    Hey Joyce,

    Your phone does indeed need to be turned on such that Ditto can remain connected via Bluetooth.

  • Fran
    Fran
    9/3/2015 1:57 PM

    Hello James,

    Ditto sounds like it might really be a help to me. I'm wondering what happens if a call comes in when I happen to be out of range. Would there be a signal from Ditto when I get back within range?

    Thanks!

    Fran

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:44 PM

    @Fran

    Hi Fran,

    Unfortunately no. Ditto receives notifications only in real-time: it receives notifications at the same time your phone receives the notifications.

    This helps maintain the simplicity of the product. Imagine you left your phone's range for an entire day, and receives many texts, calls and e-mails during that period of time. When you return into range, you probably do not want Ditto buzzing for 5 minutes straight!

  • Tina
    Tina
    9/3/2015 2:00 PM

    As a follow up to Abraham's question regarding the battery - is Ditto rechargeable or do you replace the battery or once the battery goes so goes the Ditto?

  • Abraham
    Abraham
    9/3/2015 2:02 PM

    @Tina Not rechargeable. It has a button battery.

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 2:55 PM

    @Tina

    Ditto is not rechargeable. Once the battery runs down after it's 4-6 month life, you do need to purchase a new battery, which is easy to order online.

    Ditto uses a CR1632 Lithium battery. One battery will cost an average of $3 (but obviously, buying them in a pack tends to be better value).

  • Angela
    Angela
    9/3/2015 2:31 PM

    Hi James, I am excited to try this. Thanks for the insight. I was an early investor in Pebble, use an Apple Watch with a VIP List and this really is what I am looking for.

    Question: does this in anyway relate to the settings on the iPhone (6+)? For example, if the phone is made silent, no vibrate, does this device still vibrate? and does it have it's own profile for silent?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 3:04 PM

    @Angela

    Glad to hear you're excited! When the phone is made silent (no vibrate), Ditto will still vibrate. This allows Ditto users to keep their phone on silent in a variety of situations (meetings, shows) while still allowing the user to be aware of their desired notifications.

    Ditto does work in sync with the Do Not Disturb (DND) function on Apple devices. So, if you have DND enabled on your phone for a period of time, Ditto will not vibrate during this time.

    You can always also simply disconnect from Ditto when you don't want to receive notifications, and easily reconnect later.

  • Zima
    Zima
    9/3/2015 3:25 PM

    Hi! I see this product as a GREAT help for those who can NOT hear our iPhones while it rings due to hard of HEARING. It solves the problem by FEEL on my SKIN, and is a safe, light and easy to attach to wrist,outside purse. Besides it great when a unwanted noise, breaks up a doctors office visit, too! Thank you,SO much!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 4:00 PM

    Glad to hear it, Zima! Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • Virginia
    Virginia
    9/3/2015 4:49 PM

    @Mike I have an iPhone 6. When the new phones come out (as they do regularly), will this work on them?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 5:11 PM

    Since it connects via Bluetooth, you shouldn't have a problem with that, Virginia!

  • Kenneth
    Kenneth
    9/3/2015 3:25 PM

    Could you explain the tether mode? MY WIFE CAN MISPLACE HER PHONE IN 5 MINUTES. Letting her know right away she left in the car, or kitchen etc would be wonderful. Ken

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 4:30 PM

    @Kenneth

    Hey Kenneth-

    Great question. When Ditto leaves the Bluetooth range and stays out of Bluetooth range for at least 30 seconds, the tether vibration goes off. The default vibration pattern for the tether is four vibrations, but the user can customize this pattern.

    So, if your wife leaves her phone in her car and walks into her office leaving Bluetooth range, the tether vibration will go off.

    The reason for the 30 second delay is to minimize the amount of "false" tethers going off when a user is still around their phone and leaves their phone's range for just a few moments, only to return into range. The user can also change this delay option from 30 seconds to 1 minute, 2 minutes, or 4 minutes. While 30 seconds, is currently the shortest delay option, due to popular user demand we will likely incorporate an even shorter delay option of 15 or 20 seconds in a future app update.

  • Robert
    Robert
    9/3/2015 3:28 PM

    How hard is it to replace the battery? Do you need any special tools?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    9/3/2015 4:14 PM

    @Robert

    Hey Robert -

    No, replacing the battery is incredibly easy. You can simple pop the battery out using a household object such as a toothpick, or the point of a ballpoint pen. You then simply place in the new battery.

    This video perfectly illustrates the simple battery replacement process.

  • Janet
    Janet
    9/3/2015 3:43 PM

    Presuming electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation is a health concern, does the Ditto have a lower EMF than a cell phone?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 5:14 PM

    Much lower, Janet! It transmits at a fraction of the power of a cell phone!

  • Donna
    Donna
    9/3/2015 7:12 PM

    this is what I've been looking for, I always forget to turn my ringer back on when I leave work, the other night my family tried to reach me about my mother and I had my ringer off, now I won't have to worry about it, I'll attach it my glasses if I have to, thank you so much, can't wait for it to arrive.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/3/2015 7:56 PM

    Glad to hear it, Donna! Enjoy!

  • Neil
    Neil
    9/3/2015 8:24 PM

    Does the wrist strap come with it or does it have to be purchased separately and if so where?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/4/2015 9:41 AM

    Hi Neil, it sure does! It is blue on one side and black on the other.

  • James
    James
    9/3/2015 8:55 PM

    I have a Sony Xperia Dual with Anroid 4.1.1, could this possibly work on my phone? I'm not sure it can upgrade to Android 4.4+. This is a great device because of noisy environments, or a thick coat over your phone.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/4/2015 9:58 AM

    Hi James, if your phone is Bluetooth Smart Ready, you are in business. Because your phone is a 4.1.1. and not 4.4, there might be an app you can download to create a Bluetooth Smart Ready connection. Check out your app store!

  • Art
    Art
    9/3/2015 11:51 PM

    On my phone, I use 3 different email packages. Can Ditto be set up to work with all 3?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/4/2015 10:01 AM

    Hi Art, you should be good to go. You will end up selecting individuals from those three email addresses to get those notifications. Ditto essentially works as a filter for your notifications so if your phone gets them, you can choose to get them on the Ditto.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.