Smartphones do many things. But it’s easy to become a slave to them. Ditto is a wearable that aims to lessen the chances of that happening. Coined the “universal notifier,” this is a tiny, lightweight device that vibrates when you receive important texts, calls, or emails, allowing you to go hands-free.
Ditto comes from a California based mobile technology company called Simple Matters. To fund product development, they launched a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014 and successfully raised $129,000 from 2002 backers.
This stylish wearable clips onto clothing, a jean pocket, on a strap, or on a band like a watch (with the Ditto Clip). It connects via Bluetooth to buzz through custom-set vibrations when your phone receives a call, message or other notifications. The design is minimalist – there are no buttons to push, cables to get tangled in, or displays to look at.
To avoid being hassled by unimportant calls and messages, Ditto lets you choose which users to ignore and which to prioritise. You can even customise the vibrations. For example set one buzz for your daughter, two buzzes for your friend Jake, and so on. Now you can stop missing calls or messages because you didn’t hear your phone ring or feel it vibrate because it was in your purse, or left on mute while being charged.
The device also serves as a silent alarm in the morning. This is great for waking up without disturbing your partner, remembering a parking meter, or something else important. The device will also vibrate to notify you if you left your phone at home, in the office, at a cafe, etc.
Ditto is probably not for everyone. We can see that it would be very useful in a work setting, particularly those who work with their hands, or for those who receive many calls and notifications. Also customers with unique needs, such as the deaf and hard of hearing communities, or anyone who has trouble hearing their phone would find such a gadget extremely useful.
The product comes in three different colours—black, white, and clear—and is completely waterproof. Powered by a watch battery, Ditto doesn’t need to be charged.
Check out the video below for a closer look at the wearable.