Canadian Watch Hopes to Match Pebble's Kickstarter Success

by Rob Lewis | Business

What's up with Canadian watch technology and KickStarter?

Pebble's legendary Kickstarter campaign wrapped up with the company raising a staggering $10,168,645 from 66,613 backers. Tripling the previous record for the most money ever raised from a Kickstarter campaign, Canadian-born Allerta made history.

Now Vancouver-based MIO and their ALPHA project is getting some similar early traction.

MIO Founder Liz Dickinson wants ALPHA to be the world's first strapless heart rate watch that you don't have to touch that is accurate at speeds as fast as 20 km/h. Dickinson started raising funds on Kickstarter one week ago and have already raised over $80K from 423 backers.

ALPHA's pace doesn't compare to Pebble's—in two days Pebble had $2 million pledged from more than 14,400 backers—but it is impressive nonetheless.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Allerta is a brand new consumer electronics design firm, focused solely on creating cutting edge mobile accessories that mesh perfectly with smartphones and a mobile lifestyle. Allerta recognizes the emerging prominence of smartphones, specifically as an increasingly common, portable gateway to the internet and aims to design useful products that leverage this ‘always-on’ connection. Allerta’s... more

Mio Global
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

We believe that with a little assistance and motivation everyone can achieve a healthy lifestyle and their fitness goals. Our goal is to provide you with the finest health and fitness technologies to allow you to achieve your goals. By being pioneers in field of Heart Rate Monitoring and by creating the most innovative devices for you we believe we can be increase the quality of life and... more

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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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