Canadian Startup Neptune Launches Pine Smartwatch on Kickstarter with Great Success

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

UPDATE: The Neptune Pine has met its Kickstarter goal and raised $801,224 from 2,839 backers.

Techvibes first covered Pine, a fully featured smartwatch built by Montreal's Neptune, back in January. At the time, the watch wasn't ready to ship and its price tag was pegged at a steep $400.

Now the Pine has launched on Kickstarter, ready to ship and with a lower price of $335, with preorder pricing as low as $199—or at least, there was pricing that low: the Canadian startup's crowdfunding campaign has gotten off to such a good start that within a couple days, all 500 of the early adopter Pines in the 16GB size sold out. Four days in, 1,000 backers have pledged $250,000 toward Neptune's $100,000 goal.

Neptune describes its wearable device as "he definitive all-in-one smartwatch," offering voice calls, video chat, a full keyboard, and GPS.

"The Pine is the only device you'll ever need," the company says, emphasizing that it's not a complementary device to a smartphone. "It's really the top of the food chain when it comes to smartwatches, packing more features than any wrist-worn device out there, without the need to keep your smartphone nearby."

Neptune was founded by Simon Tian, a 19-year-old entrepreneur from Montreal.

Last year, Eric Migicovsky, another young Canadian entrepreneur, used Kickstarter to raise a record-shattering $10 million for his smartwatch, the Pebble.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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