The Nex Band was here one day and gone the next.
According to Techvibes’ Jacob Serebrin, the modular wristband’s crowdfunding campaign inexplicably vanished after it launched on Indiegogo Monday, and promptly solicited up to $10,000 from crowdfunders.
Now the page where the crowdfunding campaign was supposed to be simply reads “‘The Nex Band – World’s First Modular Smartband’ is currently being updated. Please check back later and show your support.”
Nex was being marketed as the “hackable modular smartband,” where users could “hack the band in just seconds,” creating their own uses for each of the five buttons. Five touch-sensitive programmable buttons allow the user to manage devices, apps, and notifications. The Early Bird Special perk on Nex’s campaign went for US $89 + shipping.
When asked for further information, the company’s PR agency – which had been promoting the campaign to media just days before – said they wouldn’t talk unless Techvibes agreed not to publish an article.
However, they said the company will continue to pre-sell the Nex Band through its own website.
It’s unclear what may have gone wrong. Indiegogo says the campaign was taken down at the request of Mighty Cast, who wanted more time to prepare, and that a relaunch is expected later this month.
-Jacob Serebrin, Techvibes
Whatever did happen with the Nex Band, it must have been something significant. Founder Adam Adelman is known to be a jovial CEO with a strong appetite to create things that people will enjoy, so the news comes as unexpected, to say the least.
Despite the abrupt end to the crowdfunding campaign, wrote Serebrin, the company says it still plans to ship the devices to customers later this spring.
The product was originally marketed towards pre-teens and “tweens” when it first came to fruition back in 2013, but as Adelman told Serebrin that along the way “the company had to develop and entirely new product.” This likely referred to a pivot of sorts for Nex Band.
The Nex band does have some very interesting capabilities. Users can open garage doors, control music, turn on lights, send emails, start kitchen appliances, take pictures, and more. Less impressively, it can create a custom light animation any time friends call or message, or create a celebratory light show every time a favourite team scores a goal or wins a game.
The amount of uses for the Nex Band is not just limited to the above: the list goes on, including using Mods as sensors, gaming and lots more.