So you take a phone with a perfectly good vibration notification in it, and pair it to a device which vibrates to notify you that the phone has received a call or a message, thus giving you two devices which do *exactly the same thing*? Neil.
Neil sent me a link to the Ditto Kickstarter page along with the above comment and I could not disagree more with him.
We shall start by looking at what we get; battery life which is measured in months and which requires the replacement of a watch battery, a pledge price of only $29 for a device which mimics a significant feature of smart watches and it's also waterproof and very discreet. It appears to me that a great deal of care has been put in to understanding the advantages a product like this can bring, which is demonstrated in the text below-
Smartphones do so many things. But it’s easy to become a slave to them. We created Ditto as a kind of anti-gadget – something to free people from worrying about their smartphones and to be more present in life.
We made Ditto as simple as possible, because at Simple Matters, we believe that, well, simple matters. So we went to a whole lot of trouble taking things out of Ditto.
Just wear Ditto close to your body and don't worry about checking your phone every 10 minutes. You'll feel it vibrate when someone you've chosen as important is trying to reach you. 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.
Use the free app to create Favorites, so only those people you designate will get through. You can also customize vibrations for particular people. The electronic tether will cause Ditto to vibrate when you've left your phone at home, in the office, at a cafe, etc. And Ditto's alarms are great for waking up without disturbing your partner, remembering a parking meter, or something else important.
I wrote previously about how hard a sell smart watches and more complicated wearables could be, but I am struggling to see the downsides in this one if your main requirement is discreet notifications and alarms. Seriously, I can't see a downside here.