You've had this feeling: You pick up a smartwatch (Apple Watch, Android Wear smartwatch, Pebble, etc.) and you want to use a different wristband than the ones that come in the box. You've selected metal, rubber, or some other material (even one of the Apple Watch's new Nylon bands), but suddenly, you feel as if your smartwatch bands are only as good as what the watch's manufacturer(s) gives. You want something different, a material for your wristband that doesn't match what most consumers have available. You want your smartwatch to stand out from the crowd.
Ottm's founder Mark Adams has been in the same situation, asking himself the same question. He stumbled upon a solution: why not create wristbands inspired by nature? The result of this question led to the creation of the Ottm Wood Bands, wristbands for your smartwatch that are made of different types of wood -- the wood you see outdoors in nature.
Ottm has three Wood Bands available: 1) Sandal Wood, 2) Maple Wood, and Zebra Wood. Each of these different types of wood has a different color and different texture, but each is designed to not only connect you to nature but to bring nature to your fingertips so that each time you touch your wristband, you'll feel that you've grabbed nature in the palm of your hand. These wristbands are certainly a unique take on expression, but you have to ask the question: are these wristbands element-resistant? It's the same question Moto X buyers had to ask themselves when Motorola brought certain wood backs to its MotoMaker software for device customization. Wood bands may look elegant and unique out of the box, but will they hold up over time? If you're interested in wearing your device and wristband for a long time, you may want to make sure that you purchase wristbands that are durable and will last. We don't know whether these wood bands will hold up, and we won't know until they arrive on the market. So, you're taking a gamble here, though we know that some see the unique materials as a reason to take advantage of this offer.
Ottm is currently funding this project by way of Indiegogo, where it is asking consumers for pledges to bring this project to market. You can choose the $39, Zebrawood "Early Bird" special, the $25 Early Bird Maple Wood, $35 Maple, $49 Sandal Wood Early Bird, $55 Zebrawood, $65 Sandalwood, $99 Early Bird Bundle (get all 3), $129 bundle, and the $459 5-pack bundle. The Ottm Wood Bands are expected to ship between June and July 2016.