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Gecko Gets 7,500 Pre-Orders; More Connected Devices In The Works

Bangalore-based Connovate Technology has raised $135,410 from Indiegogo to build Gecko bluetooth tags that will let people control and spot various objects around you using a smartphone. It has received pre-orders for over 7,500 devices till now through the service and more than 40 retailers from around the world have approached them to sell their product. Gecko works like Tile on steroids; apart from keeping track of a device, it can also be used to trigger camera, change music using gestures, motion detection, smart leash, among other features. Connovate COO Kirankumar Rajarao said that most of the pre-orders were from US, followed by UK and Germany. "Around 500 devices were ordered from India and we even received orders from Croatia and Cyprus. Overall people from 68 countries ordered the device," Rajarao said. The device got a big boost when Steve Wozniak posted a tweet praising it. Connovate hasn't raised funding from anyone else and the team has been working on this device since November last year. During the crowdfunding phase, the devices were being sold in packs to two priced at $40, however once it finish shipping these orders it will available through the company's website at a higher price tag. It will also be available in retail. "We have got commitments from several Indian e-commerce retailers too and we'll approach them again with a new price tag very soon. The device will be priced in such a way that there is enough margin for them and us," Rajarao said. Bluetooth…

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