Over the past week Canonical has been running an crowd fusing campaign for their new Ubuntu Edge smartphone over on the Indigogo website, but today unfortunately it has come to an end $19 million short of its required $32 million target.
But even though the project failed to raise all its required cash it has broken a few records along the way and raised just over $12.8 million beating the previous crowding funding record set by the Pebble smartwatch on the Kickstarter website last year. Founder of Canonical Mark Shuttleworth explained:
“The campaign has sparked a level of interest that has surprised even us,” he said, adding that it had seized the attention not only of phone enthusiasts but innovators and futurists as well as manufacturers. He added that some large manufacturers had come “out of the woodwork”
The Ubuntu Edge project initially took of with a blast and raised over $7 million in the first week but after the initial pledges were placed the project look doubtful to makes it goal after the second week.
The Ubuntu Edge project aimed to provide a low-volume, high-technology platform, crowdfunded by enthusiasts and mobile computing professionals and was hoped to be a pioneering project that accelerated the adoption of new technologies and drives them down into the mainstream. Watch the video below to learn more.