About this project
Meet MK3, a '5-in-1 Outdoor Smart Gadget' to make your outdoor life more convenient. It includes walkie-talkie via smartphone Bluetooth paring, Emergency button, Bluetooth speaker, LED light, and a Stylus pen. Whether you’re climbing, hiking, fishing, or camping, the MK3 will help you enjoy your all the outdoor activities and keep your smartphone safe.
Using a smartphone in the exciting outdoor has a lot of risk. For example, a smartphone can be dropped on a rock and broken or be dropped into water and ruined. MK3 can solve this problem very easily.
MK3 is very easy to use. Once you connect the MK3 to your smartphone via Bluetooth, the setup is complete. Then you can keep your valuable smartphone safe in your bag. Now you can talk to your friends more conveniently with MK3. When you receive an incoming call, you simply press the button once. While talking on the phone, you can do whatever you want with your two hands.
MK3 helps people to communicate easily while enjoying in various outdoor activities with friends and family. MK3 provides multi-communication through mobile app. In case some friends and family are too far, or even home, you can communicate through telecommunication network with them. Like a professional explorer, you can enjoy a real walkie-talkie by pressing the button to talk.
- Emergency button to send emergency messages and GPS information to the selected numbers in your smartphone.
Outdoor activities are often at risk as you can get lost or be wounded. With one ‘Emergency button’, even young children can easily request SOS for emergency or urgent situation. After pressing the button, it informs the selected people in the smartphone through mobile app with current SOS message and GPS location.
If you want to listen to music, you don’t have to carry around your portable speakers for your outdoor activities. The MK3 can function as a speaker by connecting through Bluetooth pairing.
When you have to receive an incoming call or a walkie-talkie in the middle of listening to music, MK3 stops the playback and switches to communication mode automatically.
While you enjoy outdoor activities, you may want to go camping at night and exploring dark caves. With MK3’s LED light, you can feel safe in dark places.
The brightness of the LED is 150 lumens. It is much brighter than LED light of regular smartphone. In addition, it can be used up to 24 hours if only LED is used.
You may have experienced inconvenience in outdoor activities during winter. It is very difficult to use your smartphone when you wear thick gloves. In this case, using a stylus pen at the bottom of the MK3 allows you to use your smartphone conveniently. You can receive your calls or write messages without taking off your gloves.
When you enjoy outdoor activities with MK3, you may be exposed to rain or snow, depending on weather conditions. Furthermore, you may drop it when you cross a puddle of water or river during your activity. To protect from these kinds of situations, MK3 has waterproof function and durability.
The MK3 is designed for IP67 rating certification. When you use MK3, you don’t have to worry about dropping MK3 in a little water, as well as rain and snow. However, it should not be immersed in water.
Spare buttons will be made available in a variety of ways such as taking a picture with your smartphone. These buttons will be able to bring more convenience to the users when the product is completed.
My team members and I love outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and surfing. My leisure time is frequently occupied with such outdoor activities and I often watched many people using their smartphones around me while enjoying these activities. They repeatedly take out their smartphones to take pictures, send SMS message, or other various actions.
One day when I was on the mountain during the winter climbing, my phone was ringing. I was frustrated when I had to take off my thick gloves in order to take my smartphone out of my pocket. MK3 is designed to simply avoid this inconvenience and be able to use smartphones without taking off thick gloves during the activity. I also wanted to improve communication so that team members and I can talk to each other. In the process of developing this idea, I came across the two factors which were ‘outdoor’ and ‘walkie-talkie’. As a result, I added speaker and an LED light features into MK3 in the form of walkie-talkie.
We have also been successful in crowdfunding in South Korea with MK1, a previous version of MK3. From the initial crowdfunding experience, we are ready to make this project as seamless as possible to successfully execute the plan.
We attended an 2017 Beijing ISPO exhibition to introduce our new product MK3. We were very excited as our product had attracted a lot of attention from overseas buyers.
Risks and challenges
We have already experienced the production process and brought to market successfully in South Korea with MK1, a previous version of the product MK3. Therefore, we know how to handle technical challenges and complexities involved in transitioning from working prototypes to mass production. As you see our story, we’ve already made the working prototype of MK3. Manufacturing will be solely based in South Korea to control the product quality and to meet the delivery schedule despite the cost might increase. Now we are working on simplifying design and assembly process for mass production.
In addition, we also have a professional partner company to handle logistics and delivery on a daily basis. We know that this is another important part of this crowdfunding process. Therefore, we are well prepared to deal with the complications of logistics from our factory to backers in the world. If we have any other news or information, we'll love to share with you.
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