About this project
The Best of its Kind
- First to support Android and iOS
- Shake Chipolo & Find your smartphone
- Nine vibrant colors
- Replaceable battery
- Temperature sensor
- Free shipping worldwide in December 2013
Why the Chipolo?
Did you know that the average person spends 10 minutes a day looking for things they own but cannot find. We spent a great deal of effort, research and personal experience to design the Chipolo – a unique Bluetooth item finder that helps you locate your belongings.
It's for everyone. Attach the Chipolo to virtually anything – your laptop, wallet, keys, bike, even your pet. The appealing design, ultra-thin look and dynamic functionality could change your life.. or at least the way you think about your belongings.
We're very proud to announce that the Chipolo is the first such device to fully support both Android and iOS mobile operating systems.
That's not all. Thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connection, the Chipolo is completely wireless, its replaceable battery lasts up to 6 months and even has an integrated temperature sensor.
Of course we had to make sure the Chipolo was as friendly to the environment as possible. The case and packaging are fully recyclable and the internal components are produced according to international standards and regulations.
It's international. The first batch of Chipolos will ship worldwide and should be on its way in early December 2013.
Most importantly, we really appreciate every bit of support! Be sure to catch your pledge and become part of our story.
Android and iOS compatible. Works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 3rd, 4th gen, iPod touch 5th gen, iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Better range. Chipolo outruns its competitors by using a better antenna system to cast a wider search - up to 60 meters (200 feet).
Chipolo is secure. Once connected to your Chipolo, you will be the only one able to use it. Nobody else can access the data.
Integrated Bluetooth 4.0. Low power, long battery life and fully tested technology, just reaching its peak in the mobile industry.
Standard battery. We designed the Chipolo so that the battery could be easily replaced. With so many features packed in so little space, it has an incredible battery life of up to 6 months. You can search for your items everyday.
Slim and light. Chipolo is the thinnest gadget of its kind. It's not just portable, it's wearable too.
Free Chipolo App. The App will be available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It enables complete control and management of your Chipolos.
You get to choose. The Chipolo is diverse in functionality as well as its looks.
Nine vibrant colors
Chipolo Temperature App
To take full advantage of Chipolo’s temperature sensor, a unique feature, we’re introducing the Chipolo Thermometer App, which will also be available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play at the end of the campaign.
The app will feature:
- current temperature display
- 24 hour temperature log + graph
- alerts (when temperature goes below or above set value, temperature deviation)
Coming in 2014
How does customised Chipolo look like?
What's in the Box?
How We Developed It
After months of research and countless whiteboard sessions we took the paper sketches and started designing, programming and constructing the first Chipolo prototype.
We used the latest high quality electronic components, fully supported by manufacturers. After various attempts and constant improvement we successfully completed the final, working and fully tested hardware prototype.
In the mean time our designers created the casing. Chipolo's optimized design is produced with carefully selected materials and designed with delicate precision.
Finally, after plenty of persistent team work - beautiful design and sturdy electronic components fit together like a puzzle.
We Need Your Support!
The idea was born in December 2012. The Chipolo was created from our personal desire to feel comfortable about our belongings and minimize the time spent finding lost items.
We were determined to bring the Chipolo to its highest level of efficiency, perfected design and a series of fully tested prototypes.
At this point we really need your help. With the funds collected from pre-orders we will be able to acquire a large volume of top quality components, launch production and supply Chipolo at the lowest possible price.
The Chipolo Team
- Jure Zdovc - Hardware engineer - Electronics hardware design and hardware programming. He is responsible for firmware development and upcoming hardware updates.
- Domen Plaskan - Hardware engineer - Hardware testing and debugging. Domen is responsible for electronics production, assembly and final testing.
- Domen Barovič - Graphic Designer - App, product and graphic design. He is responsible for overall product design.
- Andreas de Reggi - Software engineer - App development. He is responsible for mobile app development and bringing new features to life asap.
- Primož Zelenšek - Product manager - App wireframe design and product design. Responsible for team management and final product assembly.
- Tadej Jevševar - Market analyst - App wireframe, Market research analysis and product testing. His responsibilities include updates to our social media profiles, replying our backers and promoting our product.
- Huck Hensley - Business advisor - Legal affairs management. Huck is responsible for worldwide market research and trademark registration.
In hope of a successful Kickstarter campaign and lots of happy backers we've prepared a whole bunch of exciting new features and improvements.
Apart from the fact that we'd like the Chipolo to become synonymous with the classic lost&found, we're also determined to create a product that is ever evolving and in sync with modern everyday life, so ...
... the Chipolo is upgradable! Order your Chipolo now and get full support along with all future updates.
The Chipolo Network. Lets other Chipolo users help you find your lost belongings. When another Chipolo user gets in range of your lost Chipolo, the relevant coordinates will be sent to your smartphone. All data will be transferred through our secure servers, to preserve your privacy.
The Chipolo Pin. Utilise all your Chipolos. When you issue a search for a lost item all your Chipolos will help you find it. If the Chipolo you are looking for is is out of your smartphones range, your other Chipolos will transfer its location to your App. Imagine an army of Chipolos looking for your belongings.
Chipolo Direction. To make every search easier, we're working on a feature, that would not just show the range but also the approximate direction of your lost Chipolo. This feature will greatly reduce the time you spend looking for you belongings.
Disclaimer: iPhone, Apple, and Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Galaxy is registered trademark of Samsung Inc. Android logo is registered trademark of Google Inc.
Risks and challenges
Chipolo carries risks like any other engineering project.
Throughout the preparation of this campaign we have proactively addressed each and every possible risk that could affect the quality, delivery and consequently the satisfaction of our backers.
Together with our partners, we worked hard for over 4 months to arrange the supply chain and are now hoping for your kick. All the Chipolos shown in above images and videos were real fully functional prototypes, made in the same way your Chipolo will be made.
Chipolo. Nothing is lost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We're aware of some similarities with other 'Bluetooth item finders' but we believe that Chipolo is more than just a Bluetooth item finder. There are however some features that strongly differentiate the Chipolo from the others:
- Chipolo is the first of its kind to support Android and iOS
- Shake Chipolo & Find your misplaced smartphone
- Chipolo comes in nine gorgeous colors
- Standard replaceable battery
- Chipolo also serves as a thermometer, as it transmits the temperature of its surroundings. And a thermometer is the one thing we've always missed on our phones!
- Unlike many other similar Bluetooth item finders, Chipolo is actually already able to move out of its prototype phase and become readily available as soon as December 2013.
Works with iOS devices (running version 6.1.3 or newer) with Bluetooth 4.0 built in (iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 3rd, 4th generation, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad mini and newer).
And with Android devices (running version 4.2 or newer) with Bluetooth 4.0 built in (Samsung Galaxy SIII, SIV).
More Android devices will be added to the list shortly.
The main prerequisite is solid Bluetooth 4.0 support on Android. Once that is available we can start making plans towards bringing Chipolo to more Android devices.
No, not at this time. But it is on our To Do list!
The range from your phone is approximately 60 meters (200 feet) within line of sight.
It uses a standard battery type CR2025 which can be purchased almost anywhere. And when this campaign is over, you'll be able to purchase it directly through our website and even straight from the Chopolo app on your device!
Each Chipolo lasts up to 6 months after activation with the Chipolo app. When that period is almost up, app will remind you to order a new battery.
Yes. The Chipolo app wil notify you when the battery is running low. You will even be able to order a new battery straight from the app.
You can turn off in/out of range notifications as well as Shake&Find your smartphone feature.
You can not turn off the temperature sensor since the battery consumption for this feature is so low that it wouldn't have any impact on the battery life.
Yes! You can have up to 9 Chipolos connected to the app simultaneously.
No, its not because we wanted for the battery to be replaceable.
But - due to popular demand for a waterproof version of Chipolo, we have already started to think about how to realise this great idea.
Just double the amount of your pledge.*
But the maximum order is 3 Chipolos per person.
If you would like to get more than 3 Chipolos, check out our "Four Items Neve Lost" reward.
*Applies to "Be The First", "Early Bird" and "Only On Kickstarter" rewards.
Sure. You can choose the color for every Chipolo you order.
And if you ordered a Chipolo with your name on it, you can add different names on each and every one of them.
Zero, shipping is FREE worldwide with every reward.
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