Jayster keychain and app use Bluetooth Smart technology to provide the most user-friendly system for finding lost valuables.
Not long ago, Joaquin, a software engineer, lost his car keys and spent two hours frantically looking for them. It just so happened he was in the process of starting a company that makes Bluetooth powered devices. Turning misfortune into opportunity, he decided to create a Bluetooth powered keychain that would help people find their keys and prevent them from losing their phone. Before long, Joaquin built an in-house manufacturing plant consisting of a soldering station and a 3D-printer. Shortly after, he created his first functional prototype.
During product development, he contacted a friend with a similar interest in technology and a marketing background. Leah McNaughton, also a Florida native, joined the Jayster team to handle everything marketing.
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Due to popular demand we will start developing an Android app. Estimated delivery is November 2013. ***The app is ONLY compatible with Android-powered Bluetooth Smart Ready devices running the latest 4.3 OS.***
The iOS app (compatible w/ iPhone 4S and 5) has three user-friendly features.
- Alarm mode: Sound an alarm to help find your keychain.
- Find mode: Includes a hot/cold sensor that indicates how close you are to the device.
- Nest mode: If your phone and keychain separate beyond approximately 15 feet an alarm will sound on your keychain and your phone. Use this feature in restaurants or at work to prevent you from leaving your valuables behind.
- Devices supported: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad w/ retina display, iPad mini, and Android-powered Bluetooth Smart Ready devices running the latest 4.3 OS.
- iOS compatibility: iPhone 4S: iOS 5 / iOS 6 or later; iPhone 5: iOS 6 or later
- Replaceable battery: Model: CR2450 Lithium Coin Battery, (avg. battery life: 18 months)
- Wireless technology: Bluetooth® 4.0 / Bluetooth Smart
- Range: 0-150 ft. (50 ft. limitation may be embedded in your iOS or Android device )
- Size: 32.5 mm (H) x 30 mm (W) x 9 mm (D)
- Biodegradable plastic: Polylactic acid (PLA)
- FCC, IC, CE, and Bluetooth® 4.0 certified ISM 2.4GHz
Our minimum goal is 100 units, in which we will create the keychains in house via the 3D printer. If we reach more than 500 units, we have allocated share space with a local mechanic shop should we need additional space for production. Production will take an estimated 4-6 weeks: We must outsource PCB production and solder component parts (2 weeks), produce plastic housing, and coordinate final assembly, packing and shipping (5-7 days).
Our fulfillment plan is as follows: 1.) Receive Kickstarter orders, purchase components parts, and submit and receive design (circuit board). 2.) Place components on PCB board and create plastic housing (3D printer). 3.) Assemble all components into plastic housing, package Jaysters and ship to customers.
We founded Jayster after serving more than a decade as corporate citizens in the technology field and wanted the Jayster brand to symbolize the freedom we felt upon leaving corporate America and creating our own tech start-up!
Your contributions will not only help us launch our first product, you will directly support our dream of starting a successful tech company. Thank you for your time and consideration - we hope to continue making products that make life a little easier.
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This will be our first large production of Jaysters, so we understand getting the final product manufactured will be a challenge. Delivery will vary depending on how many orders we receive. 3D printing and in-house assembly requires a lot of labor, so we decided to invest in an injection molding machine and a larger production facility if we reach more than 500 orders.
We decided to start creating the Android app, which should be ready in November. Any backers with an Android, please be patient, they just released the 4.3 OS and we are waiting on Samsung and other phone manufactures to offer the use of the 4.3 OS.
We promise to make every attempt to meet our October shipping deadline and will keep you informed with daily or weekly updates on our progress.
Were estimating that the battery will last about a year and a half for average users. The battery is commonly found at many stores (including Walmart and Amazon.com) and costs around $2.00. Keep in mind, the Jayster app will notify you when the battery is low.
Yes, due to popular demand, we have decided to make an Android app. We will start working on the Android version soon with hopes of finishing it in November. Keep in mind that is an estimation. If all goes according to plan, Android users will have to wait 3-4 weeks after they get their keychain. We have received many requests for the Android version and will do our best to keep you updated on our progress.
Yes, according to the US Postal Service International shipping adds about $4. So we offer a basic version at $46 and a customized version at $60 (only increased by $3 for the customized version).
Yes, unfortunately kickstarter won't let us offer multiple Jaysters in a pledge (we tried). If you want to order more than one Jayster (who wouldn't), just add up the total cost, make that your pledge and send us a message.
***FOR DOMESTIC MULTIPLE ORDERS: You can minus $4 (shipping) and pledge that amount. Please message us your order and we will make a note in your backer info.
Ex: two basic Jaysters ($84 - $4 = $80 pledge), two color Jaysters ($94 - $4 = $90 pledge), one basic and one color ($89 - $4 = $85 pledge).