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NOK 68,280
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 20 2014 9:14 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 23, 2014

AlpineHawk: Never lose your Skis or Snowboard again

A smart electronic device that prevents your skis and snowboards from being stolen. It also helps find skis lost in powder.

AlpineHawk: Never lose your Skis or Snowboard again

A smart electronic device that prevents your skis and snowboards from being stolen. It also helps find skis lost in powder.

NOK 68,280
pledged of 600.000 NOK pledged of 600.000 NOK goal
176
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 20 2014 9:14 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 23, 2014

About

The Story behind AlpineHawk

Every 10 minutes a pair of skis is stolen in the Alps. Add in the statistics from Europe alone and that’s more than 10,000 pairs of expensive gear stolen every season. Erlend had his stolen two years ago. And Simon lost his snowboard last season even when he had locked it with a cable lock. How good is that for a vacation with two weeks still to go?

Don’t worry anymore. AlpineHawk is a compact and smart electronic device that looks after your gear when you leave it unattended in the mountains. And it will also help you quickly find your skis if you lose them in powder.

Never lose your skis and snowboard again

1. Anti-theft alarm:

Alpine Hawk attaches to your skis and snowboards, and is controlled by your smartphone. Arm your skis and snowboards using our free AlpineHawk App and feel safe to leave your equipment unattended. Once activated, the hawk is capable of detecting small movements thanks to the integrated accelerometer. Prolonged small movements or any intense movement will trigger the siren and keep thieves at bay.

The Smart Blue Hawk attached to a ski
The Smart Blue Hawk attached to a ski
The AlpineHawk App
The AlpineHawk App

2. Ski Locator:

Heading off-piste? Use the Hawk pair for skis. Activate the off piste function via the App and if you lose your skis in powder, the Hawk will raise an alarm and you will be sure to find them in no time.  

Here’s how it works

For Snowboards:

The Alpinehawk for snowboards is a single unit that attaches to your snowboard. Download the free App called AlpineHawk for Snowboards. Arm the App via your phone when you’re about to leave it unattended. If the board moves when it is armed or someone tampers with the screw or hood, the alarm will be triggered, and you will receive a notification on your phone if you are in Bluetooth range. You will not receive any notification if you are not in range but the alarm will be set off.

AlpineHawk on a snowboard
AlpineHawk on a snowboard
Can you see the Black AlpineHawk on this snowboard?
Can you see the Black AlpineHawk on this snowboard?

For Skis:

There are two units for the skis and they come in a pair. Download the free App called Alpine Hawk for Skis. The App has the Anti-theft functionality and the Ski-Locator functionality.

The anti-theft works in the same way as for the snowboard, except that if the AlpineHawk has been armed then movement of any ski will raise an alarm.

When you´re heading off-piste, turn on the ´Ski-Locator´ functionality through your phone. If you fall in powder and either or both skis travel a distance of approximately 2m or more from your phone (i.e. you) the alarm will be raised. Following the sound you can find your skis. When you find your skis, just bring them closer than 50 cm to your phone and the siren will stop. This way you don’t need to bring out your phone in harsh conditions.

If you forget to turn on the Ski-Locator before you head off-piste, you can still turn on the Ski-Locator functionality after you lose your skis in powder.

A pair of Chic White Hawks on skis
A pair of Chic White Hawks on skis

In general

No alarm will be triggered if the AlpineHawk has not been armed via the phone. And the alarm can be turned off using the phone.

How do I attach it on my gear?

It can go anywhere on your gear and you can choose if you want it to be visible or hidden. We recommend it should be put in the front of the skis to minimize impact from other skiers in the lift queue. But you can choose where you want it to be because the device will not impact your balance or performance due to its small size and low weight.

It’s Tamper Proof

The Hawk is made tamper proof by a button that is pushed when the casing locks into the seal and base. If someone attempts to remove the hood while the Hawk is armed, the alarm will be immediately triggered.

Tech Specs

The AlpineHawk is made of the an ultra-impact resistant, waterproof Polycarbonate plastic that can withstand temperatures between 100° and -40° Celsius. It weighs less than 50g, measures less than 7cm x 3cm x 3cm and will fit easily in the palm of your hands. The PCB uses SMT components capable of withstanding the low temperatures and is protected by an additional ABS cover to seal off the electronics.

The Hawk includes a Bluetooth Low Energy chip programmed to connect it with the Alpinehawk App on your smartphone, an accelerometer that detects motion, a 100dB buzzer and a coin-cell replaceable battery that can last for over a season.

This small device comes in 3 parts:

1.An adhesive base: This is the only part that permanently sticks to your gear using a conformable, double-sided, pressure-sensitive, closed-cell acrylic foam tape with a PE film liner. It is durable and has the high strength required for the anti-theft feature.

2.A seal and electro carry: This layer locks into the base and carries the electronics on top. The PCB is sealed inside an ABS casing that further seals all electronics and ensures the Hawk is waterproof.

3.The hood: The sleek curved hood closes the electronics inside. It’s designed to ensure that snow doesn’t gather on the device and slides off. Simply use the screw provided with the Alpinehawk to lock all three layers together.

Which phones support the Alpinehawk App

Today the AlpineHawk App is supported on all modern Android phones capable of supporting BLE 4.0 (for instance, Samsung S4 and above). When the final product is ready we will have also developed the iOS and Windows versions for iOS and Windows phones respectively, that support BLE 4.0 .

We’ve come a long way, just one more step to go

Here’s how far we have reached just so you know we can do it… with your support. We have made plastic prototypes of the outer casing in three different colors, Sleek Black, Chic White and Smart Blue.

We have made the electronic prototype with a size of 7cm x 3cm x 3cm using the following components:

  • MMA8453q accelerometer: to measure motion
  • BL600SA Bluetooth: for efficient and fast communication with your phone
  • CR1632 Battery: an efficient battery that can last for more than a  season
  • 80dB Buzzer: for raising the alarm. This will be upgraded to a 100dB buzzer for your AlpineHawk

We have developed the Android version of our App. If the Alarm function is activated via the App, any small movement will trigger the alarm. If the off-piste function is activated, walking 2m away from the phone will trigger the alarm.

For your AlpineHawk we will make a protective seal casing for the electronics and use a 100dB buzzer. To compensate for the greater space required on the PCB, we will shrink the width and increase the length of the AlpineHawk so that your AlpineHawk does not measure more than 7cmL x 3cmW x 3 cmH. We will also run comprehensive tests on the App and the device to ensure you have a smooth experience and the alarm does not trigger unnecessarily.

Here’s what we have planned

Stretch Goals

With the current goal of 600,000 NOK (approx.  US $92,000) we are able to offer our backers the Sleek Black AlpineHawk. However, if we are able to raise 1,200,000 NOK (approx. US $185,000) we would like to offer our backers a choice between three different colors of the AlpineHawk: Smart Blue, Chic White and Sleek Black.  

 Why should you believe in us?

The AlpineTec Team: Erlend, Matt, Simon & Ayesha
The AlpineTec Team: Erlend, Matt, Simon & Ayesha

Erlend, Simon and Ayesha are students at the University of Oslo and Matt is based in New Zealand. We are as international as Kickstarter! Erlend is from Norway, Simon is from Australia, Ayesha from Pakistan and Matthew from New Zealand. Erlend is the brains behind the design, Simon has a background in Physics and has worked as a snowboard instructor, Ayesha is an engineer with business experience and Matt is our technical right-hand man. 

Together with your support we can make the AlpineHawk possible for your skis and snowboards. Support us and get awesome rewards in return!

A Big Thank You to all those who helped us on the way

Raissa Pershina, for believing in us and for being an immense help with the design of the AlpineHawk App

Ösp Egilsdóttir, for helping us with the photographs

Matthew Good, for doing the voice-over for our video

Morten Kristiansen for giving useful advice on branding

Risks and challenges

We have a passion for snowboarding and skiing and we are aware of the challenges imposed by the harsh, cold environment and the need for superior performance.

The design of the AlpineHawk allows smooth, unhindered performance on snow and ensures snow slides off smoothly to prevent accumulation of particles on the device. It also provides a waterproof enclosure for the circuitry inside. Most of the work on the design has already been completed during the past six months. The casing is made from a tough material that can withstand impact and is still flexible enough to withstand the temperature variations. Based on advice from industrial experts and our own research we have made a choice of the material for casing. However, the unexpected should always be expected. If we discover any weakness in the casing during testing phase we will change the material for the casing. However, we have planned sufficiently to allow the feedback from testing to be incorporated in your AlpineHawk so delays due to change in choice of material should not impact our timelines.

The electronics inside are chosen on the basis of their capability to operate in low temperatures suitable for snow sports. We hardly expect delays due to component supply.

The four of us have brought in our unique knowledge, skills and experiences to develop the AlpineHawk. As a team and with your help, we can make the AlpineHawk possible.

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    Earlybird for Snowboard – Not all is lost! You can still get your hands on our Sleek black AlpineHawk for snowboards and be happy with the deal! Not only that, we will send you one extra base FREE so you can use the Hawk with two snowboards instead of one! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $40)

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    Earlybird for Skis – Not all is lost! You can still get your hands on our Sleek black AlpineHawk pair for skis and be happy with the deal! Not only that, we will send you one extra pair of bases FREE so you can use the Hawk with two pairs of skis instead of one! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $70)

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    Limited Edition Kickstarter Package for Skis – Lucky still! We will offer you our Sleek Black AlpineHawk pair for skis for a fairly attractive value! With 50 NOK additional, you can also order an extra pair of bases so you can use the Hawk with two pairs of skis instead of one. (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $95)

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    AlpineHawk Testers’ Package for Snowboards – Here’s an awesome deal for all those who want to be the first to test the AlpineHawk! We will offer you 5 Sleek Black AlpineHawks for snowboards with 5 extra bases, one for each Hawk. Not only that, you will also receive a custom-made AlpineHawk gift bag especially for your 5 AlpineHawks! In addition, we will keep you posted on all product developments and performance results and you get special mention on our website as our premier Tester! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $350)

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    AlpineHawk Testers Package for Skis – Here’s an awesome deal for all those who want to be the first to get the AlpineHawk and test it! We will offer you 5 Sleek Black AlpineHawk pairs for skis with 5 extra pairs of bases, one pair for each Hawk pair. Not only that, you will also receive a custom-made AlpineHawk gift bag especially for your 5 AlpineHawk for skis pairs! In addition, we will keep you posted on all product developments and performance results and you get special mention on our website as our premier Tester! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $580)

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    AlpineHawk Ambassadors Package for Snowboards – Here’s an awesome deal for all those who want to be the first to get the AlpineHawk and become Ambassadors! We will offer you 10 Sleek Black AlpineHawks for snowboards with 10 extra bases, one for each Hawk. Not only that, you will also receive a custom-made AlpineHawk gift bag especially for your 10 AlpineHawks! In addition, we will keep you posted on all product developments and performance results! And your name will be mentioned on our website as one of our premier Ambassadors! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $690)

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    AlpineHawk Ambassadors Package for Skis – Here’s an awesome deal for all those who want to be the first to get the AlpineHawk and become Ambassadors! We will offer you 10 Sleek Black AlpineHawk pairs for skis with 10 extra pairs of bases, one pair for each Hawk pair. Not only that, you will also receive a custom-made AlpineHawk gift bag especially for your 10 AlpineHawk for skis pairs! In addition, we will keep you posted on all product developments and performance results! And your name will be mentioned on our website as one of our premier Ambassadors! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $1150)

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    Super Earlybird for Snowboard - Because you are the first to believe in us, we have a special offer for you. You will receive our Sleek black AlpineHawk for snowboards for a handsomely low amount! Not only that, we will send you one extra base FREE so you can use the Hawk with two snowboards instead of one! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $30)

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    Super Earlybird for Skis - Because you are the first to believe in us, we have a special offer for you. You will receive our Sleek black AlpineHawk pair for skis for a handsomely low amount! Not only that, we will send you one extra pair of bases FREE so you can use the Hawk with two pairs of skis instead of one! (This Pledge amounts to approximately US $55)

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