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OLD KiwiCard - Smart Wallet Tracker (Canceled)

Bluetooth tracker for your wallet. World's thinnest. Waterproof. 3 year battery life. Make your wallet a smart wallet. Starting at $17!

OLD KiwiCard - Smart Wallet Tracker (Canceled)

Bluetooth tracker for your wallet. World's thinnest. Waterproof. 3 year battery life. Make your wallet a smart wallet. Starting at $17!

pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 28 2017
Last updated March 28, 2017

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Proof of Concept

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Design Prototype

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About

DUE TO CHANGES IN OUR MODEL OF SALES WE HAVE RELAUNCHED THIS CAMPAIGN! WE BELIEVE THIS IS BETTER FOR ALL OUR BACKERS AS THEY WILL GET FREE KIWICARDS AND REPLACEMENTS! CHECK OUT OUR NEW CAMPAIGN BY CLICKING THE IMAGE BELOW!

 

The KiwiCard is only 1.5mm thick and the world's thinnest Bluetooth tracker available. It is fully waterproof for those of us who sometimes throw our wallets in the washer. Our custom battery and design gives you 3 times the life as most trackers on the market. We have integrated our unique TapSense technology allowing you to simply tap your wallet to ring your phone and silence alarms. The KiwiCard was designed for people who don't want to lose their wallets and have been unable to find a product that fits in their wallet nicely. The KiwiCard allows you to turn any wallet into a smart wallet for a fraction of the cost.

 

KiwiCard helps you find your wallet in an array of scenarios. Whether your wallet is lost in some faraway place or just under your couch, KiwiCard's features can help you find it. Imagine this, you are Netflixing at a friend’s house and your wallet slips out of your pocket into their couch and it is time to leave. You can use the KiwiCard’s ProximityFind feature to show you how close you are with a distance meter on our app and make it ring for ease of search. Even if you leave your friend’s house and realize the day after that you have lost your wallet, our MapFind feature allows you to retrace your steps and see where you last had your wallet. But wait! You didn’t have your phone at your friend’s house. Good thing your friend has the KiwiTracker app too! Our CrowdFind feature allows for all of our app users to help you locate your wallet and alert you when it is spotted! When you find your wallet, our TapSense technology allows you to quickly and easily turn off the ringer with a few simple taps on your wallet. But why go through all that trouble to begin with? Our AntiLoss feature will alert you if you are leaving your wallet behind so you don't have to go looking for it. Of course, there are probably times and places you don't want to be alerted if you separate from your wallet, like at your home or while sleeping. That's why our app lets you create Safe Zones and Safe Times for it to know when your wallet is safe. If you leave a Safe Zone without your wallet, your phone will let you know.

 "But what if I have my wallet and leave my phone?!?!"...Great question! Our TapSense technology allows you to find your phone too! Not only can you set your phone to alert on separation, but you can trigger a phone alert from your KiwiCard. All you have to do to alert your phone is give your wallet a few firm taps and your phone will beep. All of these features are totally customizable in the KiwiTrackers App. Now, that is cool!

Figuring out how to make the world's thinnest tracking device without compromising durability was not easy. The KiwiCard consists of many layers of material fused together to make a durable watertight enclosure. Our process is so unique and requires such precision that we cannot outsource it. Because of this and to support our local economy KiwiCards will be created and packaged at our facility in the USA.

The KiwiCard’s custom, flexible batteries can hold up to 3 times more charge than the coin cell batteries used by most item tracking devices. Our hardware and software design requires very low current draw. The regular KiwiCard can last an average of 1 year, while the KiwiCard-EXT (Extended edition) can last up to 3 years. By permanently enclosing the battery in the card, we have been able to make the KiwiCard waterproof! Testing will still need to be done on final production products, but our goal is total IP8 moisture protection!

This means that the battery is not replaceable, but don't worry, the card is! Our replacement program will allow our users to easily purchase replacement KiwiCards at steep discounts. The exact terms of this program are still being defined.

Product Specifications

Dimensions: 85.60 × 53.98 × 1.5mm (3.370 × 2.125 × 0.59 in)

Battery Life: 3 years Battery Type: Lithium-ion

Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0

Range: Bluetooth range, up to 100 feet. Surroundings such as walls and furniture will affect range.

Waterproof Rating: IPX8 - Immersion up to 1m

Supported OS: iOS 8.0+ and Android 4.4+

DUE TO CHANGES IN OUR MODEL OF SALES WE HAVE RELAUNCHED THIS CAMPAIGN! WE BELIEVE THIS IS BETTER FOR ALL OUR BACKERS AS THEY WILL GET FREE KIWICARDS AND REPLACEMENTS! CHECK OUT OUR NEW CAMPAIGN BY CLICKING THE IMAGE BELOW!

 

 

 

This is where you come in. We have created several working prototypes. We are finalizing our design, doing some testing and getting things ready for production. We know the Kickstarter community is all about the process. The journey. So as part of our rewards we want to invite 50 of you to sign up as Beta Testers so that you can help us fine tune our product. Here are all our reward tiers:

 

 

We have gone through 2 main design revisions and worked out a lot of the kinks. We are currently waiting on an order of 200 units of our 3rd (and hopefully final) circuit board revision to be delivered by mid-March. These circuit boards will be programmed and used for our phase 1 beta tests and our Kickstarter beta tests. In designing the enclosure we have tested over 40 variants of plastics from various suppliers around the world. We have partnered with a plastics supplier in Atlanta, GA and are using their materials in our design. We currently have all the necessary equipment to create small quantities of production-grade units for our beta tests. We also have most of the necessary equipment for mass production as we only need to upgrade our graphics printer and our programming station to mass produce KiwiCards at our facility.

 

 

Mikey decided he would leave his job as a research engineer at Georgia Tech Research Institute designing software and computer solutions for the United States Air Force. After a couple of weeks, he put in a month’s notice and quit his job. It was shortly after this that Charlie joined him part time. Charlie was still finishing up school and thus did not have much time, nor was he in the same city. Mikey was hard at work developing by hand the first prototype of the KiwiCard. When Gonzalo joined the team, Mikey already had a prototype. Soon after that, Charlie graduated and moved to Macon to work full-time.

Now, you may be wondering where the name 43Tech comes from. If you are a nerd, you might know that element 43 on the periodic tables is called Technetium (we make tech...get it?). If you are a super-nerd, you may also know that it is the first manufactured, or man-made, element. The vision for the company is to create affordable and innovative technology solutions to everyday problems while supporting local urban development through financial investment and employment opportunities.

We have a passion for the inner city and our community. That's why 43Tech has resolved to give 43% of all our profits back into the community and other organizations who share our passion. We have called this business model the 43Tech Gives 43Back model.

We would like to thank the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for helping us get things straightened out and guiding us in a general direction. We would also like to thank Robert Betzel, who has given us great advice about the business. And lastly, we would like to thank Dr. Keith Johnson for believing in us and supporting us financially.

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Risks and challenges

The KiwiCard is our first product and there is always risk involved with the launch of a new product, especially the first. There is still work to do on this project, with production testing still needing to be done.

We are confident that we will be able to produce and deliver the KiwiCard as expected by our projected delivery date. Our team is dedicated to see that through.

1. We have a team with over 40 years of combined experience.
2. We have secured production and assembly facilities and equipment.
3. We have run created and tested several variations of prototypes. We will run a private beta testing round shortly after Kickstarter is over and will have a second public round with some of you. We are excited to include the Kickstarter community in this step of the process.

We understand this campaign is a customer-relationship opportunity and our mission is to leave our backers fully satisfied with both our product and service.

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    Remember Our Heroes

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    Your name shall be immortalized on our website's "KiwiCard Wall of Fame".
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    Kiwi

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    Early Kiwi - Beta Tester

    Try out the KiwiCard before anybody else! Use it for 2 weeks and send back (we will provide return postage) with your comments and we will send you a new one at the same time as the "Early Kiwi". Add $5 if you want the EXT(ended) version which the battery lasts up to 3 years.

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