This project's funding goal was not reached on September 21, 2013.
About this project
KEEO is an innovative and interactive key holder. KEEO makes the right key pop out with the push of a button and lets your smartphone know where it is. KEEO holds three regular household keys on the inside and as many keys as you like (e.g. bulkier keys such as your car key) on the outside loop. Check out our video above and learn more about KEEO.
TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT KEEO
1. Looks cool next to your smartphone and your other favorite gadgets
2. Designed so it can be used by one hand only, leaving your other hand free
3. The keys pop out automatically after pushing the button
4. Three household keys can be stored internally, and as many as you like (e.g. bulky keys such as your car key) on the outside loop
5. The housing is highly durable
6. Does not scratch other objects in your pocket or bag
7. Holds an internal Bluetooth Smart Chip to connect it with your smartphone
8. When you lost your keys, you can find them with the free Android and iOS app
9. When you lose or forget your phone KEEO will alert you.
10. Holds an internal thermometer
WHAT MAKES KEEO UNIQUE?
The ONE-BUTTON-CONTROL lets you select any of the keys with the push of a button.
The PLUG ´N´ SCREW system allows you to attach your keys into KEEO without any kind of modification.
The BLUETOOTH® SMART technology offers an intelligent and energy-saving communication between KEEO and your smartphone.
The free KEEO app connects your smartphone to KEEO in order to locate it at any time.
DESIGNED with modern light-weight materials for a great look and feel.
HOW DOES KEEO WORK?
With various integrated technologies, KEEO is very user-friendly. Thanks to the PLUG'N'SCREW system, your keys can be installed simply without any modification to them. Even your car key can be attached to KEEO via an exterior loop. A single push of the ONE-BUTTON-CONTROL makes the selected key pop out. Losing KEEO is nearly impossible: the app allows KEEO to communicate with your smartphone through the new and energy-saving Bluetooth® Smart technology. With an integrated thermometer, KEEO is also your personal weather station.
KEEO will also be available in Purple, Petrol, Olive, White once we reach 2,500 orders. After the campaign ends you will be able to choose your color.
It is our dream to bring KEEO to life! For this reason we have chosen the lowest possible base goal of 1,500 KEEOs, as it is the minimum order quantity set by our supplier. KEEO is a fantastic gadget offering many creative possibilities such as an iPhone and Android app, color personalization, and much more to come. With our stretch goals we can realize these possibilities with you step-by-step. Thank you so much for your support!
KEEO is very solid and lightweight at the same time because its patented slider mechanism is milled from a single block of stainless steel. The housing is a glass-fiber reinforced high-tech material used in aerospace engineering.
- Capacity – 3 regular keys on the inside and as many keys as you like on the outside loop
- Color – black / purple / petrol / olive / white
- Weight – 2 ounces
- Dimensions – 3,85 in x 1,41 in x 1,41 in (9.8 cm x 3,6 cm x 3,6 cm)
- Bluetooth – Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth® Smart)
- Range – 100 ft.
- Power – 2.0 – 3.6 VDC
- Operating temperature – from - 40 to + 185°F
KEEO does not compromise quality and is 100% engineered and made in Germany. We have full control of all production processes.
Halil Ege, Chris Zenic and Drazen Jagust, Founders of KEEO (prototypes, manufacturing, marketing and app development).
Sandra Tan-Schiebe and Johannes Schiebe, (design).
Edward Opoku, Sven Rauser, Berna Orhan, (financial analysis and project management).
Our first passion for KEEO awoke in 2010. We thought then that key chains looked pretty ugly and if that was not enough they pinch into your leg and wear out the pockets of your pants. This is why we wanted to re-think our use of "keys." We found that they not only deserve a more attractive appearance, but something worth their importance. KEEO is the solution that is attractive, feels great in our hands and pockets, and never gets lost.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE PART OF KEEO
KEEO is unique. KEEO protects your keys. No more key chains or lost keys. No more rattling or scratches on the surface of your smartphone. KEEO just fits into our modern world. Be part of KEEO and give your keys a new home.
OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS KEEO
Over the past three years we have built several prototypes and tested them heavily. Constantly, we have revised and improved the design and mechanics.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
Our prototype holds internally the fully functioning and patented mechanical unit. Also, the size and shape resemble the final product that will enter production.
We have designed the housing of our prototypes virtually and have produced half a dozen using 3D printers and tested them heavily.
We were supplied with Texas Instruments’ Bluetooth Smart Module and are very satisfied with its performance.
The mechanical unit, the housing and the Bluetooth Smart Module comply with our high production standards.
Your financial support will allow us to invest in a high-performance molding tool, built after our specifications. This molding tool will be used to produce the housing via injection molding.
Given that the mechanical units require the precision and quality of a clock work, they will be produced with the use of a CNC lathe.
The programming of the Bluetooth Smart Modules and for the App will be further optimized by our engineers.
Final assembly of each KEEO will be done by hand, running through extensive quality checks before leaving our facilities.
Now KEEO is ready for production and launch on Kickstarter. We are very excited and look forward to offering our product with you.
We look forward to shipping in February 2014. Here are our next steps for KEEO:
- July: Beginning Kickstarter campaign
- October: Finalize the setup of the manufacturing facility and place the component orders
- December: Begin the assembly of the first batch (including intense quality checks).
- February 2014: Ship the first batch to our Kickstarter supporters.
Backers from outside USA and EU will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us in the process of making KEEO! A special THANK YOU to Gabriel Manz, Julian Glöckner and Simon Fiedler for the video. Also a huge THANK YOU to Markus Albert for the music.
Risks and challenges
App Store approval:
Developing software for the Apple app Store always contains risks of being rejected in the first place. In such a case our software needs another technical or visual iteration. Therefore the release might be delayed.
Manufacturing and Quality:
We've spent a lot of time looking for the best production partnerships with experienced manufacturers to mitigate as many risks as possible. Presently we are in negotiation with several established suppliers in the German manufacturing market. We are convinced that they will ensure a high level of quality. Nevertheless, there is always a risk that we are not 100% satisfied with result of the first batch. In such case an additional iteration and improvement of the manufacturing process might be necessary. This rather unlikely scenario would delay the shipping date as we have very high expectations to the quality of KEEO (yepp, we are pretty German when it comes to that).
We have budgeted buffer time for the manufacturing process and we are confident that shipping will take place by the forecasted dates. We will keep you informed if things take longer than planned.
The more people back us, the faster we will be able to produce KEEO in different colours.
The housing of KEEO is a glass-fibre reinforced high-tech material from aerospace engineering. For a better grip, the surface of the housing is eroded. Another advantage of this surface the high resistance to scratches.
As many as you can carry. Three inside the housing and an unlimited number on the outside loop of KEEO.
The premise is the typical hole in the middle. The maximum length of the key is 2.56 inches and the maximum width 0.16 inches.
Yes, there is sufficient space at the outside loop.
With the iOS and Android App you are able to locate your KEEO via Bluetooth Smart®. Furthermore, it will display the surrounding temperature which KEEO is measuring for you.
Approximately 100 feet or about 30 meters.
The inventor of the Bluetooth® Smart technology – Texas Instruments – claims that the battery lasts up to 10 years, depending on the frequency of the use. Afterwards it will need replacement. Naturally, searching KEEO on a regular or even daily basis will shorten its lifetime.
- (60 days)