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About this project

Every year, Americans lose millions of dollars’ worth of cell phones in their day-to-day activities. 

 

Unfortunately, even as smartphone thefts rise, the police are limited in what they can do to help you. It’s time to take your smartphone security into your own hands!

Don't count on getting your stolen iDevice back with Apple's Find My iPhone or Google’s Android Device Manager. 

Finding your missing device is one thing, but getting it back quite another, as one unfortunate soul found out when he was murdered while confronting the thief.

What is iFndr?

iFndr is the solution to Smartphone Theft because it is a better idea to not let the phone get away as opposed to going to retrieve it and maybe getting killed.


Technical drawing sketch Prismacolor pencils and lacquer
Technical drawing sketch Prismacolor pencils and lacquer

 

hand painted frozen water colors
hand painted frozen water colors
 
 

 

iFndr consists of the iFndr App and a small, ingenious device (the iFndr remote) that attaches to the user’s keychain. 

The iFndr App, the remote, and the built-in Bluetooth create an anti-theft security system to protect your Smartphone within seconds of activation.

 What separates the iFndr anti-theft device from others is that it turns the Smartphone into a 100db ear-piercing siren alarm by taking over the phone’s amplifier and speaker if it is taken a predetermined distance from its owner. 

In the event that someone actually attempts to steal your phone, the thief gets the surprise of his life when he is holding a 100db ear-piercing siren alarm in his hands attracting a massive amount of attention.

The alarm can only be disabled by a “kill button” on the iFndr remote, which remains safely on your person. It would require quite a bold thief to pursue a heist under those circumstances!

Time to move on to better targets.

Once installed on your Apple or Android device, the iFndr app continues working in the background - even if your phone is on vibrate or is turned off. 

 

 Early Design Sketch Concepts

 

 

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  • 3 green LED lights let you know that you are fully charged 
  • Recharges using a Universal micro USB charger 
  • Emergency off button 
  • Rechargeable battery capacity 110 mAH 
  • Charge time 2.25 hours.  Battery life 320 hours 
  • Bluetooth version 4.0 BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)
  • Smartphone operating system iOS 6.0+ / Android 4.3+ 
  • Titanium black cable key ring loop - designed for easy on and off

 

 

 

How did you come up with the idea for this product?

Most current GPS-based tracking apps attempt to address iPhone losses after they have already occurred.

You can usually use your computer or other device to get the GPS location of your phone. Depending on the app, you might additionally be able to lock your phone or even take a picture of the potential thief. Sounds good, but; less ideal for actually obtaining your phone, as it wanders farther and farther with each passing minute. 

Some phones merely display a “lost” message on the home screen, hoping that a very honest and dedicated person will discover your phone and devote his or her time to returning it to you.

"iFndr" is unique in all the world because it alarms your phone itself, giving you a simple and effective anti-theft security system to protect your Smartphone within seconds of activation.

For those who ABSOLUTELY cannot lose their iPhone!
For those who ABSOLUTELY cannot lose their iPhone!

                 

 How does the iFndr alarm system work? 

 The magic begins the moment you get the free iFndr App, which you can download in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.

 As soon as you install the iFndr App and connect it via Bluetooth to your iFndr remote, your phone is protected by a state-of-the-art alarm system.

The iFndr anti-theft device gives your phone a built-in alarm system that optimizes your phone’s powerful built-in amplifier and speaker, automatically triggering an ear piercing 100 db alarm siren when the iFndr remote strays away from your phone.

How loud is 100db? 

Approximately the same sound level as a New York City fire truck!

And in case you find fire truck siren just a little too loud, the volume level can easily be adjusted to a lower decibel if you so desire.

 

Now activated: ear piercing phone siren plus bright flashing red and blue screen for nighttime visibility.
Now activated: ear piercing phone siren plus bright flashing red and blue screen for nighttime visibility.

If your iPhone is ever more than 2.25 meters away (6 feet), the siren alarm will sound on your phone! 

If you’ve accidentally left your phone behind, you can quickly pick up your forgotten device and turn off the alarm with a “kill button” on your iFndr remote or by tapping the kill button icon on your phone’s iFndr App.  

(Please note that only the phone’s owner is allowed to turn off the alarm, never someone without permission like a thief )

However, if a would-be thief is attempting to steal your phone, the thief gets the surprise of his life when he is holding a 100db ear-piercing siren alarm in his hands attracting a massive amount of attention.

How easy is it to take the iFndr remote wherever I go?

 

Just clip the iFndr remote easily to your key ring using the built-in stainless steel cable. Stop worrying about losing your phone immediately!

What if I want to turn the alarm off? 

Don’t worry! The iFndr remote has a “kill button” just in case you must quickly shut off the alarm siren.

Take the worry out of lost and stolen phones and get real peace of mind! 

 The iFndr remote is hyper fast in its ability to detect a break in the wireless chain connecting you to your iPhone, spreading an invisible shield around you and your device as you move about.

The iFndr App, the remote, and the built-in Bluetooth create an anti-theft security system to protect your Smartphone within seconds of activation.

Our phones contain plenty of not only sentimental, but also highly personal material.
Our phones contain plenty of not only sentimental, but also highly personal material.

 

"iFndr" is unique in all the world in its ability to protect users from walking into an ambush when retrieving their stolen device.

And if anyone tries to snatch your phone, you can relax because the ear-piercing siren alarm will sound from your phone as soon as they try to run away!

How can iFndr can give you the peace of mind like no other device in the world?

Because iFndr automatically keeps your phone where it belongs: with you! 

Never lose your smartphone again, thanks to the new patent pending automatic security alarm system designed for iPhone and Android!

Connect your iFndr remote to your phone using the free Android or Apple iFndr App and take the worry out of losing your phone! If you leave it behind, an alarm will sound, reminding you to retrieve it before anything happens. 

HAND PAINTED USING HIGH QUALITY ACRYLICS
HAND PAINTED USING HIGH QUALITY ACRYLICS

Where we are in the process… USA Patent Pending: 62/338,755 

Our patent is pending in the USPTO, and we are continuing to refine the internal and external components of the iFndr

Why is the iFndr App in the demo video named "Dog Tracker" ?

 We were advised to hide the true purpose and function of the iFndr project during development in China. 

Due to the high probability of having the confidential design stolen, the iFndr was ingeniously disguised as a Dog Tracker App during the initial development phase. 

The way things worked out we could not get a professional video crew into the electronics design lab. However, we did manage to shoot a bit of raw footage on an iPhone.

Ingeniously disguised and code named: ( Dog Tracker ) 

Real, raw footage with zero manipulation and zero effects.

iFndr Video Demonstration: integration of the hardware and software's performance.  

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What devices are compatible with iFndr?

iFndr is tuned to work with iPhone iOS 6.0+ and Android 4.3+ with Bluetooth 4.0. iFndr supports Apple devices using iOS 7 and 8. iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPhone 7, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th Generation, and all Android phones running Android 4.3 or above.

So what do we still need to do to get the iFndr market-ready?

What's next?

Pre-production prototype
Pre-production prototype

Product Development & Quality Control Inspection Is Expensive.

 iFndr has contracted one of the finest in the R&D Electronic Epi-Center Hangzhou, ZheJiang Province, China. All the boards will go through the most stringent tests beyond the basic visual check. We have adopted most of the testing and inspecting equipment used in the industry, such as the Flying Probe Tester, the X-Ray Inspection Machine, and the Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) Machine to make a highly reliable iFndr remote device.

I have manufactured and brought other products to market, but for a project of this size and complexity, I will be using a pool of experts in the field to make sure the iFndr lives up to its potential. The professional sourcing company I have partnered with has manufactured other personal electronic remote devices, as well as high-tech gear. They have an experienced team in the field to assist with quality control, shipping, and other logistics. We want you to have your iFndr as soon as possible. Here’s our plan to achieve that:

 
  • January/February: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends, execute manufacturing agreements/standards. 
  • February: Finalize the engineering and prototype iterations and place the tooling orders. 
  • March: Tooling build-out and procurement of raw materials and components. 
  • April: Part qualification and pre-production builds, pilot production, quality assurance and product validation.
  • May: First batch of production units, ramp up to hundreds of units.
  • June: Finalize the assembly and shipment process and begin shipping.
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Pen Ink Prismacolor Pencil Drawing

Looking for your iFndr? Follow along with all our production news and updates at kickstarter.com/countdown!

Need help? We're here for you.

If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has closed, you can always reach us at help.iFndr@gmail.com

Box Contents - iFndr remote anti-theft device and multi-lingual user manual (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian).

The fine print

International Backers

We're proud to have iFndr fans in over 150 countries. We will ship iFndr worldwide, with the exception of Argentina, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen. Please note that you will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region, which in the past have ranged from 0% to 20% in the US and EU countries, to as much as 200% for certain South American countries.

Estimated Delivery

Each reward tier may have a different estimated shipment month. While we do not expect these to change, it is possible that the estimated shipment month may shift. We will provide updates when/if the estimated shipment date changes. At anytime up until your iFndr has shipped, you may request a full refund by emailing help. iFndr@gmail.com .

Warranty

We stand firmly behind our products. Each iFndr product includes a 30 day (after you receive it) money back guarantee and minimum 1 year limited warranty. 

Need help? We're here for you.

If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has closed, you can always reach us at help.iFndr@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

No one wants to see a good idea executed poorly, especially when it has so much potential to help and protect people. We have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are some potential risks:

MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product of this size is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get right. There is typically a 45 to 60 day lead time to create the molds for a product of this size, and this is where delays could occur. To minimize that possibility, we’re partnering with tooling manufacturers with a track record for promptness and high quality.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As the iFndr gets geared up for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for—a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks, we will enter the manufacturing stage with at least one back-up supplier for each component pre-located, and product commercialization experts will help ensure smooth sailing from our suppliers and factories.
We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the way, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of making the best possible product for you, our iFndr customer.

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