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Clip Wheresie to child's clothing and pair to iOs smartphone app on parent or caregiver. Keep baby safe and close or watch from afar.

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Meet Wheresie. The smart clip that helps monitor your child’s safety.

Because you don’t have eyes in the back of your head and your toddler is a born sprinter. 

Because even when you leave your baby in capable hands you still worry. 

Because juggling daily routines and the kids’ activities leave you dizzy some days

Because studies show we, as humans, are becoming more distractible by the day.

Wheresie. Where your child is close and safe even when far away. Peace of mind. 

WHY WHERESIE? 

As parents, our first instinct is to protect our children and keep them safe. Unfortunately, we hear news reports all the time about children forgotten in hot cars and child drownings.

We developed Wheresie to prevent these kinds of accidents. Knowing most people carry their smartphone near them at all times, we went about creating a device that attaches safely to your child and virtually “leashes” them to you through a smartphone application. If your child ventures beyond a preset distance from you or caregiver in charge of your child, you receive an immediate alert on your Smartphone.

Even while in the most capable, conscientious hands, these startling statistics show just how easy it is for tragic, but preventable accidents, to happen anytime, anywhere. 

  • Since 2000, more than 500 children have died from heat stroke because they were left in cars on warm days. (Source: KidsandCars.org
  • More than half of heat stroke deaths occur because a caregiver forgot the child in the car. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and San Francisco State University's Department of Geosciences.) 
  • Roughly 30 percent of heat stroke deaths occur because the child got in the car without a caregiver knowing and couldn't get out. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and San Francisco State University's Department of Geosciences.) 
  • 75 percent of the children involved in swimming pool submersion or drowning accidents were between 1 and 3 years old and 77 percent of the swimming pool accident victims had been missing for five minutes or less when they were found in the pool drowned or submerged. (Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission)

INTRODUCING WHERESIE

Wheresie is a smart clip that helps monitor your child’s safety and gives you peace of mind. Attached to your child's clothing and synced with your Smartphone, the Wheresie alerts you when your child has exceeded a safe distance from you or the caregiver watching him. This can prove to be life-saving if the child were to sneak into the backseat of a car without you knowing or become separated in a shopping mall or near a swimming pool. The Wheresie device can be synced to several caregivers’ Smartphones making hand-off to another’s care seamless. Via the application, parents can monitor from afar and see the child is where he is suppose to be and who the child is safely linked with. 

HOW IT WORKS

The Wheresie is easy to set up.  It comes out of the box ready and automatically pairs with your Smartphone device in range. All you need to do is download the Wheresie app, register and then establish the connection to the device.  As the registered administrator, you set-up the child profile and add approved caregivers.

The Wheresie device resembles a round pacifier clip. The clip is 1.5 inches in diameter, so it is not a swallow risk and secures tightly to a child’s clothing or shoe. The plastic encasing houses a custom circuit board that sends a signal via low energy Bluetooth 4.0 technology to your Smartphone. This technology enables the device to send continuously send short range signals that are detected by the smartphone.  The smartphone receives the signal letting you know the device is within range but the moment the signal isn’t in range, an alert is triggered. 

Hand-Off and Sync to New Caregiver
Hand-Off and Sync to New Caregiver

 WHERE ARE WE NOW?

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- We developed a custom circuit board for the device

- We completed a working prototype.

- All components and materials have been tested for CPSC compliance.

- Sourcing for parts and production is complete.

- Branding and packaging design is complete.

- Marketing strategy and plan drafted.

- Functional working prototype completed and tested.

WHAT'S NEXT? / PRODUCTION TIMELINE

We estimate it will take approximately 6 months to produce and package the Wheresie for spring 2015 delivery.

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

We set our goal at $100,000, which will allow us to begin manufacturing and make Wheresie available in spring 2015. Every dollar raised through Kickstarter will go directly to mass manufacturing, product and app refinement, final testing, packaging and shipping.

- FCC certifications

- Manufacturing setup cost (tooling)

- Production of components and assembly

- Printing

- Packaging, shipping and fulfillment

If we make our stretch goal of $150,000 or more, we will look to develop additional functionality such as:

- Android app version

- Temperature alert

- Multiple color options

REWARDS

MEET THE FOUNDERS

WHERESIE: COMING TO A PRE-K NEAR YOU

Feeling a little nervous about the first day of childcare? Wheresie has you covered. 

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We thank you for your support in helping us bring Wheresie to market. Any donation of any amount counts. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, teacher or advocate, we hope you'll feel moved to become a Wheresie supporter today.

Risks and challenges

We have a final prototype and 3D prints that reflect the final specifications of the hardware. We identified and met with a factory recommended by a reputable source to manufacture the components. We have done the intitial work to ensure the product is CPSIA compliant. We are prepared for final testing and confident the certification process will be smooth. That said, our project has a few potential risks.

We thank you for your support in helping us bring Wheresie to market. Any donation of any amount counts. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, teacher or advocate, we hope you'll feel moved to become a Wheresie supporter today.

While we are confident we will accomplish a spring 2015 delivery date, there is always a chance that it takes longer to produce, package and ship the product to customers. Secondly, in the future, if the Apple or Android platform policies change disallowing some of the functionality that is key to the project, we’ll have to invest more resources in development and solutions. Any unforseen technical or development issues can sink into our budget. In which case, the functionality may not be as broad as we anticipated or we’ll need to raise additional funding to ensure the functionality we want.

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FAQ

  • Yes. We know that babies and toddlers can get messy! We ensured that the casing is water-resistant to protect the device’s functionality.

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  • The Wheresie will work with iPhone iOs 8 and up. Our hope is to develop an Android application in the near future. It will all depend on the funding we raise.

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  • The Wheresie uses a standard coin cell CR2032 battery. The battery never needs to be replaced by the user. Our recycle program will allow the user to send the device back to us and get the latest version sent to you at a discount price

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  • The device has a long battery life estimated to be 9 -12 months in typical use.

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  • Yes, you can purchase a Wheresie for each child and register each of them on your iPhone application. If you are with your children, your phone will alert you if one of your children has ventured to far. If your children are with another caregiver and one of your children ventures to far, the device will not only alert the caregiver but will alert you.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    WHERESIE FRIEND - Get our heartfelt thank you and name acknowledgement as supporter on Wheresie Web site.

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    WHERESIE FRIEND FOREVER - Get our heartfelt thank you and name acknowledgement as supporter on Wheresie Web site and thank you note in the mail.

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    5 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    WHERESIE MOM+POP -
    Get our heartfelt thank you and name acknowledgement as supporter on Wheresie Web site and a Wheresie bib.

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    Ships to Only United States
    3 backers
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    Pledge $75 or more About $75 USD

    WHERESIE MOM+POP LIMITED SPECIAL - Get 1 Wheresie at $25 off suggested retail price.

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    Limited 9 backers
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    WHERESIE MOM+POP VIP -
    Get 1 Wheresie!

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    17 backers
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    Pledge $200 or more About $200 USD

    WHERESIE VIP GOLD -
    Get 2 Wheresies!

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    11 backers
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    Pledge $400 or more About $400 USD

    WHERESIE VIP PLATINUM -
    Get 4 Wheresies!

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    3 backers
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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500 USD

    WHERESIE AMBASSADOR VIP -
    Experience Hollywood South. We’d love to hear your ideas! Let’s start with dialogue about the product and talk ideas. Co-founders Dr. Wyche Coleman and Daniel Simpson of Intuitive Technology invite you to their hometown and headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. Enjoy a weekend of southern hospitality with dinner and a tour of the city by land and view later by air piloted by our founder Wyche. You’ll see why Louisiana draws film production companies and has been dubbed “Hollywood South.” You’ll also be sent home with two Wheresies.
    Travel and lodging not included.

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000 USD

    WHERESIE PARTNERSHIP -
    Get 50 Wheresies in a custom color of your choice. Perfect to Pre-schools and daycares. Helps teachers keep track of all children and gives parents peace of mind.

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    0 backers

Funding period

- (29 days)