Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Support the Pebble Bee. The most affordable, secure and feature rich Bluetooth personal motion tracking device tag & wireless charging!
The Pebblebee Honey; the most affordable, secure and feature rich Bluetooth Finder with Crowd GPS at pebblebee.com
The Pebblebee Honey; the most affordable, secure and feature rich Bluetooth Finder with Crowd GPS at pebblebee.com
3,083 backers pledged $218,844 to help bring this project to life.

About

PebbleBee - The Most Affordable iOS/Android Bluetooth Device project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

PebbleBee - The Most Affordable iOS/Android Bluetooth Device

$218,844

3,083

           

 Facebook    Twitter    Google+    Linkedin   Pinterest

Setup Alerts & Triggers

Technical Detail

The PebbleBee:
  • Communicates with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy enabling a range of up to 150ft.
  • Has the ability to operate in private mode for your privacy, to preserve battery life,and increase wireless performance.
  • Is 5 mm thick and 40 mm diameter.
  • Battery lasts up to 3 years – and can be replaced.
  • Utilizes a 3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass.
  • Includes a temperature sensor.
  • Comes with a free API for developers will be made available to utilize all the PebbleBee functions and Sensor data for whatever you want!

Recent Update - Testing Water Resistance:

We've recently received the latest sample that is completely ultrasonically sealed. Keep in mind the app is still in development. Volume is subjective to the recording environment, so we setup an audio monitor to give you the actual loudness not subject to interpretation. But forget enough about that! Have you seen a bluetooth tag work under water before? LOL pretty awesome! granted it's not that much water, but signals usually don't work that far into water.  

Latest iOS Update 3/22/14

We have already made considerable progress and continue development as we near completion of the iPhone app.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Latest Android Update 3/22/14  

Still in it's initial phase, but we are continuing to make great progress and should have a major update next week with much more functionality.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

*Note: The PebbleBee Honey does not include the 9-axis motion and temperature sensor, but includes all other functionality. The PebbleBee Hornet includes the 9-axis motion and temperature sensor.  The Dragon has same sensors as the Hornet but also includes wireless charging.

PebbleBee Evolution (from left to right)

Development

The PebbleBee idea first emerged late 2012 as a solution to a curious toddler's obsession with hiding things.  After the little man battles his way to bed, Nick wants nothing more but to relax and watch a movie before bed.   But alas, there is no remote!   Nick thought to himself; how is it still so hard to find your remote?   Why don’t TV’s have a "find" function much like cordless phones have implemented for decades?  

The next day Nick and Daniel met to discuss a potential solution.  The design started from simple, affordable but effective RF devices that would communicate to a Bluetooth hub.  The PebbleBee worked for home applications but we thought bigger.  Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy was hitting more and more devices and we found that it really could meet our power and range constraints for a portable device.  Daniel and Nick put together hardware and software specifications, 3D designs and print circuit board layouts.   

Our goal from day one has been producing a quality product that exceeds your needs at a very affordable price.   We communicated with multiple vendors regarding affordability without any compromise to quality, and found one that fit the bill.  The PebbleBee kept on evolving as Daniel and Nick found more everyday uses such as incorporating a 9-axis gyroscope for motion tracking and a thermometer.   In August 2013 it was clear the manufacturer we first picked didn't share our vision for quality and growth.  Another manufacturer trade study was conducted and the perfect fit was found. They share our enthusiasm for the PebbleBee vision and future capabilities.  

The only thing that stands in our way now is funding this endeavor to make it available to you at such an affordable price.  Please help us make the PebbleBee become a reality so we can build an amazing product together. 

Fulfillment Plan

Production Plan

About Us

Daniel and Nick are Hardware and Software Engineers with over 30 combined years of experience and a passion for creating new products to solve everyday problems. They have a diverse background from experimental Physics and RF Research to the Aerospace industry.  After a young toddler took over Nick’s house he confided in Daniel about how to take back some control.  The PebbleBee quickly turned from a whiteboard brainstorm to the most affordable and useful device for thousands of applications.   
Daniel is a two-time Kickstarter successful project creator with the EZGO original and slim wallets.  Daniel LOVES his backers and is completely devoted to delivering the best possible user experience from start to finish.  

For reference, here's the EZGO Original Wallet KS project

Some reviews from Daniel's previous project backers:

KAT: "Congrats Daniel and family! Such an awesome awesome awesome wallet you've created. You should be very proud of yourself! I've backed 14 projects and you are by far the BEST! You're communication with us backers, constant updates, keeping us in the loop and showing us how it's made is truly appreciated. You're golden!"

DUSTIN: "Just got my ezgo wallet today. Wow... Freakin amazing, quality product. From the wallet itself to the packaging, to the constant communication and updates this project was an absolute success. A lot of Kickstarter creators should take note from you. I think you could be a paid consultant for Kickstarter on how to adequately run a project. Thanks for the hard work - I think it is going to pay big dividends for you and the ezgo wallet in the long run."

JASON: "Daniel, All I can say is awesome job!!!!!! I just received my Ninja Black and Redneck ezgo wallets and they exceed expectations! I love the packaging and presentation, but mostly how easy they are to use! This is one of the best run Kickstarter projects I have been lucky enough to back. Your commitment to quality and excellent communication has made waiting well worth every minute. Sorry for all the exclamation points, I'm just very excited to use and show off my new wallet!!!!"

Risks and challenges

We have already been hard at work designing and building prototype devices and applications. From an engineering standpoint the risk is low. We are using proven technology and utilizing off the shelf Chip sets. The 9-axis motion sensor will require some calibration and tuning but some of the engineers we are working with have developed a Motion Air Mouse using the same chip so we are confident final development will go smoothly.

Manufacturing is key to making the PebbleBee affordable so the masses can adopt this great device in as many ways as possible. We need your help to get this off the ground! The PebbleBee team has been in discussion with several manufacturers and are finalizing production plans. There are large tooling costs to make the PebbleBee casing, and manufacturing of the PCB boards. We demand the best quality control to ensure all PebbleBees meet strict specifications. We will work closely with the manufacturer to meet these stringent goals. We will do everything in our power to provide you with world class customer service and will replace any defective PebbleBees.

We have a solid software development plan and we are confident we will deliver a quality PebbleBee application. We are using the PebbleBee for our most precious items, so quality is truly #1.

The PebbleBee will also need to go through BQB Bluetooth certification as well as FCC certification. We don’t anticipate any issues as the Bluetooth chip is already BQB certified, but all Bluetooth devices are legally supposed to go through this expensive certification process. There are many expenses that we cannot pay for and we really need your help to make the PebbleBee a reality and in your hands.

Our main goal in this venture is to deliver a high quality functional device that will make your everyday life easier and more enjoyable.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!
The PebbleBee team (Nick and Daniel)

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 2 or more About $2.00

    Sneaker Peeker Deal - Get all the inside info and backer updates with a chance to contribute and add your comments on the PebbleBee project discussion board.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $16 or more About $16

    EARLY BEE - 1x PebbleBee Honey - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled PebbleBee with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 100 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $18 or more About $18

    One Honey: 1x PebbleBee Honey - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled PebbleBee with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    969 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    One Hornet: 1x PebbleBee Hornet - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    673 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    One Dragon: 1x PebbleBee Dragon - Qi Wireless Charging, Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    378 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Honey Beta Tester: 2x PebbleBee Honeys - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled PebbleBee with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery. Receive one early for beta testing, and then another with final backer shipment. Add $16 for every additional PB.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $85 or more About $85

    Five Honey Light Pack: 5x PebbleBee Honeys - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled PebbleBee with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    394 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Hornet Beta Tester: 2x PebbleBee Hornets- Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery. Receive one early for beta testing, and then another with final backer shipment. Add $16 for every additional Honey, or $33 for every additional Hornet.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $153 or more About $153

    Six Honey/Hornet Mix Family Pack: 3x Honeys and 3x Hornets. Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery. Hornets include 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass) and Temperature sensor. Honeys ship separately in May.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    217 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    Ten Honey Family Pack: 10x PebbleBee Honeys - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled PebbleBee with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    58 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $170 or more About $170

    Five Hornets: 5x PebbleBee Hornets - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    73 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $220 or more About $220

    Five Dragons: 5x PebbleBee Dragons & a Wireless Charger - Qi standard, Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    45 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $245 or more About $245

    Ten Honey/Hornet Mix Family Pack: 5x Honeys and 5x Hornets. Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery. Hornets include 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass) and Temperature sensor. Honeys ship separately in May.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    37 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $261 or more About $261

    Nine Honey/Hornet/Dragon Mix Family Pack: 3x Honeys, 3x Hornets and 3x Dragons. Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery. Hornets & Dragons include 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass) and Temperature sensor. Dragons are Qi Wireless Charging standard. Honeys ship separately in May.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    36 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $330 or more About $330

    Ten Hornets: 10x PebbleBee Hornets - Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $355 or more About $355

    Ten Hornet/Dragon Mix Family Pack: 5x Hornets & 5x Dragons. Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery. Hornets include 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass) and Temperature sensor. Dragons are Qi Wireless Charging standard.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $380 or more About $380

    Ten Dragons (without charging base): 10x PebbleBee Dragons - Qi standard charging, Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $405 or more About $405

    Ten Dragons: 10x PebbleBee Dragons & a Wireless Charger - Qi standard, Bluetooth Low Energy enabled with 3 motion sensors (3-Axis gyroscope, 3-Axis Accelerometer and 3-Axis Compass), Temperature sensor, buzz speaker, spark LED, multi-function button and replaceable battery.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    16 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (37 days)