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About this project

Jackie, your peace of mind about your home.

What is Jackie?

Jackie is an indoor drone that syncs straight to your phone over Wi-Fi. 

With smart computer-vision algorithms running on the cloud, all you have to do is pull out your phone and check Jackie for peace of mind when you're away.

How do I use Jackie?

With an HD camera positioned on a quadcopter, you just need to use the easy, intuitive controls on a smartphone app to liftoff. 

After checking Jackie, land it back on its station where it will start wireless charging automatically.

Cool! So what's next?

We have developed a proof of concept using the open source quadcopter "Crazyflie". Now we'd like to work with manufacturers who have existing designs and tooling to modify the electronic peripherals and bring Jackie to your home!

Proof of concept with an open source quadcopter
Proof of concept with an open source quadcopter
Prototype of the Jackie mobile app
Prototype of the Jackie mobile app
"What is this?" wonders Zelda.
"What is this?" wonders Zelda.
Including upcoming publications
Including upcoming publications

What people are saying:

"The tech is brilliant."    -TechCocktail

"Jackie is an innovative technology... you can fly it around your home while you are at work."   - Dissecting Success podcast

"Wow! Coool!"    -Jackie's mom 

"Why do you have to start your own company? Why can't you get a job like your friends?"   -Jackie's dad

The founder, Jackie, pulling up some schematics on the monitors
The founder, Jackie, pulling up some schematics on the monitors
  • Wireless charging
  • Easy, intuitive controls to make crashes less probable
  • Flies right out of the box - minimal setup required
  • High quality (1080p) video so you can see what Jackie sees on your phone
  • Supports multiple viewer users for the whole family 
The co-founder, Ritwik, fiddling with a quadcopter
The co-founder, Ritwik, fiddling with a quadcopter

And even more details:

  • Free iOS/Android smartphone app to control and view Jackie
  • Soft propellers and blade guards to decrease risk of crash damage
  • Charging pad with a long electric cord to install on your wall or shelf
  • Mic and speakers on the charging pad
  • Cloud computer vision algorithms to detect anomalies
  • Storage and alerts from a cloud service
  • Internet connected software for regular firmware updates
  • Don't want to use your phone? Use the tablet/laptop web interface instead
  • An API for developers to write their own applications

What can Jackie be used for?

  • Jackie is the latest technology in home and business security, offering perspectives and mobility that are unmatched by conventional security cameras. 
  • Jackie can be used for security in gas stations and storage facilities, maintenance checks in power plants and IT centers, first response in airports, prevent shrinkage and shoplifting in retail stores, etc.
  • Jackie comes with a mic and speaker, allowing you to interact with your pet when you're gone. You can talk to your dog and hear what he/she has to say! 
  • You can also use Jackie as a baby monitor, making sure that your child is safe in the other room, or even a baby-sitter monitor, to make sure they put your child to sleep at an acceptable hour!
  • Jackie represents an innovation in the smarthome space. Jackie can be used, for example, to fly over to the door and make sure you locked it after you left for work. Jackie can fly to the kitchen and make sure you turned off the oven or stove. Jackie can notify you of whether your new Amazon package arrived, by flying to the front window. Multiple people can access the same Jackie, meaning Mom and Dad and the whole family can gain the peace of mind about their home.
  • And don't forget the pure fun and novelty of flying a drone inside your home! 

Jackie can be used as a security camera you can access on your phone - one that can fly! Jackie has smart algorithms to detect when there is suspicious activity. Jackie does not need to be flying in order for the camera feed to be viewed.

Jackie has many uses for enterprise:

  • Security in gas stations
  • Security in storage facilities
  • Maintenance checks in power plants 
  • Maintenance checks in IT centers
  • Prevent shrinkage (employee theft) in retail stores
  • Prevent shoplifting in department stores
  • First response in airports

Jackie can be used to check on your pet when you're away from home. The charging base has a mic and speaker, allowing you to see and talk to your pet when you're away.

Erin is at work, when she is reminded of Zelda.
Erin is at work, when she is reminded of Zelda.
Zelda!
Zelda!
She wants to see how Zelda is doing, so she pulls out her phone and checks Jackie.
She wants to see how Zelda is doing, so she pulls out her phone and checks Jackie.
Zelda is happily eating lunch!
Zelda is happily eating lunch!

 Jackie can be used to visually check on anything in your home. Did you lock the door, did you turn the oven off, did you leave your wallet on the table - you can check Jackie to see.

John and Jo are outside, when they remember - Did they lock the door?
John and Jo are outside, when they remember - Did they lock the door?
Jackie at home says yes!
Jackie at home says yes!
Looks good! says John.
Looks good! says John.
Let's go! says Jo.
Let's go! says Jo.
John and Jo happily continue on their walk.
John and Jo happily continue on their walk.

 T-Shirts

Someone mentioned that watching our video, they were expecting we'd find them a partner from our Kickstarter. So these are the T-shirts we're thinking about ordering! The QR code goes to our site. 

Like them / don't like them? Leave a comment!
Like them / don't like them? Leave a comment!

September - November 2014: Ideated and initial sketches.

December 2014 -  January 2015: Began developing prototype.

February - March 2015: Developed prototype & app.

April - May 2015: Kickstarter fundraising.

June - July 2015: Work with manufacturer to finalize PCB design.

September - October 2015: Manufacturing and inspection processes.

November - December 2015: Fulfill orders; packaging and shipping. 

Our initial goal was to ship by November. Any final issues or hiccups along the way, we have an extra month of leeway just in case.

JUST TO BE CLEAR - OUR INNOVATION IS NOT NEW HARDWARE.

Tooling (the frame, motors, camera, etc) is expensive and runs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. We don't have that money. So we are working with manufacturers who have existing hardware molds to edit and modify the electronics and software. There is a working app with video feed that controls the drone. We need to edit the electronics to put our own software on it and increase stability. We feel very confident in our ability to do this.

However, there's a chicken and egg problem -  they want a minimum order quantity before working with us on the full schematics, but we can't get a final version of the product to show you on our Kickstarter without having the pre-orders to talk to the manufacturers.

That's where you come in. Your pre-orders and backing will allow us to go to the manufacturers, and make this a reality!

Working with us is a solid manufacturing partner, and a plan to execute if we reach our Kickstarter goal.

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We have chosen an experienced intermediary partner to interact with the Chinese manufacturers. John O'Grady has over a decade of sourcing/manufacturing expertise in China, assuring that quality, safe products are made for entrepreneurs. We have shortlisted several factories with existing quadcopter tooling suitable for our needs in the Pearl River Delta area of China. By using a factory with existing quadcopter production, we save a lot of money on the hefty tooling costs, meaning our costs just go toward the PCBs, modified for our purposes with different peripherals. John will help us with this, as well as factory visits, quality control and inspection, negotiating the best price, certifications and licenses to export safe products to the world, and more.

No funny business.

If for some reason we are unable to deliver your Jackie pre-order after taking your money, we promise that that we will return your money back*. 

  • From the day the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will provide clear accounting and where each dollar is going, to our supporters. 
  • Founders are not taking salaries from the Kickstarter money.
  • Founders will be easily reachable (email and/or other avenues) by backers after the campaign.
  • If there are any problems or delays, the founders will notify backers in a timely manner.

We do this because this is how we would want to be treated, if we were backing someone else's project. And we believe this is the right thing to do. So lay aside your worries, and support our Kickstarter!

*To the best of our ability, and minus the Kickstarter, processing, and other fees.

Jackie, your peace of mind about your home.

Zelda likes food.
Zelda likes food.

$60,000 - SECURITY ALERTS, SENT STRAIGHT TO YOUR PHONE

Security alerts for when Jackie detects certain things, such as computer vision algorithms for motion, unexpected human detection, and noise detection, will be implemented so you can choose to receive notifications on your phone. You can view them immediately or store them to view later.

$80,000 - CLOUD STORAGE OF ALERTS AND VIDEO

We will implement cloud storage of suspicious activity, alerts, and user-chosen recorded data for several weeks as a part of the cloud services plan. This allows users to collect evidence or review patterns from weeks before.

$100,000 - PUSH NOTIFICATIONS AND TEXT SHARING

Making Jackie a somewhat social platform by allowing sharing of certain features that Jackie sees. Users will also be able to set alerts, alarms, and certain extra settings for push notifications onto the cloud or from cloud to phone.

$200,000 - THE WORLD'S FIRST "ROS"-ENABLED QUADCOPTER

We'd like to put ROS (Robot Operating System) onto an easily accessible quadcopter and allow roboticists and developers to use it for their own purposes. This will allow many more people to be able to develop using quadcopters. But since the researcher market is significantly smaller than the consumer or enterprise market and we have our hands full with the existing Jackie, we will need to hire developers and engineers to help make this happen. 

$300,000 - WAYPOINT FLYING AND AUTOMATIC RETURN TO CHARGE

We'd like to implement an even easier and more intuitive way for users to fly Jackie. By setting waypoints to your kitchen or bedroom for Jackie, including on the charging pad, users can for example tell Jackie to "Go to the front door," or "I'm done, return to charge," and Jackie will know where to fly. But this requires significant research and we need to have other UAV experts help us.

The final details will depend on modifications made until production, but here is our best estimate on what Jackie will be like when you receive it in your hands.

Size: 5 inches x 5 inches

Camera resolution: HD 1080p

Requires: Wi-Fi connection, smartphone, and outlet for charging base

Smartphone: Supports Android 2.2 / iOS 3.2 and higher

Battery time: about 4-6 minutes

Charge time: about 30 minutes

Our startup is called Eight Six Ninety-One Technologies, and we aim to create a line of robotic, Internet-enabled products for consumers and enterprises around the world. 

The name was inspired by the international backgrounds of the two co-founders: "86" is the country code for China, where Jackie's ancestry is from, and "91" is the country code for India, where Ritwik grew up. 

We hope our products will be used in homes and companies across America, and also one day our respective countries of ancestry.

Jackie Wu and Ritwik Ummalaneni:

Also, we couldn't have done this without the support of our friends! Thank you for helping us, Joanna, Florence, John, Erin, Aakash, Florent, and Mayar!

And finally, thank you for supporting our Kickstarter! Without backer support we couldn't make this a reality. Thanks for believing in us and our vision, and we hope to get Jackie to homes around the world soon.

Jackie, your peace of mind about your home.

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Risks and challenges

-Manufacturing and production
We are based in the United States and are using a sourcing intermediary to help us find and negotiate with Chinese manufacturers. It's possible there will be hiccups in the process that will take longer than we anticipated. But we are working with an experienced supply chain company who has many years of working with entrepreneurs and partnering to create new products.

-Continued hardware development
We must continue the process of tweaking, including the PCB layout and electronic peripheral components before production. It's possible we could run into some unexpected difficulties in this process. But we have friends and contacts who we can call on should we need extra help.

-Cloud services and software development
We have created a prototype app and some of the backend algorithms, but still need to deploy the code to a cloud service. It's possible we may find difficulties here that we did not foresee starting out. But we have a plan to implement this, and may hire developers over the summer to help us create it.

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    You will be placed on a special VIP donor list and receive a handwritten note expressing our sincere gratitude for your invaluable help in getting our project off the ground.

    In addition, you will receive 2 Jackies, with the option of embossing a name or word you select on each, in addition to a lifetime of free cloud software services and support for each Jackie.

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    THANK YOU IMMENSELY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    You will be placed on a special VIP donor list and receive a handwritten note expressing our sincere gratitude for your invaluable help in getting our project off the ground.

    In addition, you will receive two Jackies, with the option of embossing a name or word you select on each, in addition to a lifetime of free access of the cloud software services and support for each Jackie.

    Finally, you will be invited to our exclusive launch party held in Chicago, as well as dinner with the founders, and a tour of Northwestern University's beautiful campus and/or Chicago's downtown Loop. (Flight not included)

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    We are grateful for all our sponsors, but especially for generous supporters like you. You help make our projects happen. If you would like to become more involved with the project community and the work of our startup, you may reach out directly to communicate with the founders.

    As above, you will be placed on a special VIP donor list and receive a handwritten note expressing our sincere gratitude for your invaluable help in getting our project off the ground.

    In addition, you will receive two Jackies for yourself, and one gift Jackie for up to five friends, with the option of embossing a name or word you select on each. Moreover, you and all friends will receive a lifetime of free access to the cloud software services and support.

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