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James HymelBy James Hymel
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James HymelBy James Hymel
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$38,934
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
542
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 3 2016 2:41 PM UTC +00:00

About

KiQ is a smart gadget that links wirelessly to your phone. He notifies you of incoming calls and messages; tracks your appointments AND entertains you with an ever-expanding library of jokes written by up-and-coming comedy writers.  

It’s a groundbreaking combination of technology and personality in a cute plush body. BONUS: no litterbox.

KiQ connects to your phone via Bluetooth and will alert you to incoming calls and messages in its own cheeky way. With KiQ you’ll never miss a call or text because you’re in another room or forgot to turn your ringer on.

But KiQ is much more than a loyal personal assistant. He’s also your own private standup comedian, tailoring jokes to your specific sense of humor.

And KiQ is tactile—pet him on the head for a joke you like or smack him for the ones you don’t. (Important Note: DO NOT try this with real live standup comics. OR actual cats. Trust us on this.)

KiQ is very social. You can rate his original jokes using the app AND share the ones you like on Facebook, Twitter or whatever new social media platform your friends are pressuring you to join this week.

  

How to Communicate with Your KiQ

We spent months researching existing personal assistant technologies and found them all to be lacking in…what’s the word? Oh yes--personality. Let’s be honest, Siri is a dull know-it-all. And that GPS-direction lady just yells at you when you take a wrong turn! 

We wanted a personal assistant who will keep us organized and on schedule but who can also be fun and irreverent. Plus we’re allergic to real cats. So we created KiQ.

KiQ's Talks

 

KiQ's Cool Features

Our intention has always been to keep the technology simple, the experience fun and to deliver on the promise of a personal assistant who you’d want to keep around. Now we’re ready to share KiQ with the world. We believe millions of others will enjoy KiQ, too. 

Help us bring our vision to life by supporting this project—and pre-order your KiQ now.

Show your love for KiQ and play an important role in the project’s future!

KiQ New Perks


 

 

KiQ Perks

 

 

  More New Perks

Coming as the $40,000 funding will be reached. Tell your friends about KiQ!
                                         

 

   

What Makes KiQ Tick...

The unique design you see today reflects the original idea from our very first sketches.

We've also developed original hardware to ensure that KiQ has an exceptionally long battery life and a great clear voice. This hardware also enables him to differentiate between different types of touch.

A built-in accelerometer connects physical interaction with KiQ to the Cloud.
KiQ’s app helps manage and fully personalize your individual KiQ. So…how does this all work?

KiQ connects to Wi-Fi and retrieves new jokes from our cloud-based library of material. It also uses cloud resources to analyze your humor preferences and store your taste profile. Which means if something happened to your plush friend, you can get a new body and simply download your KiQ’s "mind" from the cloud.

KiQ creates notifications from your smartphone. He never shares any of your information with anyone. KiQ does not listen to, or repeat, anything your write or say. 

KiQ Application

KiQ also comes with a free downloadable app that allows you greater control over his performance.

KiQ Cloud 

KiQ Cloud stores a library of thousands of jokes…with more added every week by a team of hand-selected comedy writers. 

KiQ’s finds jokes tailored to your sense of humor using its innovative Joke Recommendation System. The system utilizes genetic algorithms based on spatial metrics between jokes.

In other words, every time you like or dislike a joke, KiQ sends your reaction to the cloud, creating a constantly-evolving humor profile just for you. The more often you provide feedback, the better the profile fits your preferences.

 

Meet the Team

Finally, meet the KiQ team, a motivated collection of creative types (read: super nerds), each with his or her own specialty. Some of us have extensive software experience across several domains, others are writers or PR experts…at least one is a pretty solid dancer (but we’ll never tell who).

 

Purpose of Funding

We want to manufacture an initial release of 1,000 KIQs, improve and expand the KiQ cloud and grow our library of original jokes to 1,000.

Why we need your support

The hardware has already been finalized so funds raised in this campaign will enable us to begin production. We have come this far but we need your support to take the next steps. 

Our team will work closely with the manufacturers to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible so you (and everyone else) can get their very own KiQ on schedule.

 

 

 

                 

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Eventually, KiQ will do so much more...

 

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Risks and challenges

In any endeavor such as this, there’s always the risk of bumps in the road and delays. The risk of unexpected events that stand between us and getting your KiQ into your hands. We thought it might be good to share some of those risks with you so you know what we are dealing with.

Component supply: KiQ, or any product for that matter, contains a significant number of components. These components come from different suppliers, which have different lead times for their components. If ONE of these suppliers has a short supply or a long lead-time this will delay the entire production, if a substitute cannot be found for that component. The risk is VERY LOW, because we have worked through the schedule very carefully with each supplier and even have ordered and received all the key technology components.

Enhancements in production: When in production there are a couple of parameters that can be improved during the process such as KiQ's sensitivity to different types of touches. Making such enhancements during the process will be in order to improve your experience with KiQ. We will do everything we can to ensure that KiQ ships with superior quality.

Shipping and customs: When we start shipping, there's always a risk of the product getting stuck in customs, either when we are receiving the products from the factory or shipping them to you. We have prepared as well as we can and hopefully there won't be any such delays.

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    The Unique KiQ Package

    You create five lines/jokes/notification/cries for help and we’ll record and upload them to your KiQ. Comes with KiQ. Simply add $15 to your current pledge.

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    The Valentines Day KiQ package

    An addition to your already ordered KiQ. You write five custom lines that we’ll record and your KiQ will say them on the Valentines Day. We’ll also send a KiQ Valentines Day card AND a lovely silk bag.

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    KiQ-ster t-shirt

    A quality t-shirt with KiQ’s image and one of his original jokes. There will be a handful of t-shirts with each joke, so consider yours a collector's item.

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    KiQ Evangelist

    Get your own KiQ. The best ever deal for backers dedicated to spreading the word about KiQ. Share KiQ on your favorite social media channels, with a friend who also likes humor, or submit to your favorite blog.

    KiQ will retail for ~$99

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    KiQ Early Bird

    The world's first personal assistant with the funniest personality will be yours! Get the Early Bird deal and start enjoying KiQ's wisecracks and teaching him about your humor.

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    KiQ the Desk Cat. Siamese.

    Get your very own KiQ, a personal assistant with personality who will tell you important reminders and keep you laughing all day. Enjoy fresh jokes tailored to your own humor.

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    KiQ the Desk Cat. Dark Gray.

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    2 plush KiQs with 1 set of electronics

    Get a KiQ that would suit your day mood. By switching plush bodies and easy to install set of electronics you can get a KiQ in a style which would work for your day spirit the best. Siamese KiQ for sunny days and Grey KiQ for rainy ones, or vise versa or any other way you would like to mix them! And yes, you can also upgrade your current pledge. Simply add 10 USD to it and we will send to you the second KiQ plush body without electronics along with the first one.

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    You get: a Siamese or Gray KiQ, five custom lines, a Valentines Day card AND a silk bag. You write five custom lines that we’ll record and your KiQ will say them on the Valentines Day.

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    Black KiQ

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    Two KiQs, for you and for your friend

    What's better than one KiQ? A PAIR of KiQs. Keep one for yourself and give the other to your best friend or significant other. We will ship the second cat in a gift box directly to your friend or send it directly to you.

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    KiQ in Exclusive Orange Color

    Let your personality shine with a limited edition KiQ in an exclusive orange color! Free shipping in the US.

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    KiQ in Exclusive Peach Color

    This KiQ is just peachy! Hand made just for you. Limited quantity in this peach color. Free shipping in the US.

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    Exclusive Collection of Four KiQs

    An exclusive set of KiQs for true enthusiasts and top-notch collectors. Four KiQs, each in their own color. A complete collection of the first edition of a completely new type of personal assistant and the world's first joke gadget. The most stylish combination of a cute plush toy with smart AI technology. Free shipping in the US.

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    KiQ's Quotes Leather Album

    An exclusive leather-bound album filled with the funniest quotes from KiQ and ten hand-made drawings. Add this unique item to your library and enjoy old-world technology alongside KiQ's modern innovation. Free shipping.

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