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The Worlds First Smartphone Interactive NFC Jewellery

A new way of giving Jewellery that has hidden within it your personal message, photo or video, viewed using an NFC Smartphone.

The Worlds First Smartphone Interactive NFC Jewellery

A new way of giving Jewellery that has hidden within it your personal message, photo or video, viewed using an NFC Smartphone.

£7,102
pledged of £20,000pledged of £20,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 7 2013
Last updated November 7, 2013

About

Kiroco jewellery is an innovative way of sending a special message, whether words, a photo or video, within a piece of jewellery that can only be viewed from the recipient’s jewellery, by touching the jewellery with an NFC enabled Smartphone.

This world first method of sending secure messages to loved one's jewellery uses Kiroco’s own Emotional Technology, which integrates an NFC chip within beautiful jewellery.

We have created our jewellery and App with a triple check security feature, so your personal messages stay personal.

All our disc type jewellery will also fit on most bracelet brands, including Pandora, Chamelia and Troll Beads among others, to make our jewellery even more flexible.

Our story so far:

At Kiroco we are first and foremost expert jewellers and we know how to make amazing jewellery, including third and fourth generation jewellers and an international award winning design team with over 100 years combined experience. With skills in design, world distribution and innovations in technology to bring innovative products which will transform the jewellery market.

We first heard about NFC (Near Field Communication) as a Technology over two years ago, We thought it sounded great, but after doing some research we found it had limited possibilities. NFC chips or tags come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all do the same sort of things: Pass on your contact details, Connect/follow you on Facebook or Twitter, Take you to a web page, Open doors, Call a pre-designated number for you and more similar basic actions.

After having thought if we could even get an NFC chip or tag into a piece of jewellery we decided upon a few options. But most items of jewellery you wear are Gifts that were given to you on a special occasion, like on a Birthday, Anniversary or for a Christmas present and why would anyone want that special gift to open a door or follow you on twitter? It just detracts from the original sentiment and is not very exciting! 

So we set about trying to think how and even if, we could get that sentiment to somehow mean even more. We realised that at the time of giving or receiving a gift you usually have a card as well, that has a little 'best wishes' message pre-printed inside, that then you add your personal message to whomever is the person receiving the card. Now trying to find a card that looks nice and portrays the emotion you're trying to get across is always a nightmare to find, so what to do?

We eventually came up with the idea that what if the jewellery could hold the message and a picture or video, that not only would that be really personal, but also make that gift even more sentimental and say even more than just the jewellery or a card itself.

But how do we do that?

We started working on getting an NFC tag or chip into a piece of jewellery. The great thing about an NFC chip or tag is it does not need batteries or any charging, as it used the power of the NFC reader in the Smartphone upon contact, to read the information on the chip. But we found that most of the tags are too big to work and don't look aesthetically right in jewellery. Initially we lost sight of the jewellery and got too focused on the technology with the outcome of not very pretty and basic jewellery. So we decided to focus on what we know. By making first and foremost everything look like beautiful jewellery, then trying to add the technology! At the same time we were developing an App to work with an NFC enabled Smartphone and with our jewellery so that you would not only be able to put a message, video or picture in the jewellery, but also be able to change, update, send and store a new message to the specific piece of jewellery, all whilst being fully aware of security and how that message has to remain very private and personal to you. That's why we developed a triple security method of keeping your personal messages personal!

So after 2 years of Researching, Experimenting, Designing, Creating, Developing, Prototyping, and Testing....

Playing with early ideas.
Playing with early ideas.
Some of our early jewellery.
Some of our early jewellery.

Eventually after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we managed to create beautiful jewellery with an NFC chip inside that has our 'Emotional Technology' built in and that works perfectly with our App to deliver your Personal Emotional message....

Our flat disc's can fit on most popular bracelets or necklaces.
Our flat disc's can fit on most popular bracelets or necklaces.
Our Swarovski Crystal disc makes a great pendant.
Our Swarovski Crystal disc makes a great pendant.
We have brought the locket into the Digital 21st century!
We have brought the locket into the Digital 21st century!

Our new type of locket pendants can not only hold the traditional picture of a loved one or a lock of hair, but also Videos, Photo's and Messages to make it even more meaningful and sentimental.

How our Lockets open
How our Lockets open
Our initial collection is just the beginning!
Our initial collection is just the beginning!

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Capture the memories...

Kiroco is redefining the jewellery genre - where jewellery can interact with your NFC Smartphone to unlock the emotions associated with the gift. This is why we have various Patents applied and have now taken these Worldwide, we also have Registered Trademarks. 

Kiroco is making technology wearable and also humanizing technology, creating a new trend of Emotional Messaging by connecting all of the traditional sentiments and bringing them to life, through our interactive Smartphone Emotional Technology. All our disc designs and crystal discs are also made to fit most fashion brand bracelets currently in the market, making our jewellery even more flexible. 

We use an NFC Chip inside our jewellery that does not need batteries or any charging, as it used the power of the NFC reader in the Smartphone upon contact, to read the information on the chip. It is also fully waterproof, so no need to worry about it getting wet. We found after a lot of trial and error and development that this NFC chip we are using now with our technology, to be one of the most durable and reliable on the market, able to withstand heats from -20 up to +150 degrees C and withstand pressure and chemicals.

All our jewellery is made out of Sterling Silver 925, making your precious messages even more precious. We also only use the best Swarovski crystals to get that lovely sparkle of colour.

You can send a message from any Smartphone, laptop, PC or device that has internet access. The size of message is going to be 140 characters, the same as a Tweet, and the video length is 15 seconds, as Instagram and longer than on Vine. these are standards we feel people are used to working with.

The jewellery itself is beautiful. Yet with the addition of a personal message accompanied with words, photos and videos that can not only be stored but also updated, changed, and sent again and again - this creates an amazing timeline of our most precious moments. It is totally secure, ensuring every personal message can only be viewed on the specified Smartphone. We are calling it 'Emotional Messaging’

Imagine on your wedding day receiving a new piece of jewellery from your fiancé, which when you touch it with your smartphone it plays a video of him saying ‘I love you. See you at the altar.’ Or a child sending a cherished family photo to their dad on his birthday. Or a mum and dad sending a video message of love to their child on their first day at college. The reasons to send private personal messages are in abundance and yet all will touch the emotions of the message recipient.

You will be able to upgrade to Kiroco Timeline which will store all your personal messages, photos and videos, creating a time capsule of special memories that can be cherished for years to come. Imagine being able to hand down a lifetime of memories to your loved ones. 

In an extremely competitive gift market Kiroco firmly repositions our jewellery as           THE gift to give that keeps on giving. This is Intelligent Jewellery using our Emotional Technology. A new genre in jewellery.

Kiroco jewellery is a truly memorable and sentimental gift which delivers the perfect message time and time again. 

At the moment our Emotional Technology App is only available for Android phones, but we are working on all other platforms for the App and hopefully will have those well on the way during our time on Kickstarter. We have also sourced an NFC case for the iPhone and will be working on getting an iOS version of the App.

 

It's so simple...

Kiroco jewellery is easy to use for both the sender and recipient of the messages. Just follow the 3 simple steps....

Step 1 - Gift the jewellery

Decide which lucky person is going to receive the jewellery.

Every item of Kiroco jewellery is presented in lovely packaging and all will come with a simple instruction sheet.

Step 2 - Send a message, photo or video

Next upload your first message, whether text, photo or video, to the jewellery, ready to be viewed when the recipient receives their gift.

To send future messages, simply log onto our dedicated website which can be accessed from Any Smartphone (iPhone included), tablet, laptop or PC.

Step 3 – Delivery of a message

Once the recipient has downloaded our Emotional Technology App. The recipient of the gift will touch the jewellery with their NFC enabled smartphone. For the first message, connectivity to the internet is required as the jewellery will direct the phone to be authenticated. The recipient will be asked to confirm their phone number which should match the number registered by the person who gave the gift. Once confirmed all messages can be read by touching the jewellery with the specified NFC enabled Smartphone. The Smartphone notifies the wearer when there is a new message to view by touching the jewellery again.

Thank you for your interest and we're sure there is a reward for you!

If successfully backed, we are aiming to hit delivery for the end of January, as we know this would make a fantastic present in time for Valentines day and a great way for you to start using our amazing Emotional Messaging jewellery. 

We have planned for placing the orders from all our backers at the time of our project ending on Kickstarter. With our partners at the factory in Thailand all ready and waiting to get started once we place the order. They then have a six week lead time before completion and delivery. We will then be sending out everything to all our backers in the second and third week of January, with arrival at your door for the last week of January. 

We are on Kickstarter to generate some much needed funds to help take us into full production of all of our jewellery designs and colour combinations and also we will be able to produce some of the future ideas and designs we have. 

We have currently been to Thailand several times to find a suitable partner to produce our jewellery to the high quality we require. After thorough research we have found the perfect partner who can do everything we need.They have a fantastic knowledge, with a great track record of producing high quality jewellery on a large scale. They have a very modern factory with all the latest tools and equipment, like laser welders, 3-D wax printers, state of the art casting facilities and loads more. It's a great environment to be in and around as jewellers ourselves and we loved spending time with everyone there. They have been shipping items worldwide for a long time, so we don't see any problems coping with distribution. Between us we have worked out how to make the production of our Emotional Technology Jewellery perfectly scalable and together created fully working samples of our jewellery ready for them to set up the tools needed to produce large quantities for us once we place the first order. We need to be able to get everything produced at the correct price point! Therein lies the issue, as the quantities that we need to order to get to that price point are very high numbers and need a substantial amount of money to place that order. 

That is where you all come in! 

With your help we can hit the target required for the first full production order and then we will be able to take it to show it worldwide to get even more interest and create a buzz around the new concept of our Personal Emotional Messaging and at the same time you can help us revolutionise the jewellery industry and how people give a gift to one another.

We have got further versions of the App in development and are wanting to be able to offer customers the chance to have a themed border around the message. Think snow and holly for Christmas or pumpkins and ghosts for Halloween or balloons and streamers for a Birthday? That is where you can join us, as we are aiming at making this Open source initially for the selected backers of the £5 reward option, meaning you can design surrounds or frames for everyone to choose to use within their messages and as they would have to purchase the desired option you would get a percentage of the sale!

Reward details:

£2  

(approx. $3) A BIG THANK YOU! for helping and believing in us. We will keep you up to date through emails of our journey and keep you informed of any future ideas and offers.

£5 

(approx. $8) An even BIGGER THANK YOU!! As well as keeping you informed as above, we will add you to the list of stand-out thanks on our website. We will also add you to the list of future on-commission developers, as we intend to offer themed frame design options (like Christmas, Birthdays, Halloween etc)  within the messages, which you design and then get a share of the sale.

£8 

(approx $12) This is a Special edition promotional Kickstarter green, silicone rubber bracelet. It is not made by us, but made and customised for us, to include our Emotional Technology. This is a great way to introduce you to our innovative Personal Messaging.

£15   (Anticipated RRP £30)

(approx $24) Our unisex Sterling Silver and real leather bracelet, with tie fastening to fit everyone, Also with free App to use our fantastic Emotional Technology.

£30   (Anticipated RRP £45)

(approx $47) Your choice of one of our great Sterling Silver discs. Choose from the Union Jack or Hearts option. Can be used as a charm on a bracelet or as a pendant on a chain. Including a rubber bracelet with silver fastenings for it to go on, and free App to start using our Emotional Technology.

£45   (Anticipated RRP £69)

(approx $62) Our sparkling Sterling Silver Crystal disc pendant, made using genuine Swarovski crystals and including a black rubber necklace and our App, ready for you to use our Emotional Technology.

£60   (Anticipated RRP £88)

(approx $94) Our beautiful modern, slim, triple-hinged Sterling Silver locket, set front and back with CZ stones, with a lovely Sterling Silver necklace to wear it on and our App to start using our Emotional Technology.

£75   (Anticipated RRP £105)

(approx $110) Our Stunning Sterling silver triple-hinged Orb locket, set front and back with CZ stones. Including a lovely Silver necklace to wear it on, and our App ready for you to use our Emotional Technology.

£210   (Anticipated RRP £354)

(approx $329) A collection of 5 of the above rewards: Union Jack disc, Hearts disc, Crystal disc pendant, Flat triple hinge locket and our triple hinged Orb. All with the specifics as in the above reward details.

£1750   (Anticipated RRP £2460)

(approx $2747) An amazing 9ct White Gold version of our stunning flat, slim, multi-functional triple hinged locket. Set with real Diamonds and with a beautiful 9ct White Gold chain to wear it on, also with the our App to start using our Emotional Technology.

£5000

(approx $7850) An unbelievable opportunity to come along to our workshop and sit with our award winning design team and design your very own locket type pendant. Using 18ct Gold and Real Diamonds, up to the value of £5000. We will also include an 18ct Gold chain to go with your design. (travel expenses not included)

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Some stretch goals:

We will be amazingly happy and thankful if we hit our target, as that will allow us to get our jewellery into production on a larger scale, at the quality and price point we need, to get all our jewellery out there, so the rest of the world can share in what you helped to launch. But if we exceed our goal, we want to be able to give something back to you all for your support and belief in us. So we have got a few other points, that if we hit, will let us be able to get produced some great further options to offer you. 

If we hit £50,000 we will not only be amazingly grateful, but we will be able to offer the flat discs in several colour options, white, red, green, blue, yellow, purple, pink and black.

If we hit £75,000 we will still be amazingly grateful and it will let us offer you the Swarovski crystal disc pendant in a variety of colour crystals and colour enamels also. Again we will be able to offer matching enamel and crystal in white, red, green, blue, yellow, purple, pink and black. 

If we hit £100,000 not only will we have to pick ourselves up off the floor, but we will always remember your kindness and in turn we will be able to offer the lockets with several different colour Swarovski crystals set in them, choose from white, red, green, blue, yellow, purple, pink and black. 

The next goal is a big stretch, but it's possible! With your help if we hit the total of £250,000 we will be able to offer all our first backers of the disc style charm the bigger choice of a Star design, Tulip design, Lucky Clover design or a 'Love You' option in any of the following colours: white, red, green, blue, yellow, purple, pink and black. 

We have various patents and trademark applied and have now taken these Worldwide. 

If you have any Questions please don't hesitate to contact us at info@kiroco.com

Or check out our website for more information on our jewellery and future ideas at: kiroco.co.uk

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Check out our review on NFC World
Check out our review on NFC World

Risks and challenges

Our initial risk is if we supersede our goals, we will have the challenge of hitting all the delivery targets for all our backers, but we are confident we have scalability in place if this is the case.
At the moment our Emotional Technology App is only available for Android phones, but we are working on all other platforms for the App and hopefully will have those well on the way during our time on Kickstarter. We have also sourced an NFC case for the iPhone and will be working on getting an iOS version of the App.
As we are working in a technology arena, it is fast moving and always changing. Therefore our parameters for the design of the jewellery has to accommodate and work with the size of the NFC chip created, to ensure beautiful design and message readability. We are in a unique position with the design team we have and developers working with us, to be able to move very fast creating new designs and adapting our technology so we won't be left behind if new technology arrives or evolves.
Many people may also have a charm type bracelet. All our disc designs will fit most popular brands already out there, this has huge potential in its own right. Keeping our jewellery flexible is a challenge we like to have.
Some mobile phones are reducing the strength of their NFC readers to lengthen battery life as the technology is evolving. So we have to keep ensuring the strength of our various chips' readability is strong enough to work with any reader on any device, Smartphone, tablet etc

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