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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 24 2015 12:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

  • Caller ID with Push Notifications to your Smart Phone
  • Block Telemarketers from Calling your Landline
  • Setup Personal Do-Not-Call Lists

HEYO!

Heyo is a web-connected caller ID and telemarketing blocker for your home. When your landline rings, Heyo quickly determines the caller information and pushes it to your smart phone wherever you are. Notifications come through on your iOS and Android device, allowing you to stay connected and never miss a call again. We even have an app for that new Apple Watch of yours, Heyo!

If you back the Heyo, the device will be shipped to you in retail packaging. It will come with a power adapter and telephone cord so you can connect the Heyo to your landline.
If you back the Heyo, the device will be shipped to you in retail packaging. It will come with a power adapter and telephone cord so you can connect the Heyo to your landline.

TELE-BLOCKER

Heyo also has the ability to block telemarketers. We call this feature Tele-Blocker. After the first ring, Heyo quickly compares the number to thousands of well-known marketing numbers and silences any telemarketing robo-calls. 

In the chance the Heyo misses a telemarketer, you can flag the number on your phone and register it as a robo-number. As more numbers are added to the Tele-Blocker database, the better the Heyo will get at blocking calls. To help maintain and grow this database, we will require a subscription to gain access. But to show our appreciation, all Kickstarter backers who purchase the Heyo will get a lifetime subscription to the Tele-Blocker!

Heyo will also allow you to set up your own personal block list. This enables you to customize who and when people can call your house. Finally put an end to those late night calls from your crazy Aunt Jessie!

Block Telemarketing Calls
Block Telemarketing Calls

SETUP

The Heyo requires a Wifi connection to communicate with the Tele-Blocker and send out notifications. Plug your landline into the Heyo and then optionally re-connect your telephone to the additional phone jack. The Heyo is powered using the included power adapter. Once you have installed the Heyo, you can use the iOS or Android app to continue device setup.

PROGRESS

We have made tremendous progress over the past 4 months taking the Heyo concept from idea to product.

Here you can see our proof of concept showing we can decode the caller id information and push it along the Internet to a mobile device.

Proof Of Concept
Proof Of Concept

Next we slimmed down the proof of concept and tucked it inside a generic enclosure for prototyping. Once we were satisfied with the results and finalized the design, we sent out an order to get our circuit boards made. In the mean time we set up a 3D printer and produced an enclosure to verify our mechanical design. So far so good!

Prototype the Prototype
Prototype the Prototype

The 3D Printed Prototype was acceptable, however it left us with limitations. It was difficult to get the transparency through the 'h' just right, and the ridges created by the PLA plastic would just not do. We needed verification that our enclosure could work, so we hooked up with Protolabs located in Minnesota and had them machine our part out of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). The results where fantastic and we are really excited to move forward with volume production.

Final Prototype with HDPE Plastic
Final Prototype with HDPE Plastic

APPS

The Heyo will pair with companion apps available for the iPhone and Android. These apps allow you to setup and configure the Heyo as well as receive push notifications whenever Heyo receives a call. Use the app to set up custom block lists and view call history. From within the app you can also call or send messages to the call list.

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OPEN SOURCE

Are you a hobbyist or developer? Do you enjoy tinkering with electronics and writing your own code? Emma Technologies proudly supports the open source community, however acknowledges the reality of  a capitalistic market. If we open source our entire product, then we are essentially releasing instructions on how to implement a product we wish to productize. With that in mind, we are currently exploring various license models to figure out the best way to achieve a complete and open device.

For the time being, we have developed an API to the Tele-Blocker. This will give you access to the globally defined block list, as well as private block lists as set per device. You will be able to read and set values, essentially creating your own portal to the Heyo device.

All Kickstarter backers will receive a lifetime subscription to the Tele-Blocker list. This means you will never have to pay a fee to have access to the universal marketer’s list. Heyo!

We Love Open Source
We Love Open Source

EMMA TECHNOLOGIES

At Emma Technologies, we embrace design and technology. We offer years of experience designing innovative and simple solutions. At the core, we strive to cut through the noise and stand up with equality, simplicity, and hard work.

Our team consists of Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical engineers, all earning top marks in their studies. Combined, we have over a decade of experience working in the military, medical, and educational industries. We are highly motivated and dedicated to delivering simple, quality products.

Over the past 2 years we have designed and released over a dozen apps for the iPhone and iPad. If you would like to see some our our previous work, head over to the Apple App Store or check out our website highlighting our top apps.

ASSEMBLED IN AMERICA

Designed in Massachusetts. Assembled in USA.
Designed in Massachusetts. Assembled in USA.

Emma Technologies is an American company located just south of Boston, Massachusetts. We believe strongly in the American worker, and that is why we are committed to keeping our manufacturing and design team stateside. We have chosen to put the American worker ahead of the American profit. 

Think about that, we are a technology company who refuses to outsource our labor and move jobs overseas in order to save a few dollars. Because of this, our prices may be higher, but our integrity and quality is top notch. We take pride in saying the Heyo was designed in Massachusetts and assembled in the USA.

PLEASE AND THANK YOU

Thank You
Thank You

When you pre-order a Heyo device, you aren’t just purchasing piece-of-mind for your landline; you are also investing in the future of Emma Technologies. We have many exciting products in our pipeline for your home that we just can’t wait to get in your hands. Your funding will help us get there!

But most importantly, THANK YOU. Thank you for reading our bio, thank you for believing in us, and thank you for giving us an opportunity to live the American Dream.

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Please feel free to send us a message at Heyo@emmatech.us or through KickStarter and we will do our best to accommodate. We will also update this page and the FAQs periodically so be sure to come back and stay tuned!

Risks and challenges

This is our first physical product going to market so there are plenty of learning opportunities. We have spent the past few months lining up our supply chain and talking to manufacturers. Our design team has been hard at work finalizing our mechanical and hardware designs. The retail packaging has been designed and printing presses have been contacted. So what’s left? Bringing it all together and scaling up production.

But with all the preparation, we still expect to run into some challenges. We will need FCC Part 68 Certification- we have anticipated this in our budget and timeline, but that doesn’t guarantee the certification process will work as expected.

Testing and verifying compatibility with various phone carriers will be another hurdle. So far we have verified compatibility with Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast- but that still leaves many carriers. If they have all adhered to the correct standard, then the Heyo should work just fine.

We are also on track to obtain a patent for our proprietary system. If you have ever obtained one before, then you know it can be a drawn out process. Few prior works exists, and we are doing everything possible to differentiate ourselves and avoid lawsuit.

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