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About this project

We are Team RoboKiller, and this is the beginning of the end of the robocall epidemic! 

Winners of the FTC’s Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back Competition.

Every day, robocalls invade our homes and distract us from our lives. In the worst cases, these automated telemarketing and scam calls facilitate fraud and identity theft. RoboKiller is a mobile app solution that stops robocalls. It is here, it works, and it is scalable.

 Why Kickstarter?

We just won the $25,000 grand prize in the FTC's Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back competition! We’re asking for your help to raise an additional $75,000. Our vision is to transform RoboKiller into a service that will help people live free from phone harassment. 

Stopping robocalls is something we feel passionate about because they are more than just annoying. In the worst cases, they are used to defraud and harm people. By adding features that also stop human telemarketers, provide inbound and outbound call recording services, and help people get better information about callers, we believe RoboKiller will change lives for the better. 

Backing the RoboKiller Kickstarter campaign gives you immediate access to the RoboKiller beta, and guarantees you 6-12 free months of a paid RoboKiller product. With every dollar you pledge, you help us get even closer to making a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

How We Stop Robocalls

Calls forwarded to RoboKiller are processed by our robo analytics engine (RAE), which uses our audio-fingerprinting technology to analyze each call. Our novel algorithm uses more than a dozen points of analysis to determine whether a call is from a robot, as well as real-time data lookups to determine if a robocall is from a legitimate, legal source.

Before a user’s phone rings, we trick robocallers to start playing their recorded messages so that we can start our analysis. Live callers hear traditional ringing during this process. If RAE determines that a call is from a robot, it never rings through; we send it straight to the user’s SpamBox in the RoboKiller app. Humans, on the other hand, ring through to the user as soon as their legitimacy is confirmed.

Our robo analytics engine is the backbone of the RoboKiller service, but our mobile app is what will make our solution available to everyone. Most solutions to the robocall problem have had limited availability because they rely on integration with telephone carriers, or telephony services. RoboKiller relies only on call forwarding, which is universally available on both landline and mobile phones. So for almost anyone with a smartphone, RoboKiller will provide a real solution to their robocall problem.

A Few Questions (and Answers) 

Why do you hate robots so much? Have you seen Terminator? You should hate robots too. We are technology guys, and when we are not working on RoboKiller in our free time, we spend our days working for a company that lives and breathes phone privacy and security. It is what we are passionate about, and we think robocalls are more than just an inconvenience. The really bad ones prey on the vulnerable, and steal and defraud good people. 

Will RoboKiller solve the robocall problem? RoboKiller recently won the FTC’s Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back competition, so we are well on our way. It works on mobile and landline phones and it is super-accurate in discerning robots from humans. We are confident we can stop robocalls and improve lives.

How does it work? How do you know if a call is from a robot? RoboKiller automatically forwards calls to our robo analytics engine, which is an audio fingerprinting algorithm that determines whether a call is from a human or robot. Humans ring through, but robocalls are killed and sent to a SpamBox on the RoboKiller mobile app. RoboKiller’s audio fingerprinting algorithm looks at more than a dozen points of analysis to determine if a call is a robot or human, all while simultaneously checking caller ID databases to determine if a robocall is legal or illegal. This brief analysis takes place while a caller listens to artificial ringing, providing a normal inbound calling experience. 

How can I get it? RoboKiller is a mobile app that is currently being offered to beta testers. If you are interested in RoboKiller, you can donate to our Kickstarter by selecting an option that includes the beta version of the app. 

Who are you guys? We are Ethan Garr and Bryan Moyles. We have day jobs with a pretty incredible mobile apps company called TelTech Systems. We were given permission by the company’s executive team to build RoboKiller on our own time, so we did. Bryan has a lot of experience with audio recognition technologies, and Ethan brings product design and management skills to the table.

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Please help us bring the RoboKiller dream to life. Robocalls are used to hurt people, and our app can make a difference. We need and appreciate your help.

 
 

Risks and challenges

Building apps is hard work, but we will make every effort to bring this project to life. Our Beta is already a functioning product, so we think we are well on our way to solving the robocall problem from everyone. Every effort will be made to deliver your rewards on time, but please understand if unforeseen circumstances cause delays.

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