SafeBand is a smart, secure and trustworthy solution to keep daily life as protected as possible. We combined a unique approach, newest technology, stylish waterproof steel casing and the most useful features in one safety device. But don't take our word for it - see for yourself how SafeBand can protect your privacy, your things and even your loved ones.
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We are Hideez, a team of Ukrainian product and software developers, brought together by Regina Sergiyenko, our CEO in Kansas to create the device that will bring peace of mind to its owners.
The result of our project is an indispensable wearable safety solution. SafeBand and MiniTags are the only tracking devices on the market able to find your smartphone is you lose or misplace it. Your SafeBand can be a smart watch with social notifications, a way to control all your valuables, a fitness tracker and a smart alarm. More importantly, it protects you from dangers and threats of everyday life. Let SafeBand remove nuisance from your life, and concentrate on the really important.
When you're Christmas-shopping in a mall, you can be safe that your kid will never get lost in the crowd. When you buy an expensive bag, you rest assured it won't be stolen. If you have to walk through a dark alley, or feeling unwell, a call for emergency help is just one button push away. And you will never have to run around like a headless chicken looking for car keys ever again. SafeBand will make sure you are the master of your fate.
So what exactly does SafeBand do?
In a word... a lot. We’ve tried to make it as useful as possible, so fitted quite a few features already - and are going to add more.
SafeBand protects your property, and can find lost things. All you have to do is put a MiniTag on something - or someone - and they’ll not stray too far from you without you noticing. You can MiniTag you dog’s collar when you take it for a walk, give one to your kid when you take them to a crowded place and are afraid of being separated. You can MiniTag your carrion in the airport so that you don’t leave it at the gate.
What makes MiniTags different from other tracking devices? You don’t need a smartphone! Our MiniTags are not just passive chips controlled by your cell. It is a smart device, with a lot of features, and connected directly to your band. Why is that important? First, it means you don’t ever lose your phone. The MiniTags keep working when your phone’s battery is dead. You can leave them to guard something, and they’ll record every event. If you’ve MiniTagged your smartphone, and someone tries to touch it in your absence, the front camera of your phone will even take a picture of the culprit, so you’ll know who’s snooping though your stuff. Plus, each has a really loud buzzer that will go off if something is wrong. We found the loudest buzzer on the market to make sure you actually hear it on the street.
How does MiniTag know something is wrong? It measures the level of connection signal to the band. Once it falls past a level you chose, it sends an alarm.
SafeBand protects you. We wanted to make sure that the owner, not just his possessions, are safe. So in case of any extreme or unpredictable situations, you can use SafeBand to call for help, or send an emergency text with your GPS coordinates. One push on the Panic Button can save your life. With SafeBand application, you can make the button do other things - make calls, send texts, take pictures, start voice recording. Each MiniTag also has this magic button.
If you MiniTag your vehicle, the device will track its movement and alert your emergency contact if a high-risk situation happens. This Accident Alert feature will also engage your phone to send a text message with your GPS coordinates and information about the type of situation the MiniTag detected
SafeBand and MiniTags preserve your privacy. By connecting to your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth, the band and MiniTags work as an identifier. Which means that your computer will be locked and unlocked automatically, and you won't have to type in the password. The MiniTag will measure your proximity, and unlock when the SafeBand wearer is near, or lock when he’s far.
For that you’ll need to set up SmartLock via our SafeBand application (which will be free, open source, and we’ll provide the SDK) SafeBand itself doesn’t store the passwords, so even if somebody gains access to it, they won’t get to your access keys.
Also, we encrypt all the data transmitted by Bluetooth, so once you set up your SafeBand, it’s almost impossible to break the code even if someone intercepts your BLT signal. The encryption method sends randomly generated codes to the bracelet only once, after that all the BLT transmissions are already coded. Of course, you should do the first setup somewhere safe and private!
SafeBand can detect when it’s taken off your hand. If you’re forced to remove the bracelet from your hand, it will stop working as an identifier and won’t give access to your gadgets.
How does SafeBand do all of that?
SafeBand is using the newest Bluetooth 4.1 standard to join MiniTags and smartphone (tablet) in a network. Yes, we know there’s a Bluetooth 4.2, and it’s all the rage. Hideez developers are studying what information is available now, and we plan to integrate it when it actually comes out in 2015.
For now, we are the first device to implement BLT 4.1. For some of our features, check out these videos:
How to set up SafeBand and MiniTags:
How SafeBand modes work:
This is how MiniTags can be found at home:
This is how the smartphone password protection works:
These are the hardware solutions that make SafeBand possible:
How can I customize SafeBand to fit my lifestyle?
Your SafeBand will also understand when you’re at home, at work or in less safe environments, and will adjust its range and level of protection accordingly.
It will go into home mode, office mode and outside mode by learning to recognize your GPS locations, Wi-Fi networks and proximity to other MiniTags.
It means that when you leave a tagged device on your office desk, it will not send alarm signals when you go for coffee or need to visit a bathroom. However, it will notice when somebody tries to disturb it, and let you know. At home, you will have the option to turn off SmartLock and have your devices stay automatically unlocked.
When you’re in public, though, SafeBand turns into a watchdog and guards you and your valuables very closely - it will alarm you about loss of signal to MiniTagged objects at even the closest range, if you choose. You can set different ranges for different MiniTags at the same time, because you don’t need your wallet, your car and your kid at the same proximity, and you still need to control the location of all of them.
One of the more useful features of home mode is searching for tagged objects. The application will locate your valuables, if you happen to misplace them inside your house. Finding where you left your car keys will never be a problem again - you can make the buzzer go off on any of the MiniTags of
your choice, or you can locate them by measuring the signal, if you enjoy a quest.
SafeBand is designed to be secure. It has a waterproof steel casing. Just make sure that when you go swimming in it, you’re wearing a silicon strap - the leather ones will not look good after soaking in water.
SafeBand can fit any style. For now, we offer leather, double turn leather and silicone straps. We’re also designing steel, titanium and silver straps so that you can be safe in more formal settings.
Leather comes in four basic colors - black, white, red and brown. Silicone straps can be black, white, gray, cyan, green, orange and pink.
For Kickstarter only, we are able to manufacture the straps to fit your hand specifically - therefore, there is no ‘one size fit all’ compromise. The backers will have to specify their wrist circumference, and their Kickstarter bands will be perfectly fitted. After that, SafeBand will come in six standard sizes.
Changing straps is as easy as taking the wristband off – just pushing two buttons. And the straps can be made in any shape, material or color you want - SafeBand has a standard steel bracing that you can fix to any custom-made or DIY strap if you choose, the bracing comes as part of Standard and Comfortable SafeBand sets. This way your SafeBand will have a new design whenever you feel like it. Meanwhile it’s sleek, stylish steel body will work with variety of looks.
Safeband set includes:
USB dongle to connect Safeband to a computer which doesn't have Bluetooth 4.0 embedded
charger connector (SafeBand to USB)
a set of straps
SafeBand user manual
MiniTags (with batteries) when specified
Mini set includes:
MiniTag (with batteries)
USB dongle to connect MiniTag to a computer which doesn't have Bluetooth 4.0 embedded
- MiniTag user manual
Where we are now
We have completed the development of the electronics for both bracelet and tags, and produces a couple dozen prototypes. Android application is almost ready, and just requires a few finishing touches. We have completed testing the software for iOS, and we need more time to finish the application. However, the team is certain the application will be done in time for the shipments.
The models of the band and tags’ bodies, as well as all the accessories, are also finished. The first prototype of the band and the tags that you see in the videos and photos were manufactured, and after testing we’ve optimized them both significantly. The resulting body will include a larger battery and improved jacks.
The body of the band requires a specially shaped battery, and we have agreements with several manufacturers to produce it. This is why, for now in the videos you only see a regular mass-produced battery connected to the prototype.
We’re also in negotiations with several manufacturers of leather bands, and working on the design. Besides the silicon band, we will have two types of leather bands to offer. We will show both of them in the nearest weeks.
We’ve also come to an agreement with a USB dongle manufacturer, and checked that the accessories we offer in the set are fully compatible and work with Windows, MacOS and Linux.
With this Kickstarter project we’re looking for your assistance to finish developing the application and start manufacturing the band that will take care of you and your valuables.
Risks and challenges
All the electronics and the body of the device are already developed. The hardware and software we have now are fully compatible with iOS, Android and Windows (desktop only). For the duration of Kickstarter campaign, we plan to optimise the user experience with both mobile and desktop applications. The risk here is that software development may run into delays should technical problems occur. However the existing application is fully able to cover the main functions of the device. Our developers have vast experience with app development, however, and the risk that the product will be shipped without fully functional application available is minimal.
Some of the SafeBand features are also not compatible with iOS. Therefore, in order to use Smart Lock options for your iOS devices you may need to override them with jailbreak.
Mass production of SafeBand is currently in tender with several established manufacturers. As a part of our tender procedures, we have performed thorough due diligence of each manufacturing facility. All the drawings, technical documentation and data necessary for mass production with each of the manufacturers is prepared. As part of our hardware development process, we’ve specifically developed the wristband’s body to mitigate any technical problems during mass production. However, there is always risk of delays when mass producing technology. These may occur due to quality control - once the manufacturing starts, our team will order control batches of SafeBand to make sure the final mass produced version is up to our high standards.
After manufacturing and quality control, the SafeBand will be assembled and delivered to KickStarter backers. As we are unable to personally deliver each and every SafeBand to your door, there’s always a chance of unforeseen delays due to customs or transportation difficulties. To mitigate this, we will use the shipment services with proven track record of timely and safe delivery of goods.
SafeBand is unique in the sense that it is both a peripheral device for the smartphone and the master device for MiniTags at the same time. This feature is enabled by Bluetooth 4.1 interface, not presently used by anything on the market yet. This standard is new, and has not been mass produced by Bluetooth chips manufacturers. SafeBand uses the pioneer alpha-version of Bluetooth 4.1 developed by Nordic Semiconductors. However, our team has found, after exhaustive tests, that all the features work perfectly, and the only limitation we’ve encountered in alpha-version of Bluetooth 4.1 is that for now, no more than three MiniTags can be connected to the device at the same time. The production version of Bluetooth 4.1 will allow us to increase this number. Also, as production ready firmware is released in 1Q2015, the Bluetooth 4.1 memory use will be optimized, and we will be able to add features and functions to SafeBand. All the updates to Bluetooth 4.1 will be downloadable, so SafeBand will not require any physical changes as the standard improves.
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