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Hone is a Bluetooth 4.0 device for your iPhone 4S that helps you find your keys - and it's made in the USA.
1,132 backers pledged $85,426 to help bring this project to life.

Hone Is Late - iOS app video

Posted by Geoffrey Litwack (Creator)

Hone is late
We are officially joining the 75% of Kickstarter design and technology projects that are late. When we launched we told ourselves we'd have tons of padding in our ship estimate, but as of today we know we're going to miss it.

What went wrong?
Before we went live on Kickstarter, we were focused on the hardware engineering and software design - proving out that we could make Hone - and should have put more effort into understanding supply chain issues and dependencies prior to launch, especially given that Hone involves regulated wireless technology, which we hand-waved, thinking we knew more than we did. This was hubris, and we take full responsibility.

What are we doing about it?
There's been a lot of talk this week about how Kickstarter projects should manage expectations and accountability to backers. The consensus is transparency and communication, which is how we've been doing things and plan to continue. So:

  • This delay is an issue of needing more time, not of the project floundering. All of our suppliers and service providers with the exception of cardboard box packaging are set, and we are in position to make and deliver a high-quality hardware device that does exactly what we promised.
  • Rather than rely on backer updates for dribbling out updates to our schedule, I am publishing the Gantt chart with our roadmap and dependencies I use day-to-day for project management, which is at
  • I'm here to answer your questions. You can contact me through Kickstarter, directly at my email address or even call me at 304-LITWACK. If you have any concerns, please make me your first stop.

How long will the delay be?
We're not sure yet. Today, as of this email, we're certain to miss October but don't have a new firm ship date. The chart is our best model of how things go from here. The dates and times are based on the most pessimistic outcomes - we are pushing to shave as much time off every step as we can, but not at the expense of quality.

Hone for iOS
Louis is at work on the software, and it's getting pretty close! Attached is a video he narrated showing off the new UI and explaining some of the features.

Next update
We finished our factory tours last week and in the next update we'll explore who we're going with and what happens at each step in the production process. We were able to meet almost every single person who will be involved in making Hones, from factory owners to production engineers to workers on the floor who keep the lines running, which was super exciting - more on that soon!

With gratitude,

Geoff & Louis

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    1. Anna Adam on

      Yay!! I'm becoming a bit of an iPhone 5 snob and favoring apps that make use of the new real estate :) Looking forward to Hone!

    2. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on

      Sydney/Jonathan: Hone will definitely work with iOS 6, and will be optimized for the screen of the iPhone 5!

    3. Jonathan Tabarejo on

      got this update a while ago. thanks for the update btw. wondering if the app for the hone will be ios6+ compatible since ios6 is officially released with the new iphone5.

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      sydney waring on

      thanks for keeping us informed. will the hone work with the iPhone being released 9/12?

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      Corey Panno on

      Great update! Transparency and honesty earn patience. I came into this from the start with the expectation that the planned ship date was a goal, and not a promise. Deliver a great product as quickly as your best speed will allow and I will be a happy backer.

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      David Sosa on

      It's all good. Thanks for keeping us up to date. We're you backers--we've got your back. Keep at it. We know you'll get it to us as soon as possible. Product looks great.

    7. Anna Bevens on

      Ditto on the thanks for the update and the honesty and I absolutely agree with the comment that Kickstarter does NOT = Amazon. I appreciate that this was a really hard update to post, and you get huge kudos from me for taking ownership of the whole process, warts and all :) Good luck, keep the updates comin', and I'm enthusiastically (and patiently) happy that I'm a backer of Hone!

    8. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on

      Everybody, thank you for your patience and understanding. This was a hard update to write, but I had to share what we knew as soon as possible, and that's how we're going to proceed: we will keep you informed at every step of the way. Again, THANK YOU!

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      Cindy Fowler on

      I'm ok with the delay. I like your honesty. Agree with the comment that I didn't buy a finished product, I bought into a real live development process.

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      Rachel Hollowgrass on

      Your transparency is great, and hearing about the process is informative. Thanks to Louis for the video. It's good to see his design process as well.

    11. Philippe Thibault on

      I don't mind a delay,

      I kickstarted an idea that I wanted to see be made real, I didn't buy a finished product from Amazon :)

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      Costikyan Jarvis on

      Thanks for the update. No worry on the delay - looking forward toward the functionality!