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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.
Hone is a Bluetooth 4.0 device for your iPhone 4S that helps you find your keys - and it's made in the USA.
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All hands on deck

Holiday time is almost here but Louis and I are working through the new year! It's been a little while since our last update and now I want to run down the status of every part of the project.

The case

The case has changed a bit since the prototype we showed in our video. One notable difference is in thinness - you said that was important to you and so we redesigned the board to be a smidge longer but single-sided. That change resulted in a case that is a little bit taller but 15% thinner than the original, as you can see in the photo below. Please note that this proto does not have the final case finishes applied, but even so it pairs nicely with an iPhone 5, in my opinion!

FCC and CE certification

Wireless testing isn't exciting but it is crucial, and we've submitted our supporting documentation for our certifications and our specially-modified boards are going off to the lab as early as tomorrow.

Firmware and iOS app

We needed the firmware to be virtually done in order to get the boards to FCC, and it is - Louis will nip and tuck a few final bits before we ship, but it's basically set. The app is functional and we've been taking the extra time to polish it. It will be done and submitted to the App Store soon.


I took a quick video of a Hone I triggered and as you can hear, it's loud! 

As always, thank you for your support and have a great holiday season!


Geoff & Louis

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    1. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on January 21, 2013

      Leo: We are looking at after the first half of February, yes. I'm working to have firm dates for the next update. Thank you for your support!

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      LC on January 21, 2013

      Re: shipments in February

      Would it more like toward the end of feb?

    3. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on January 17, 2013

      Michael: The board is still in the lab - we've had a few (par for the course) testing issues, but it should be done soon. For now we're sticking to our estimate of starting shipments in February and doing everything in our power to make that happen. Stay tuned for the next update, and thanks for backing us!

    4. Michael Seidl on January 17, 2013

      Looks very good! Have you got the FCC and CE approval yet?
      Any new plan for a shipping/going to market date?

    5. Shane Bowman on January 4, 2013

      Super excited! Great job guys!

    6. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on December 20, 2012

      Chris - I don't think we're going to make CES this year, but we'll be there next year for sure!

    7. Chris Herbert on December 20, 2012

      Looking good. You fellas headed to CES?