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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.
1,132 backers pledged $85,426 to help bring this project to life.

Hone ship schedule

Hone is through FCC

We just got word that Hone has been certified by our FCC testing lab, which means we can begin building the boards. The test lab expects the FCC to issue us our Grant on February 27, meaning we can legally start shipping the next day. This date is not set in stone, and there's always the possibility of a last-minute issue slowing something down, but if all goes according to schedule (see below) we can begin shipping units February 28. Louis and I will be at the factory for line start and ensure the first Hones go out to backers ASAP! We'll have pictures and details in the next update.

Shipping survey

Keep an eye on your email for a shipping survey from Kickstarter - we have to confirm your shipping address before we send out your Hone(s)! Already a few people have emailed me about changes of address; please, once you get the email from Kickstarter, confirm your correct address so we can get your rewards sent to the right place.

Detail schedule

We have firm dates and lead times from all of our suppliers for everything we need to finish Hone. Some of them are going to send partial shipments - plastics, for example, will start showing up on day 3 of their production if necessary. All days below are business days.

Already sent to the factory: Keyrings, battery pull tabs, stockpiled components.
PCBs: 5 day lead time from tomorrow.
App and firmware: The firmware is done baring last minute tweaks, and Louis will submit the app to Apple on Monday.
Plastics: First article samples 2/15, possibly a day or two for mold tweaks (unlikely, but possible), 8 days to complete run, partial shipments after day 2.
Electronics assembly: 15 days to complete the run once PCBs and components are in, which should be by no later than 2/18. As I said above, we'll start getting units as the production gets underway and should have some ready to go after the FCC Grant goes through.

All Best,

Geoff & Louis


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    1. greezer on February 28, 2013

      Sorry, I meant "so, did you send out my Hone today"? :)

    2. greezer on February 28, 2013

      So, to which address did you ship my Hone today?

    3. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on February 24, 2013

      Greezer - I'm headed out to the factory tomorrow (Louis is already there), otherwise there are no updates to the schedule above. Thanks for backing us!

    4. greezer on February 24, 2013

      any news yet? you should be shipping in 4 days, but no update since more than two weeks

    5. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on February 15, 2013

      Jeroen - the app has been submitted to Apple and is in review; assuming it passes through we have set it to go live on the 28th of this month, since no one can use it before they have the hardware anyway.

    6. Jeroen van Kooten on February 15, 2013

      Did you guys launch the hone app yet? cuz i was checking the dutch app store and couldn't find the app yet..

    7. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on February 15, 2013

      Leo - not yet, those are going out soon!

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      LC on February 14, 2013

      Just want to check if the address confirmation email has been sent out or not yet.

    9. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on February 8, 2013

      Ben - sorry for the delay! I don't want to give a date for production end because there's still a little squishiness in the schedule, but we will get stuff out as soon as we possibly can. A Hone weighs 0.7oz with battery and measures 6x3x1mm.

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      Ben Martin on February 7, 2013

      What is the weight for the final product, and the dimensions?
      This would be appreciated.

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      Ben Martin on February 7, 2013

      Yeah lots of other things to locate except keys :)
      So I calculate that backers are due to receive 1743 hones. If I ordered last, how long is it going to take to get the last ones made? So when should all the backers have got their hones?

    12. Geoffrey Litwack Creator on February 7, 2013

      Ben - I wouldn't trigger the Hone when it's around your cat's neck, because the buzzer is quite loud and he might extract ninja vengeance. That said, you could put it on his collar and find him using the proximity display in the app without actually turning the Hone on!

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      Ben Martin on February 7, 2013

      Congrats and well done :) I'm thinking of using mine as a safe aid in training my cat (tied to his collar) so when the hone is triggered he comes to me, or something similar? good / bad idea guys?