About this project
Uncrate: "Spend less time looking and more time doing."
Wired: "Hone Means No More Searching For Keys"
Huffington Post: "Phone? Check. Wallet? Check. Car keys? Uh oh. [...Hone solves] that common problem."
Mashable: "Hone, a Bluetooth 4.0 device and iOS app that makes finding your keys less stressful."
Cult Of Mac: "Thanks to its super low power needs [Hone can] remain functional for up to six months."
Never Lose Your Keys Again
My partner and I lose our keys almost every day, so we decided to do something about it. Hone for iPhone 4S and the new iPad 3 is Bluetooth low energy device for your keychain that lights up and audibly vibrates when triggered so you can find your keys. It runs for six months on an included battery and has a 150+ foot range.
Here's How It Works
When you receive your Hone, put it on your keychain and download and launch the iPhone app.
The app and device will pair automatically. To find your keys, just tap the Find button in the app.
If you don't hear or see it immedately, walk around with the app open. Hone has a built-in proximity sensor so you'll know when you're getting closer or farther away.
Hone only works with the iPhone 4S and iPad 3.
The included CR2032 battery lasts six months, and depending on usage you may see better results.
The Bluetooth 4.0 low energy chipset we use has a range of 50 meters or 164 feet. Effective range can vary in real-world environments.
The case dimensions are 2 1/8x1 1/4x1/2in (54x32x15mm). Hone weighs just 0.6oz with battery.
For the vision-impared, the Hone app's proximity sensor on can be set to audibly respond so you can hear when you're getting closer to the object you're looking for. The app supports multiple Hones so you can use the app to find all the objects you're looking for.
Hone Is Hackable
Although we're focused on making the Hone app as easy to use as possible, we know people want to modify and play with hardware they own - and we think that's great! After Hone launches we will publish our device UUID and Bluetooth profile. That way, if you have a great idea for a hack that requires a Bluetooth low energy device with a long battery life, Hone should fit the bill.
Made In the USA
As we explored doing this project, we realized it would be possible to keep production entirely in the United States - it cost a bit more, but not as much as we expected, and there are many advantages: knowing that the workers putting this together are treated fairly, increased control over and communication with our supply chain and simplified shipping and distribution.
We're not against global manufacturing. It's just that we saw a way to do things a little differently and bring Hone to market in a way we could feel good about.
Why We Need Your Help
We're just two guys and electronics manufacturing is an expensive, complex endeavor. Our funding point is set at break-even for our forward cost - without Kickstarter we wouldn't be able to manufacture on spec and absorb all those costs. We think Hone is useful and cool and if you agree we can make this happen!
Video directed and edited by Kat Dennings.
Much advice and technical help supplied by Rob Vlacich and the members of Hive76. Philly stand up!
Eagle image CC BY-SA 2.0 mnlamberson.
Call your iPhone from another line to find it, then use that to locate your Hone.
Hone will send you a push message when your battery is running low.
No. This is because older iPhones don't have Bluetooth 4.0 chipsets.
Hone requires a Bluetooth low energy baseband which some Android phones have, but there's no standard interface to. Once Bluetooth low energy is included in the base OS, we will be VERY interested in supporting Android phones.
We're not sure if it's technically possible for the Hone hardware to work with Pebble, but we're HUGE fans of theirs. If it turns out to be possible, we'll write an app - how cool would it be to find things from your wrist?!
Unless Apple radically changes its philosophy about wireless devices, absolutely yes.
Under clothes or magazines, absolutely. Wall penetration can vary based on composition.
If you submerge it in water, it will stop working. If you take your keys out in the rain, no problem.
From the Kickstarter FAQ (http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backers#HowCanIChanMyPledAmou): "Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded."
Unfortunately iOS 5 doesn't support that functionality. Also, there are no buttons on the Hone case!
Yes! When you add a second Hone, you get a list view in the app with a proximity sensor for each device. Each Hone can have a unique name.
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