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Serenity: The World's First Intelligent Bag Guardian.

Clip on owner recognition for any bag with 100db+ deterrence of others from opening or moving it. Plus forget-me-not notifications.

Serenity: The World's First Intelligent Bag Guardian.

Clip on owner recognition for any bag with 100db+ deterrence of others from opening or moving it. Plus forget-me-not notifications.

$12,446
pledged of 40.000 $pledged of 40.000 $ goal
122
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 3 2016
Last updated March 3, 2016

About

Meet Serenity -  The World's First Intelligent Guardian For Your Bag.

We've all had the choice: Do I lock my things up or, am I willing to be chained to them with a nervous paranoia? Our bags exist to bring along the stuff we want to use, yet keeping a constant eye on them is stressful. And let's be honest, we humans make poor watchdogs. With Serenity, your bag will enjoy better than human protection, and you, can focus on the better things in life. Oh, and you won't be forgetting your bag anymore either.

Trackers and GPS are nice, but isn’t it better to not lose beloved belongings in the first place?

Instead of trying to find your bag AFTER it is lost, Serenity enables your bag to automatically recognize its owners, and deters others from moving or opening it (100db+). Serenity also notifies your smartphone or wearable if you are about to leave your bag behind. 

But having to turn something on and off all the time would also be inconvenient, so we made it automatic. Keeping The Proverbial ‘Eye-Out', So You Don't Have To.

 Intelligent Owner Recognition

We’ve enabled bags to know who is moving them, and if necessary take action. Serenity can automatically recognize you, and up to seven others by the smart devices you already own. Meaning you can move your bag but no one else can. While you are away, movement of your bag (not bumps) will first trigger a beep in warning, if ignored a 100+db alarm will trigger until your bag is dropped and still.

How to use the feature?

Simply open the Serenity app, add the nearby Bluetooth Smart Devices (wearables / smartphones) you would like Serenity (your bag) to recognize as you or a friend. As long as a saved device is near the bag it can be moved freely. You can add or remove recognized devices at any time. 

(Ladies you'll probably want to save your Wearable/Smartwatch for this as the phone is often in the the bag and not on your person)

Forget Me Not Notifications.

Serenity allows your bag to know when you are about to leave it behind, and will gladly remind you before you get too far away.

Sometimes We Leave Things Intentionally. But Where?

 

An Open Beacon Vision.

We believe everyone should be able to help regardless of device or brand. We've taken the initiative reach out to other Bluetooth enabled companies to create an open network where every member can help every other find their lost items. Although this probably will not yet be in place when your Serenity arrives, it will be compatible for the future.

Home Sweet Home.

Have kids, pets, in-laws? Not to worry Serenity can be set to automatically disarm upon discovery of your home wi-fi network, and will automatically restart protection when you take your bag out of the house.

Control Access to a Pocket

What is in your bag is valuable, and Serenity will make sure it stays safe. While enabled, opening your bag requires inputting a passcode or unlocking through the app. Opened more than three finger widths* without it, Serenity will first vibrate in hand as an instant reminder, triggering the alarm if the pocket is not immediately re-zipper or the key code entered. *varies slightly depending on bag and calibration 

This can also be set to only be active when you are away, depending on preference. 

Continually Have Open Bag Syndrome?

We all forget to close our bags sometimes. This can make is easy for things to fall (or be helped) out of them. Not to worry. If your zipper is unzipped, Serenity can be set to remind you with via push notifications or a beep.

Portable Locker For Swimming Scenarios:

Sometimes ALL of our smart devices need to be left where it's dry. It would be nice if there was a locker right where we needed it to keep them safe. Like on the beach when we want to go for a swim. (Why don’t they build them there anyways?) Well now your bag can do that for you and it’s simple!

Why Serenity is Needed: The Facts

It All Started On A Beach

Being from the cold north, I wasn’t going to miss my diving in the ocean, even if it meant ‘chancing it’. I get in, and it’s every wonderful thing I'd ever imagined about the Caribbean.

My bag however, sat alone and unattended on the beach. Soon enough the panic sets in. WHERE’S MY BAG? Several heart attacks later, I locate it safe and sound. I relax. PANIC: where’s my bag? Over, and again. Suddenly instead of relaxing on my vacation, which I had looked forward to for months, I was stressed and frustrated. I left the beach that day thinking: 

“Why do we have to worry about our belongings, shouldn’t we just know they are safe?”

This birthed an obsessive fascination of how human beings manage their possessions and how they are separated from them. From the day to day of natives and the wanderings of the nomadic, both the cautious and the carefree. Five years and thirty countries later, a clear pattern had emerged which even the best safety practices weren’t effective against.

We. Tested. Everything.

We started with interviews.  Locals, travelers, students, professionals, paranoid, carefree, as long as they were bag owners, we were there. We took that feedback into our design meetings, then held ever more interviews, and design meetings. We learned a lot about what and how, and why people used their bags. Particularly, how they protected them and how, they were getting separated from them. 

The real struggle was how to create a simple and easy protection to a bag's owner that was still robust enough to deter thieves. We didn't get it right on our first attempt. (concept clip on + la bomba). In fact, within about two seconds of trying it we realized no one was ever going to poke holes in their bag. 

We eventually got much closer to a human friendly solution, realized we needed to add in pocket protection and forget alerts due to feedback from interviews. Our team grew in size and experience, alerting us to a new risk: Bluetooth and Metal generally don't like being near each other and it can be extremely costly to work around it. Our design had to change dramatically.

First Concept (Bottom Left) - Kickstarter Version (Top Right)
First Concept (Bottom Left) - Kickstarter Version (Top Right)

Once more at the drawing board, we sketched, scratched our heads, and threw a mountain of concepts at the wall. We were totally committed to Serenity being as beautiful as it was useful. Several great concepts emerged, but one stood above the rest.

In the middle of all the exterior changes, we also began soldering, programming and testing our solutions on factory level components and our own hardware to make sure what was technically possible, also worked in reality.

We vetted factories, suppliers, shipping companies, certification requirements on pricing, capacity, quality, etc.  

And although all of that took a lot longer than launching purely on a concept (as we were encouraged by many to do), when the reaction to seeing our work consistently became: When Can I Get One!

We knew it was time well spent. 

Serenity went from idea to reality during a Master's program at Lund University, Sweden. Quickly growing from three Marketing and Design students in their upper 20's to experienced engineers in their 60's, and wide ranged of ages in-between of embedded programers, graphic artists, filmmakers and social media gurus. 

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All together we are: American, Australian, Chinese, Canadian, Finnish, Greek, German, Polish, Swedish, Taiwanese. Giving us the advantage of being able to see things from lots of different angles and the foresight to overcome global adaptation challenges.

We love the intersections of travel, design and technology. Come visit our blog if you'd like to read more on the subject and see what else we are passionate about. 

Timeline: Start to Delivery 

One of the most beautiful things in this life is exploring the world we live in.

It shouldn’t have to come with the worry looming in the background. To those of you that share that feeling, we ask for your support in helping us bring to your travels and your daily life a little more Serenity.

Safe Travels!
Safe Travels!

Risks and challenges

1. Certifications and Deadlines

As with all new products they must pass certain certifications and those often take 90 days to complete. Although we as have experience with many of them, and will be working with a local and professional certification company, there is always a small risk that something may not pass the USA, Europe and Bluetooth certifications in a timely manner, delaying final delivery. We will do everything possible to avoid such a situation, and if it does occur we will update you immediately with any adjusted delivery date.

2. 3rd Party Software Changes

A main reason of why we Serenity can integrate so smoothly into your life is how we have integrated it into the other devices you already own. There is always a risk that Android or iOS would change their code in a way that effects the way we currently integrate. Though we have been exceedingly careful to test and plan into their communicated paths, we ultimately have no control over those two giant companies. Additionally companies such as Samsung put their own software changes on top of the Android system so it may be a matter of adjusting our solution for only one particular phone model or company. Should anything like that occur we will of course adjust to find a workaround but that may delay some features being available upon delivery. Naturally, if anything does occur we will update you immediately.

3. Manufacturing

Although we are working with vetted experts in manufacturing, their first attempts might not be up to our standards for Serenity. This is actually pretty normal in the first couple iterations so we planned it on our timeline already. If it happens much more than normal, then it could cause a slight delay. The trickiest areas are in the mold making, and setup of the electronics automations. We'll be clear on what, if anything, happens to delay delivery and when the new date would be.

4. Acts of God

We naturally are working with outside companies on this, manufactures, shipping companies, box making companies, and we are people too. There is always chance that one of these companies will fail to deliver on time or boxes will go missing, etc. We aren't expecting anything to happen but again if anything does occur we will update you immediately.

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    YOUR BRAND + SERENITY
    Want Serenity's patent pending technology built on or into your brand of bags? You aren't alone. We would love to work with you, and we know for a fact that we are going to be pretty darn busy.

    Reserving us now means being able to offer the technology to your customers before anyone else. Increased Sales, Marketing, and PR opportunities abound.

    We'll adapt to enhance your brand, white label, and exterior make designs or a plethora other possible integration options which we haven't made public yet. The pledge will be applied to your first order including material costs, any mold changes needed, etc.

    We can't wait to be part of making your brand have the most popular bags on the market. For even more information contact us at: partners@serenity-siren.com.

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    *In the unlikely event we would not be able to come to a mutual agreement on cost, volumes, dates, etc, we reserve the right to cancel and refund the sum.

    **Please note, the delivery date will vary highly depending on the kinds of changes requested for integration.

    ***We know that decision making can take time at larger companies, we are offering at least a three month dedication of our engineering and design services (extendable) before working with other companies.

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