An umbrella has one job—to keep you dry. But if you lose it, it’s not much help. So how do you prevent someone from losing an umbrella? We’ve created a new way for your umbrella to communicate with you, reminding you that you’re about to leave it behind. Yes, your umbrella will talk to you.
Fortune: Finally, smart tech comes to your rain gear. The umbrella is basically impossible to lose.
Gizmodo: It's a simple but effective way to make it easier to justify spending a few more bucks on a nice umbrella.
The Dishh: Sounds like another way to make our lives simpler--we're sold!
GearHungry: Davek's Alert Umbrella is expertly built and reliably holds up against strong winds.
CoolThings: Since a high-tech umbrella won't be much use if it gets damaged, the Davek Alert is built for durability.
Bloomberg Business: The Davek Alert offers a real-life benefit to the Internet of Things.
WEB3IOT: The Davek Alert is well constructed and elegant.
The Upscout: It just easily and simply connects to your phone to alert you when you’ll need it.
Loss Alert: How it works
Hidden in the handle of this sleek umbrella is a tiny Bluetooth-based "proximity chip." This chip broadcasts a silent signal, read by your smart phone. By connecting the chip to your phone, we’re able to build an invisible leash between your umbrella—and you.
The feature will automatically activate when you pick up your umbrella. Now, if the distance between the chip and your phone exceeds a certain distance—30 ft or so—the umbrella would send a reminder to your phone. Never forget your umbrella again!
The Bluetooth LE chip is powered from a plain coin cell battery, easily available at any hardware or drugstore. It's designed to go into sleep mode when not in use, so a single battery will last 1-2 years (depending on use). The battery is easily replaceable.
Setting it up is easy. Download our free app on your phone (via Apple App store or Google Play).
Simply hold the umbrella near the phone for 60 seconds. The umbrella will automatically connect. You can easily turn the alert off or pause it for the day. Plus, a convenient weather module will show you the forecast, letting you know if you’ll need an umbrella for the day.
On top of everything else, this is no ordinary umbrella. In fact, we’re pretty confident that this will be the BEST umbrella you will ever own. The frame is uniquely strong, and engineered for durability.
The canopy fabric is ultra-thin and very strong. It’s made of 190-thread count microfiber fabric, the tightest weave available. A special water repellant treatment forces water to bead—and roll right off.
Push button system is auto-open and auto-close. Push once to open, again to close. If the umbrella ever inverts, just push the button to automatically revert back to closed position.
Davek Loss Alert uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to keep your umbrella by your side. Because BLE consumes very low power, a single battery will last for months, if not years, longer than any GPS or other wireless device. Radio distance varies slightly from actual distance, depending on nearby materials and obstacles, so there may be a minor variance when a notification is sent. The proximity chip is powered by a CR 2032 coin battery. We've designed the chip to detect when the umbrella is in use and when it's not. If it's not in active use, it will go into sleep-mode. The second you pick it up, it goes into wake-mode. The module complies with all FCC, IC and CE certification requirements. Warranty for this item will be determined after development.
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Our love of design and devotion to craftsmanship is embedded within each umbrella that comes off our production line. Beacon technology is very new stuff, but some ideas are just too cool and timely to resist early development. This is one of them. It takes a useful, yet underappreciated device—an umbrella—and brings it into the realm of the internet, allowing you to interact with it, and it to you. With your support, we can make this project a reality.
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Risks and challenges
Over the past few years, we have established long-term reliable relationships with leading suppliers in the umbrella industry to confidently make the best umbrellas in the world. That being said, beacon technology is very new. There are always indirect or unseen events that may arise during the development of cutting-edge tech. Final integration with third party systems (Apple and Android) offers further complexities. We’ve partnered with leading consultants in chip design and proximity technology to minimize this risk. We hope to run everything as streamlined as possible and on schedule.
We will keep all backers updated constantly throughout the manufacturing phase to ensure that we stay true to the proposed delivery schedule.
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