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Your new smart safety-wearable.
With Crewbands, we developed an easy-to-use system that alerts instantly in case of an emergency and shows vital information for the rescue operation on the screens of connected phones (no cell signal required). Our hardware will support the search and rescue operation, even help to prevent it.
Crewbands are solar powered, improve both the connection quality to the app as well as the working range and are equipped with a smart water sensor. The technical design and circuit board have been optimised for energy efficiency, connection stability and daily use.
When spending your day on a boat, preferably in the sun, you might not want to constantly be reminded of possible mishaps. This is why we tried to minimise the size of the Crewband and keep it light. You will be agile and free, but always safe - this is our premise.
We also wanted to create a device that can be worn 24/7, without first having to attach it to your safety vest or jacket. The energy efficiency we achieved allows for up to 2 days of complete darkness, after which you might want to charge your Crewbands using any light source available to you - even a lamp will suffice.
Want to try the system first?
Our apps are free of charge, so you can download and try them out any time. If you want to test the system first, simply connect to your fitness tracker or smartwatch. That's right, you can also use them as safety wristband. Of course, the connection stability and range will depend on the hardware you use, and we cannot speak for how good it will be.
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The start of Team Crewbands.
After thorough testing in rivers, lakes and the sea, we decided to talk to professional sailors and fellow developers. Their feedback encouraged us to proceed and make this product real.
During the Vienna Race of the Austrian Sailboat Racing Series, we showed the prototype to sailing professionals and enthusiasts. They did not only like our product, but also our presentation - especially the part where they got to throw one of us in the water constantly.
As we are ocean enthusiasts, we had to tip our hat to one of the great oceanographers. We mean this quite literally, which is why we wear red beanies - which you can purchase as well, check out our rewards.
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Risks and challenges
We have been working on Crewbands for over a year and developed the key parts such as the electronic, watertight wristband and Android (available) and iOS app (awaiting approval any day now). The founding team are experts in their field and know the necessary steps to bring Crewbands to the market.
To gain more real life experience with the quality and reliability of a Crewband, the next step is to conduct a big test round with sailing experts over several month in different conditions. This may lead to insights that make changes to the current version necessary.
However, we know that life is not always fully predictable and there might be unforeseen troubles waiting for us on the road to mass production. We have a great network of industry partners and other startups that have manufactured products before. We will further leverage this network to ensure we can bring our Crewbands to life and into your hands.
The main challenges we see are:
To prevent false alarms, a good bluetooth connection reliability is key. We will put a lot of effort into optimising the connection range in specialised laboratories to ensure a good user experience.
Packing so much technology in so little space at this price point challenges our goal to make each Crewband safe to dive with up to 10m. We put a lot of effort into assuring you will anyway be able to wear the Crewbands 24/7, even if you dive for the anchor.
To sell Crewbands in Europe, North America and other selected regions, we need to comply, amongst others, with CE and FCC certifications. This process is complex and can potentially require more time than expected.
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