What is KitSentry?
KitSentry is a revolutionary, first-of-a-kind ecosystem of products designed to track, manage, and protect all of your gear. Many photographers and film makers carry expensive equipment. The peace of mind that users will get from always having the gear necessary for the task ahead, never leaving anything behind, and never again having to worry about their gear being stolen, is priceless.
KitSentry has many breakthrough features:
- Auto-connection and communication to App or Cloud via Cellular or extended range Bluetooth to protect goods across the room as well as across the world.
- In addition to Plug-N-Play, any of the millions of components on the market with NFC/RFID can be automatically populated.
- Even if your components don’t have NFC/RFID, you can use simple aftermarket NFC/RFID stickers/tags to add any device (camera, lens, stack of files, golf clubs, etc). Anything you can put a sticker on can be part of your KitSentry package.
- Range of operating modes to adapt to your circumstances for optimal efficiency.
*Battery Life subject to change depending on stretch goal accomplishment.
Our base funding goal is $18,000. All prices include global shipping. Items will be shipped from the regional warehouse nearest you: St. Louis, MO (USA), Tilburg, Netherlands (EU), or Hong Kong (Asia).
*To order extra NFC ID tags, just add $5 for each extra pack of 5 tags you would like.
Images from our Hardware Partner visit in January 2015.
Our first working prototype:
KitSentry was launched in 2014 to address a need in management, tracking, and protection of gear. KitSentry is part of the f-stop group of companies originally launched in 2006.
Since KitSentry is an f-stop company and our anchor integration partner, we plan to have a full range of KitSentry enabled products by Fall 2015. These products include:
- f-stop Internal Camera Units (ICU's)
- Lens Cases
- Millar Series
Patent Pending Technology. All KitSentry and f-stop Trademarks owned by f-stop and all rights are reserved. All other Trademarks owned by their respective owners.
Here is an overview of what our production and distribution timeline looks like for KitSentry.
We are going to have two different types of stretch goals, which will run concurrently. The first is related to product and the second is related to awareness.
Photo Credit: Lucho Vidales (main image background)
Risks and challenges
As an established brand, we know what it takes to deliver a great product. We've already selected both the hardware and software partner and they are both fully committed to the project. However, every project carries with it certain risks. The most common risks are potential delays in obtaining raw materials, packaging, and shipping. While we feel like we have reduced these variables as much as possible, they can never be completely eliminated.
We feel our experience with the product development process (more than 100 products since launching f-stop in 2006) and almost a decade of history in manufacturing gives us a unique skill set in handling unexpected problems. Most importantly, we will make sure to give frequent updates about progress so you'll always be informed about the status of the project. We think you'll find our transparency refreshing.
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