A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Poor mobile network coveragein secluded and remote areas, high costs of communication when traveling, breakdowns of the existing mobile networks in the cases of manmade or natural disasters; these are just a few of the challenges that conventional mobile networks face all the time. In such situations the communication is crucial but impossible.
Our personal experience with this problem drove us to develop our:
GOTOKY - World’s most advanced secure 100% off-grid communication device that enables smartphones, iOS and Android, to operate and create Mesh Network in areas where service is either nonexistent, unstable or excessively expensive.
When Gotoky is paired with a smartphone you can securely Talk (1-to-1 and group), send Texts (1-to-1 and group), activate the “Emergency” Location Beacon if in distress, use Navigation, Direction and distance to other Gotoky(s), share GPS locations with other Gotoky users on the detailed off-line topographic maps, as well use Real time Tracking, Route recording, creating events, Location Pinging etc. With Gotoky you can also create your own off-grid network.
The custom-designed mobile application for smartphone wraps up all the complexity Gotoky offers in an simple, easy-to-use and beautiful to look user experience.
All data transfer is highly end-to end encrypted.
By using the Chats mobile application, you can send or receive Voice recordings, Text messages and you can even send Event locations with Points of Interest.
All Voice recordings are immediately streamed. In the case that your Voice recording has been missed your Voice message can be played again as many times as you like.
In some cases when the frequency band is too congested our smart protocols wait for a free window and send Voice messages with hardly any noticeable delay.
This is not an issue with Text messages and location data, as these are much smaller packages of data.
With Gotoky you can have private 1-to-1 or Group Chats with anyone from your Gotoky’s app Contact list.
For Group Chats just create a Group and add people contacts to the Group. You can even start communication from the navigation screen.
All chats and data transfers are private and secured, meaning whatever you say or send can be heard or read only by your selected counterpart.
Gotoky enables up to 40 private 1-to-1 Voice Chats and more than 300 private Text Chats at the same time.
The “Emergency” Location Beacon is a “just-in-case” feature - when activated your call for help is being automatically and repeatedly broadcasted and relayed over the Gotoky network - so each Gotoky, including those beyond your range, will receive your distress call.
When other Gotokys receive the “Emergency” Location Beacon a big full-screen orange alert window appears to notify Gotoky users that someone is in distress. By clicking on the distressed person's information Gotoky users can easily check the location of the person or even start a conversation.
This particular feature can be activated by Gotoky itself- if the smartphone’s battery is being empty or even when the smartphone is broken - more on this in the section below “Gotoky can work without smartphone”.
The Gotoky mobile app provides very easy to use and informative Navigation. Each Gotoky around you regularly sends its own GPS location to other Gotokys, so all Gotokys in the area know of each other even if you don’t know them personally. GPS location broadcasting can be also manually turned off, if the user doesn't want to be visible or tracked.
You can view all Gotokys around you on the FREE off-line preloaded maps. When you are somewhere off-grid in the wild it is good to know that somebody is nearby even if you can’t see them.
The Gotoky Navigation app also comes also with a Route recording feature. You can easily record all your movements from start to finish. And it’s easy to add some notes to the route as well.
Used as an autonomous relay device: Create your own mesh network or double your communication range.
Activation of “Emergency” Location Beacon: Just press the button, even in the case that your phone is out of the battery. The device stores the last GPS location received from your smartphone (the device itself doesn't have a dedicated GPS module).
It can autonomously receive and store up to 1000 text messages without being connected to your smartphone.
With the Gotoky Relay function you can create a Mesh Network and double the range of your communication: Gotoky automatically and securely relays your Text Messages over other Gotokys in your area - your range can be extended beyond point-to-point, and you can make your own network.
To ensure that your message really gets to your friends who are usually moving we have developed very smart protocol with intelligent algorithms which double-check network delivering potential.
We are also working hard to provide this feature for Voice Chats.
Gotoky connects to your iOS or Android Smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth-LE (Low Energy, 4.2). The device must be within an 8m or 25ft range of the smartphone. When connected, use the installed mobile app to communicate with other Gotoky users.
Gotoky works over a licence-free standard UHF frequency band and the range is limited by the law of the country you are operating in.
It is a dual band device meaning that it works in the EU regulated frequency band of 868 MHz and on US regulated frequency band 915 MHz.
The range really depends on number of obstacles around you - the more the obstacles - less of the range.
The device will auto-tune itself to the appropriate frequency band and power output based on location where it’s being used.
All data is end-to-end encrypted and its technology patent pending.
Our solution is CE certified, in accordance with European legislation; FCC certification is in process.
Gotoky is a perfect “just in case device” if /when natural disaster strikes, which can often leave cell services crippled and unreliable for days, weeks.
Skiers, campers, trekkers, climbers, hikers and other nature enthusiasts are now able to connect and feel safe in places where they used to be completely isolated.
Gotoky can be extremely useful for travelers - being abroad and wanting to communicate for free rather than paying exorbitant roaming charges.
FUNCTIONAL BUSINESS TOOL
Gotoky is also useful as a functional business tool for certain occupations where workers need to stay in constant group communication in remote working environments.
0.5 W AND 1 WATT OUTPUT POWER
INTERNAL MEMORY - Gotoky can store up to 1000 messages without being connected to your smartphone
BLUETOOTH LE 4.2 - Gotoky connects to your smartphone over Low Energy Bluetooth
COMPATIBLE with iOS and Android devices
LED LIGHT RING as an indicator
WATER AND DUST RESISTANCE - Gotoky is built with IP56 water and dust resistance
SAFE COMMUNICATION - Gotoky has end-to-end encryption
Gotoky works on both
868 MHz and 915 MHz frequencies
- The antenna is integrated into the Gotoky,
- Charge Gotoky over the most popular USB connector
HIGH VOLUME BATTERY
- Rechargeable 2500 mAh battery. Charged over micro-USB. Battery can last up to 72 hours
DOUBLE YOUR RANGE
- Gotoky can work autonomously to double your communication range
DIMENSIONS - 120x46x16 mm | 4.72x1.81x0.63 in
WEIGHT - 90 g | 3.17 oz
SILICONE STRAP in 3 different colours: Red, Turquoise and Lime
The design concept is based on the idea of a wave (radio) captured by a product Gotoky.
The front surface represents the wave as a communication element - it is a shining surface; a clear, pure drop of a wave which creates more waves gathered around one circled form (the button), symbolising the touch of a human finger as the touch of communication.
The matte vessel of the surrounding and back surface of Gotoky signifies the strong base of the product: its quality, stability and perfection; its strength as a tool for off-grid communication.
Gotoky is a pocket-sized device, both waterproof and dust-resistant.
It has a special loop so that it can be hung from a belt, a bag or even somewhere on a tree or other object in order to get a better signal.
In a box of 2 Gotokys, added 2 charging cables. In a box of 1 Gotoky, one charging cable. + 1 year warranty
MEDIA MARKT INNOVATIE LAB
Gotoky is presented for showcasing this September in Media Markt (Europe’s largest retailer for consumer electronics) store in Eindhoven, Netherlands and in October in Wilrijk, Belgium within their Innovative Lab.
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Our story begins with total-mountain-lover Denis’s personal experience (Denis - CEO) of getting hurt while hiking one winter day in the Alps. Although he was of course carrying his smartphone – compulsory equipment when up in the mountains - he suddenly found himself in serious trouble when he realized that his smartphone had no signal, and he couldn’t call or reach anyone. Ultimately, the story has a doubly happy ending: Denis was eventually rescued by random passers-by, and a great idea was born.
Soon after Katja (CMO and Sales) and Bostjan (Main Hardware Engineer) joined and created Gotoky.
Over the past two years our team of excellent engineers, designers and marketing experts has been working nonstop to develop revolutionary technology which will improve communication capabilities.
Our work has been focused on the HW and SW upgrades needed for a stable, robust, digital, mesh-capable device; on network capacity with encrypted communication; and making the most of the available radio frequency spectrum.
Our mission doesn't stop with this device: we would love to in a huge range of real-life scenarios where constant communication is an essential or even life- saving feature create even more improved systems independent from existing large ones and it is affordable for anyone.
We are truly a kick-ass team: In 2015 we were selected to be in the elite hardware accelerator HighTech XL in Eindhoven Netherlands, where we were recognised as the most promising startup of a generation. We were Finalists of the Central European Startup award 2016 and a year later recognised as one of the top 100 startups of Central Europe.
Risks and challenges
Hardware is hard. We are aware that there are inherent risks related to the production of any hardware so we decided to offer Gotoky to Kickstarter a year later than originally planned. We are in the pre-production stage with a fully-functional certified prototype (CE certification) and an established production line. We are working closely with our manufacturing partners – respected players with 70 years of experience based in Europe. No long-distance relationships, no partners we cannot trust.
We also have our logistics partners in line with our campaign goal: fast and efficient shipping of Gotoky devices as soon as possible. Unfortunately some countries are more expensive to ship to than others. We sincerely want to ship Gotokys for reasonable prices and we will do our best to do so. The prices for your country will be displayed as soon as you pick your reward.
Our established team has been working together for a few years now so we are already long past rocky starts and team changes. We are committed to offering a quality off-grid device with the utmost care for UX experience. We have expected the unexpected but we also know that sometimes things happen, plans change and delays occur. If that happens we will ensure that quality is not compromised and that you are informed about every move and decision we make.
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If you can’t find your country in the drop-down menu when you input your shipping address, please contact us and we will try to help you in the best way we can to ship the Gotoky straight to you.
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