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Keyport - The Customizable, Modular Everyday Multi-Tool for the Modern Lifestyle
Ever since developing the first prototypes for the Keyport almost ten years ago, our vision has been to create something more than just the best compact key holder.
We want to develop an everyday carry platform that thoughtfully integrates your most essential personal items (keys, pocket tools, and smart tech) that would otherwise be attached to a bulky keychain or stuffed uncomfortably into a pocket or purse. Our goal is to help you build your own customized universal access device that is one of the three items you carry with you every day (Keyport, wallet, phone), that complements your smartphone, and that fits your personal needs and style.
We are proud to move closer to that objective with the introduction of TWO new Keyports, the Keyport Slide 3.0 and the Keyport Pivot 1.0, which represent the next generation of modular, totally customizable, everyday multi-tools that you will use a dozen times a day...every single day.
We Take Your Feedback Seriously
If you have followed our company at all, you know how important your input is to us. You are an invaluable part of our team. We have done our best to integrate your feedback on the Slide 2.0 as well as on the new features you would like to see in future versions.
Feedback on 2.0
✓ Stronger to handle even the most stubborn locks
✓ Alternate lanyard options
Our single biggest request from customers and non-customers alike was to make a metal Keyport. We are excited to announce that both of the new Keyports will be made of aircraft grade aluminum.
In order to maximize their strength and durability, we have rigorously put them through their paces using a wide range of tests, and we also plan to submit both products to an independent testing service that will expand upon our efforts.
As a result, we are doubling the warranty period of these new Keyports from one year to two years.
In addition, both Keyports feature a low profile lanyard attachment that locks into place when not being used so it won’t get in the way.
Along with your feedback on our existing product, we collected your input on the most requested future options.
• Hold more keys
• Easier to get ported - Simpler order process, key integration
• "Find my keys" functionality
• More pocket tools, especially a knife
In order to address as many of your top requests as we could, we realized that it would be almost impossible to integrate all of them into a single device.
A 10-port Slide, for example, would simply be too cumbersome for most, but we recognize the importance a Keyport hold more than six keys and tools. We also appreciate the additional effort that it takes to get your Keyport Key Blades duplicated at a locksmith, so we wanted to offer an option that simplifies the order process by integrating your existing keys.
Therefore, we developed two Keyports, each of which has its own unique features and benefits.
We wanted to ensure that both devices would be able to take advantage of the exciting list of tools (such as a knife blade) and smart tech (such as a BLE locator) we are developing. We made both devices modular so that you could easily add/or remove modules that are interchangeable between the Slide and the Pivot.
Keyport is not just another key organizer; it is an innovative customizable platform that will allow you to integrate all sorts of modular tech and IoT features in addition to keys and more conventional pocket tools.
Building upon the Slide’s unique one-handed access and ultra compact design, the next gen Slide 3.0 is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum and hardened spring steel to ensure its durability.
It also features an easily removable end cap along with a great new minimalist lanyard attachment that locks in place when not in use.
- Aircraft grade aluminum body
- Stainless steel frame
- Nickel-plated brass Nodes
- Soft-Touch removable side plates
- Easily removable end cap
- Low profile lanyard attachment which locks in place when not in use
- 4-port & 6-port versions
- Compatible with all Keyport Blades, including a wide range of chipped auto & moto keys
- Tech & tool modules optional
The Slide 3.0 is compatible with all previous Keyport Blades and inserts excluding the bottle opener and mini-light. We have replaced the mini-light with two modular options - the locator module that includes a light (between 4 and 6 lumens) or the more powerful mini-flashlight (approx. 12 lumens). We are working on a new bottle opener for the 3.0. Transponder chips embedded in existing chipped barcode inserts or chipped side plates will need to be transferred to the new modular chip side plate that is compatible with the 3.0.
Like its predecessor, the 3.0 includes removable side plates, which can now be designed in a range of materials - plastic, metal, G10, wood, even bone. We will begin to explore these options later in the year. But we think the most exciting improvement to the Slide 3.0 is the addition of modularity on both sides to incorporate a whole new range of tech tools and options.
To demonstrate the value of our new modularity, we have developed three modular add-ons that can be easily added onto and removed from either the Slide 3.0 or the Pivot.
Locator Module - BLE Crowd Sourced Locator
By far, the number one biggest complaint about keys is losing them, so we developed a way for you to minimize the chances of that ever happening again.
Developed to work with the TrackR mobile app and even TrackR's latest product, the atlas, the Keyport Locator is a Bluetooth low energy, crowd source GPS locator that helps you keep an eye on your Keyport at all times.
With a range of 75 ft., the Keyport Locator can help you:
• Find your Keyport hidden under the couch cushions in your living room using your smartphone
• Find your phone if it is within earshot using your Keyport Locator
• Find your Keyport in another room of your home using TrackR atlas
• Let you know if your Keyport happens to just happen to “get up and walk away"
• It can even help you find your Keyport outside of your home using Crowd Source Tracking
- Works with TrackR mobile app and TrackR atlas
- Distance Indicator
- Ringer Phone Finder
- Crowd GPS Network
Pocketknife Module by Klecker Knives
Hands-down, our most popular request from EDCers was the addition of a pocketknife blade, so we partnered with former Leatherman designer and nationally recognized knife designer, Glenn Klecker of Klecker Knives (who designed the Klax), to develop our pocketknife module.
The Keyport pocketknife module provides a sturdy 2.2" drop point blade profile with a slip joint blade lock that can easily be removed for airline travel and then just as quickly reattached as soon as you unpack your luggage.
Modules in Development
Building upon our open source ecosystem, we are already partnering with some best of breed partners on the design and development of additional modules, which we hope to introduce later in the year, including:
- Emergency phone charger
- Charger cables for a wide range of electronic devices
- Universal auto remote
These will all work seamlessly with both the Keyport Slide 3.0 and the Keyport Pivot.
In addition to the one-handed access of the premium Slide, we also created an entry-level product called the Keyport Pivot that uses your existing keys, making it even easier than ever to get ported.
The Pivot is based in large part upon some of our original concept drawings from nearly 10 years ago. Based upon your feedback and to complement the Keyport Slide, we wanted to develop an entry level product that further reduces the cost and that eliminates the need to go to a key-cutting store. So, we revisited our roots to create a Keyport that integrates your existing keys.
Like the Slide 3.0, the Keyport Pivot is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum and features a low profile lanyard attachment.
Designed with a special locking mechanism, the Pivot does not loosen over time, which is a frequent issue with other key holders. No washers are needed in between keys as the Pivot features a built-in spring washer for the perfect tension to ensure smooth operation.
- Metal! Aircraft grade aluminum scales & stainless steel components
- Special locking mechanism to prevent unintended loosening
- Built-in spring for perfect tension
- Low profile lanyard attachment which locks in place when not in use
Designed specifically for traditional keys, the Pivot is not compatible with existing Keyport Blades and some inserts. Existing pen and USB inserts can be modified to fit the Pivot, and we are working on developing a full range of Pivot compatible insert options.
Like the Slide, the Pivot is modular, and all of the modular add-ons are compatible with both devices so it is easy to start with a Pivot and then graduate to a Slide without needing to buy a new set of modules.
So...What's in it for me? Rewards & Add-Ons
We have developed a broad range of awesome rewards geared towards both current as well as new Keyporters. They include the following:
- Keyport Slide 3.0 (4-Port)
- Keyport Pivot
- BLE Locator module
- Pocketknife module
By popular demand and due to the additional rewards we have added since launch, we are now including the Pivot and Slide 3.0 as add-ons to those rewards that do not contain them. If you'd like to add an item, you must add the following to your pledge:
Please note EARLY BIRD pricing does not apply to any add-ons. To calculate your add-ons, simply add the total dollar amount of the add-ons you would like to your existing pledge.
Please note that Slide rewards do not include Keyport Blades and that Blades are sold separately. Also note that the Keyport Pivot accommodates your standard keys and is not compatible with Keyport Blades.
Back our project and reserve your reward now by clicking on the green Back This Project button.
Make sure to reserve your reward today as Early Bird spaces fill up quickly.
The sooner we hit our goal, the sooner we can let our manufacturing partners know to get started and the more stretch goals we can unlock!
We are going to be using BackerKit to administrate the fulfillment process after the campaign. Once we migrate to BackerKit, we will send you out a survey that will help us to review and break down your pledge into the specific items you ordered along with their associated costs.
Please make sure that you have calculated your add-ons correctly using the numbers above. We will not be able to ship any items that haven't been paid for in full.
Special Kickstarter Serial Numbering
Need another reason to back us now instead of waiting until we bring these products to market? We are going to be using a special Kickstarter serial number that will separate the trend setters from those who jump on the bandwagon later.
Your Kickstarter serial number will not only confirm that you were ahead of the curve, but we will be doing at least one sale on our website specifically for those who backed our project, and the Kickstarter serial number will be your entry code.
HUGE BONUS - KeyportID Premium Lost & Found Service
We have dramatically upgraded our Lost & Found program! Introducing KeyportID powered by KeyFetch.
This online lost & found service connects owners and finders directly and anonymously at a click with no middle man or number to call.
Once you register your Keyport serial number with KeyportID, anyone who finds your Keyport will be able to contact you directly so that you can arrange your Keyport's safe return. We will follow up with the finder to thank them and to give them a $10 store credit for helping you out.
But we have taken this Lost & Found one step further...Introducing KeyportID Premium which covers not only your Keyport, but all of your personal items....smartphone, tablet, laptop, bicycle, etc. Keyport will send you a set of four stickers containing another unique serial number which you can register to your same account. Once registered, anyone who comes across an item with your sticker will be able to contact you directly.
Such a service can cost anywhere from $10 - $20 per year, but as a ONE-TIME Kickstarter special, we are including KeyportID Premium FREE for the first year with any Slide or Pivot reward.
What Will We Do With the Funding?
Changing the world's interaction with traditional, non-descript, utilitarian keychains is quite a challenge as most future Keyporters haven't even thought about making keys and other everyday carry items typically attached to a keychain cool, fun, sexy, or stylish. But it takes money to fuel the revolution, and we take the stewardship of your funding very seriously.
Keyport will use your backing to bring the Keyport Slide 3.0, the Keyport Pivot, and the three modules - Locator, Pocketknife, and Flashlight - to market which includes developing production tooling, testing, fine-tuning, and initiating our first production runs. We have outlined an aggressive, but achievable plan to begin shipping rewards in June of this year.
As you have come to expect, we will keep you posted at every turn, do our best to fulfill your rewards as quickly and as close to schedule as possible, provide you with top-notch customer support, and do everything we can to make your experience an exceptional one.
Most of All...Thank You!
Thank you very much for all your enthusiasm and support. We look forward to getting you ported!
Help Us Spread the Word
In the meantime, please help us to spread the word by clicking on the Share this project link just under the video.
- Like us on Facebook and share our campaign with your family, friends, and co-workers
- Follow us on Twitter @theKeyport - Tweet about us and use the hashtags #Keyport, #KeyportOnKickstarter, and/or #GetPorted
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Risks and challenges
It goes without saying that product development can be a risky venture, but our team has done a great deal to mitigate the risks associated and to develop an aggressive, but achievable schedule that gets rewards out as quickly as possible.
First and foremost, Keyport has already done a successful Kickstarter campaign before. The Keyport Slide 2.0 delivered within 120 days of the end of our campaign.
Our company has been around for several years and developed a solid reputation for high quality products and exceptional customer support.
Our core management team (Josh, David, and Aimee) have worked together for over four years now, and we have been through the twists and turns, the ups and downs of bringing complex projects to fruition many times.
To further strengthen our development team, we’ve added additional engineering expertise in Glenn Klecker, President of Klecker Designs and former designer for Leatherman.
We have outlined an aggressive, but achievable plan to have all rewards ready to ship in June of this year. In an effort to speed up the time to delivery, we have already identified our primary manufacturers, worked closely together with them on our prototypes to design them for manufacturing, and are moving forward with tooling on the longest lead items now rather than wait until our Kickstarter has finished and funded.
Most importantly, we know the unparalleled value of good communication with you…our most ardent supporters. We have enough experience to know that there are ups and downs with every project, and we will keep you posted on our progress so that you are with us every step of the way on this adventure.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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