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                                        Available in Arctic White and Onyx Black!

Whistl is a smartphone case for the iPhone 5, 5s, and 6 with an alarm system that:

 ***Accidental Set-Offs***

The Whistl has 3 safeguards:
  • The buttons are touch sensing. This means it won't set off in your backpack, pocket, purse, or cup holder.
  • The buttons must be pressed at the same time.
  • If you do manage to accidentally set it off after all that, you will still have 15 seconds to open the app and enter your security pin to disable police and friend notification.

When to use:

You always have your phone... so the Whistl case will always be on you, adding an extra layer of protection to your daily routine.
You always have your phone... so the Whistl case will always be on you, adding an extra layer of protection to your daily routine.

KICKSTARTER: We need your support to bring Whistl to the public and launch our network on the national level.

Have you ever felt unsafe? Have you ever worried about the safety of someone you love? The Whistl case can help connect you in either instance and bring back your feeling of security.

The Whistl case is designed for the iPhone 5, 5s, and the 6. The app will launch on iOS first. 

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “I think it’s a great idea, let’s see if we can highlight it and find out more about it.”

TribLive: "This is a national and world issue, and they have a solution...you've got a lot of friends around who want to help, and this gives them a method to do that."

Whistl has 3 modes:

*This starts a check in feature that will check up on you every X minutes, depending on the length of time you set it to. (e.g. 20 minutes for a run, 5 minutes for walking back to your car, etc.)
*This starts a check in feature that will check up on you every X minutes, depending on the length of time you set it to. (e.g. 20 minutes for a run, 5 minutes for walking back to your car, etc.)

*Live demo of Whistl's Check-in mode! Note, the case and app styles and interactions are subject to change closer to what is shown above! This is purely a demonstration of functionality! 

 Live demo of Whistl's panic mode! Note, the case and app styles and interactions are subject to change closer to what is shown above! This is purely a demonstration of functionality!

The LED, Alarm, and accompanying enclosure were carefully designed based on frequency and material, so that the case could be powerful without compromising thickness.

The case uses Bluetooth low energy to connect to your phone. You don't have to plug it in and you'll never have to charge it! The case will last 2-3 years without ever charging.

At the end of the day, the case was made to make sure that your phone will be protected from everyday use.

If we reach $200,000, we will offer different colors. We will send out an update to our backers to allow them to vote on the different colors before our production run.


 
Our team is composed of survivors and engineers committed to keeping our communities safe. Coming from Fortune 500 companies and largely hailing from Carnegie Mellon University, we're ready to tackle this problem.

  • Jayon Wang - CEO
  • Alan Fu - COO
  • Siri Ramos - CTO
  • Katherine Zitterbart - Marketing
  • Ava Weiskopf - Communications
  • Dipta Nandaviri - Electrical Engineer
  • Brayden Wilmoth - iOS Engineer
  • Leah Yingling - Community Outreach
  • Gerard Kramer - Finance Intern
  • Stephen Porter - Engineering Intern
  • Amanda Yuan - Copy Editor

We’ve worked with wonderful organizations that have given us great support. We want to make sure their efforts are recognized in the national push to bring awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence.

Our company was enrolled in the first class of the hardware accelerator, Alpha Lab Gear. Through their mentorship system, we were able to quickly iterate through designs and various challenges. As alumni-in-residence for the new class of companies, we pass on our experiences to the new class as the mentors continue to advise us through their years of industry experience.

We’ve made lightning fast progress on this product since its inception in March 2014. We have a working prototype and are engaged with local manufacturers to produce these units.

Our first production run will be done in the U.S.

The funds go to one thing and one thing only: The delivery of your cases. That means tooling for plastic molds, materials and components for the cases, and certifications. That’s it. 

Here's how that looks:

 

Our primary risks are within the manufacturing of these cases. However, we've allocated a large amount of time between now and our delivery date to make sure that we're able to deliver your cases ON TIME. 

The team that brought you Roomba, Pebble, MakerBot, Orbotix, Scout, Romotive, Atlas Wearables and other HUGE kickstarters is helping us with critical steps and making sure there are no oversights in our production. They've gone over our product and has certified that we will deliver! Click on the image below to see exactly what was verified!

How bright is the LED? How loud is the Alarm?

The LED is rated at 90 lumens. The Alarm is rated at 120dB. This is almost as loud as being front row at a concert.

What if I do actually accidentally set it off?

We’ve made it very difficult to accidentally set off through our design. In the event that you do accidentally set off the case, you have a 15 second window to disable the alarm before police are notified.

Can anybody disable the alarm mode?

No. There is an additional security screen between when you activate the case and when you open the app. You will need to use your personal security gesture to deactivate Panic Mode.

How do I pick the color and case model?

The Whistl case is available in dark gray or white. We will be sending an update to our backers before we ramp-up production to get your case model and color preferences. If we clear certain funding milestones our backers will be able to vote on new colors. 

Will there be an Android version?

Unfortunately, since the Android market is so fragmented, we won't be able to offer Android cases for our launch in the context of this kickstarter. We do plan to offer Android phone cases in the future, so subscribe to our updates on our website so that you'll know when we start!

Check out our website for more FAQs.

Available in Acrtic white and Onyx gray
Available in Acrtic white and Onyx gray

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