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Monitor your teenage driver in real time for speeding, delivery personnel whereabouts, kid location, elderly, pets, parcels & luggage. Read more

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$25,179
pledged of $45,900 goal

Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 10, 2014.

Monitor your teenage driver in real time for speeding, delivery personnel whereabouts, kid location, elderly, pets, parcels & luggage.

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New Kickstarter Project Launched - HomeTraq™

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A big thanks to all the people that backed us on our previous project.

Now we launched a new product called HomeTraq™. This is a small device that monitors your home while you are away. It measures temperature, humidity and listens for sounds. An alert will be generated when HomeTraq™ detects one of these items are out of range. The alert that is generated will be sent as either a text message or email.

Please check out our new project and consider backing us:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/830878703/hometraqtm-remote-home-monitor

Thanks,

Michael

Final TraqCloud Update

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Since I made it back from China, we have been looking at various options to produce the TraqCloud device with all the features that everyone wants.

Unfortunately we cannot produce the device for the cost that we were originally told was possible by the Chinese company (see our previous update). We have decided to cancel the project and pursue other ideas.  

Thanks for supporting us in our campaign. After this update, the website and the michael@traqcloud.com will no longer be available. If you need to reach me, please send an email to mike @ a-dtechnologies.com with no spaces in the email address.

TraqCloud Team

Made It Back From China

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Wow, where do I start. I went to Shenzhen, China and Hong Kong for a period of 3 weeks and I just got back with lots of details to report.

First of all, I visited 15 factories that make everyting from printed circuit boards, injection molding, membrane switches, plastic fittings, power supplies and retail packaging. I also found a couple of places to assemble and test before shipment to the US.

Through this process I have figured out a way to make the device 1/2 as big and still keep all the features! I will be redesigning the unit to meet as many requests that came to me via email.

While I work on the redesign of the TraqCloud unit, I will be launching a new Kickstarter Campaign called AquaFill on May 5th at 11AM CST. Come check it out. Its a device to automatically fill the water resevoir on your coffee maker.

The best way to keep in touch is to go to our website at TraqCloud.com and submit your email to our subscription list. We will keep the subscribers on this list updated. 

Thanks, 

TraqCloud Team 

Michael Hamilton: michael@traqcloud.com (technical) 

Matt Moalem: matt@traqcloud.com (sales, business development, marketing)

Project Update #7 - China Visit

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This is just a quick update to thank everyone for submitting their tracking ideas to me at michael@traqcloud.com. Many of you have asked when we will actually cancel the campaign and that will be today. We will not have a rescheduled date until after the china trip.

The plane tickets for the china trip to Shenzhen have been purchased for April 3rd - 23rd. Meeting appointments with the various manufacturers are being setup. There is also a large sourcing fair in Hong Kong from April 12th - 15th which I will also be attending.

The best way to keep in touch after we cancel our campaign is to go to our website at TraqCloud.com and submit your email to our subscription list. We will keep the subscribers on this list updated on what we find out from our China trip and when we will be able to launch the campaign again.

Thanks,  

TraqCloud Team  

Michael Hamilton: michael@traqcloud.com (technical)  

Matt Moalem: matt@traqcloud.com (sales, business development, marketing)

Project Update #6 – Honesty, Project Delay & Re-Launch

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Bad News & Honesty

We have some disappointing news. Remember when we started this journey together, we said we were “just two dads”. Well we’re the same two dads and we believe in clear and concise honesty via our communication with all of our backers. 

Via some very valuable lessons learned and through our dialog with all of you, we’ve investigated how many projects are not only successful, but actually deliver product on time. Here is a link to a great article via CNN: CNN Kickstarter Ship Delay

While the article is dated December of 2012, that number has actually climbed. We are determined to do it right, on time, and with the right product at a price point that can be consumed by any person and or company.

With that said – we made arrangements to visit our designated suppliers in China, in accordance to our project plan. What we learned was that we have been lied to. The two main suppliers in China that was going to manufacture our product for us, are not real factories, or even real businesses. They had sent us pictures of similar products being made and told us they would make our product for an agreed upon price. Once we made definite dates to visit, they came back and told us that they were just a middle man and that they were lying about having an actual factory and lacked the ability to help us fulfill our product delivery obligations. 

Let this be a lesson to all other people like us wanting to make a product in China. You need to be absolutely sure that you are dealing with real factories that can produce the product you need, at a price you agree upon, and in the time frame for which expectations have been set. 

It is in our honest opinion that continuing with the campaign and hold your investment hostage would be morally irresponsible on our part. Too many times other projects have done this, and we are bound and determined to break that cycle. 

Good News & Next Steps 

Instead, we are going to make a trip to China first and verify who the real factories are. Identify suppliers and manufacturers we can trust and have been validated and can deliver us a quality product at a fair price. Then once we have an updated production schedule, we will re-launch our TraqCloud product via Kickstarter. In addition, we absolutely plan on moving forward with those we engaged about OEM’ing our cloud platform which is the core software foundation of our product offering while we obtain new hardware alliances.

Based on all of your feedback, we are going to implement a new design which is smaller and has external IO for interfacing. What we really need is to continue to illicit feedback from all of you that have had a heavy hand in identifying the various use cases for our product. Please take the time to send an email to michael@traqcloud.com with the details of what you wanted to use TraqCloud for. This will help us decide which features are really needed.

We really appreciate all the backers so far and want to continue to keep you updated on our progress, next steps, and a sneak peek into our next campaign.

The best way to keep in touch after we cancel our campaign is to go to our website at TraqCloud.com and submit your email to our subscription list. We will keep the subscribers on this list updated on what we find out from our China trip and when we will be able to launch the campaign again. 

Thanks,

TraqCloud Team

  • Michael Hamilton: michael@traqcloud.com (technical) 
  • Matt Moalem: matt@traqcloud.com (sales, business development, marketing)

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