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Contact-exchanging Near Field Communication (NFC) jewellery made from Rhodium-plated silver. As stylish as it is smart.

Next time you're out of town for business don't awkwardly fumble with your smartphone for contact information. When you meet a new friend don't hand your phone over for them to type their own name. Exchange information the classy way. Use an iiD instead!

Hello from Siignia! We're a UK graduate start-up focusing on NFC and it's awesome potential uses in day to day life.

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A word from our founder:

My name is Jessi Dimmock, I'm the founder and sole director of Siignia. I'm a BSc Digital Art & Technology graduate from the University of Plymouth, and I've always loved the idea of ubiquitous computing; digitally connecting and interacting with the world around us. During my time at university, I came up with the idea of exchanging contact details by combining NFC technology with jewellery to create a wearable, digital ID tag... After months of development and prototyping, Siignia would like to introduce the iiD!

Ever meet someone and want to give them your business card, but don't have one on you? Or don't like fishing around for a card out of your purse or wallet? We've designed a more elegant solution. A stylish piece of jewellery which, when read by someone's phone, displays your digital business card. Just a simple tap, and you're done.

Siignia loves wearable tech! We want to create a faster, smarter, greener way to exchange contact details. And thus, we have created the iiD.

The iiD is a new innovation in communication technology that’s as stylish as it is smart.

Infographic of the iiD
Infographic of the iiD

 Using iiD revolutionises the way we exchange contact details with clients, business partners and even friends. It makes the paper business card a thing of the past because, put simply, it’s easier, faster and it works better.

  • Update your contact details immediately online or with our easy-to-use app, meaning they’re never out of date 
  • Adjust which of your details and/or social networks your contacts can see 
  • No more losing valuable leads or important contacts 
  • No paper waste 

Not sure if your phone is NFC enabled? Have a look at this list and find out! 
NFC is present in almost all Android and Windows phones from the past 3 years, but check the above list to make sure!

Your contact details are stored on a Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip, a technology that lets smartphones and similar devices communicate with each other by touching or bringing them close together.

The iiD prototype worn as a necklace
The iiD prototype worn as a necklace

The chip is embedded in a wearable piece of Rhodium-plated silver unisex jewellery, which can be worn in a multitude of ways, including as a key ring, necklace, wrist-strap and brooch. If someone wants your contact details, all they have to do is touch their NFC-enabled smartphone to the jewellery and they’ll be taken to a webpage where they can choose how they want to connect with you, be it connecting on LinkedIn, following on Twitter, or storing you as a contact on their phone. It’s as easy as that. See our founder Jessi showing the prototype of the iiD in action in our video below:

Close up of the iiD prototype
Close up of the iiD prototype
the iiD prototype - underside (two D rings)
the iiD prototype - underside (two D rings)

Using iiD revolutionises the way we exchange contact details with clients, business partners and even friends. It makes the paper business card a thing of the past because, put simply, it’s easier, faster and it works better.

  • Update your contact details immediately online or with our easy-to-use app, meaning they’re never out of date
  • Adjust which of your details and/or social networks your contacts can see
  • No more losing valuable leads or important contacts
  • No paper waste

Not sure if your phone is NFC enabled? Have a look at this list and find out!

The initial idea for the iiD came about during our founder's time at University. If you want to see the very very early beginnings, then have a look at Jessi's University blog where Siignia was first developed into a seedling of an idea. Jessi then took that idea and entered the University's business challenge, Tectona, and was a finalist, winning a cash prize.

Jessi then spent the summer developing the product; creating a website and video, creating prototypes out of acrylic to test the shape and size, and testing out different resins to form the coating to seal in the NFC tag. She wanted the shape to be easily recognisable and unisex, yet still be simple and professional.

Playing with the shape and size with acrylic
Playing with the shape and size with acrylic
A very early (!) mock-up of the iiD shape
A very early (!) mock-up of the iiD shape
Initially the iiD had 4 D-rings, but after testing it changed to two for comfort whilst being worn
Initially the iiD had 4 D-rings, but after testing it changed to two for comfort whilst being worn

After lots of testing and trials we settled on the shape we have today, with two D-rings underneath. We chose Rhodium-plated silver for style and wearability.

Final iiD design
Final iiD design
Final iiD design - reverse
Final iiD design - reverse

The NFC tags we use are NTAG230 On-Metal 19x19mm tags. They have a ferrite foil barrier (insulation) between the Rhodium-plated silver and the chip itself as NFC tags work by electromagnetic induction.

Cross section of an iiD
Cross section of an iiD
What an NFC tag looks like
What an NFC tag looks like

We're launching a Kickstarter project in order to fund the construction of our fully secure eCommerce website and corresponding native app, designed to make exchanging contact details easier, faster and smarter. We have a basic framework and have started storyboarding the user interface, and have a web developer and app design team ready to go when we raise the funds. As Siignia is run solely by our founder, we have to outsource the website and app creation to Elixel, another great start-up company made up of graduates from the University of Plymouth who specialise in responsive web design.

The native app we are developing will be where you decide what links to display on your iiD's page. It will be a complete list of all your links, with a simple tickbox system to turn them on and off. We will initially launch the free app on the Google Play store, and the website will be compatible on all platforms.

When an iiD is scanned, a URL will launch which is it's personal web page displaying whichever contact links you have chosen to share
When an iiD is scanned, a URL will launch which is it's personal web page displaying whichever contact links you have chosen to share

We also have to meet a minimum order for the custom NFC tags, which is another reason we need funding. We're really excited about our project and hope you are too! Please do email us if you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you!

We are working on loads of potential designs for the custom NFC tags for the iiDs! If we reach our goal, we will email our backers with a link to a poll displaying all of our designs. There our backers will be able to vote for their favourites, and the top 3 will be put into production, giving backers a choice of those 3 for the iiD they purchased. We will also be creating iiDs with a simpler design on their NFC tags, in 5 colours for you to choose from as below:

Colours available for NFC tags in iiDs
Colours available for NFC tags in iiDs

Have a question about the the iiD Kickstarter project? Discuss the iiD and NFC at Crowdfundingforum.com!

At present, our custom NFC tags are made here in the UK, the Rhodium-plated silver pieces are made by a boutique manufacturer in Thailand, then shipped over so we can place the NFCs and put the RFID-passive coating on top to seal them in. It is our intention to move all production to the UK and we are in talks with a company here, we just need to make a minimum order which we are hoping we will achieve with this Kickstarter.

If our Kickstarter is successful, we will be able to start manufacturing straight away. Our website and app should be created and in the beta testing stage in 3 months. From our experience creating the prototypes and from discussions with our manufacturer, it will take approximately 5 weeks to make and ship the jewellery pieces to us. For assembling of the iiDs we have allowed 3 weeks, and then on top of that we're estimating another week for packaging. This gives us 3 weeks of "extra time" to allow for any possible hiccups in the iiD manufacturing whilst the website is still being created and tested.

What we will be doing in the 3 months needed to create the website
What we will be doing in the 3 months needed to create the website

WE ARE LOOKING FOR JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES DESIGNERS TO COLLABORATE WITH!

Are you/do you know a UK-based jewellery/accessories designer? We are looking to collaborate with exciting new designers to create a range of custom accessories for the iiD, allowing it to be worn as a wrist strap, bracelet, tie clip, brooch or keyring. For more information, please send an email to contact@siignia.com with the subject "Accessories designer".

Thank you for reading this far! So you think it's an awesome idea? That's great! Thanks, we really appreciate your support. You want to become one of our backers? That's amazing!  We really can't say thank you enough! However we hope that one of our rewards is a small way for us to say thank you, even though we also want to scream it from the rooftops!

STICKERS

We'll send you some awesome round vinyl stickers featuring the iiD shape as a small way to say thank you for your pledge!

NFC BUSINESS CARD

An NFC business card with Siignia & iiD design printed on one side. These will be blank for you to program how you like! We'll include instructions on how to do this using an app on your smartphone. Keep it in your wallet! We'll also pop in some of the aforementioned stickers.

T SHIRT

These will be printed on high quality organic shirts and will come in a range of unisex sizes. If we have enough orders we'll be able to offer a ladies style too. They will feature a collage design of the iiD shape cascading up from the bottom left hand corner of the shirt. These are an exclusive design for our backers and will never be printed again!

RHODIUM-PLATED SILVER iiDs

As an exclusive for our Kickstarter backers, these will be specially engraved on the back of the iiDs. You will be able to choose which NFC tag design is in your iiD, and will be used with our contact-exchanging system. You will be able to wear them with a necklace chain you may already have, and we will be creating a range of accessories to allow the iiD to be worn around the wrist or as a keychain or tie clip.

GOLD-PLATED iiDs

If you want something really exclusive, pledge £99 or more and receive one of only 100 9-carat gold plated iiDs ever to be made. These will be numbered 1-100 as well as being specially engraved. We have decided on 9-carat gold as it is much stronger and more hardwearing when worn everyday.

SOLID GOLD iiDs

Love the iiD? Get one of only two solid 9-carat gold iiDs. If you're in the UK, these will be hand-delivered to you so we can thank you personally.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our risks and challenges for this project are fairly minimal. We've built up strong relationships with our manufacturers and suppliers, and have allowed long enough lead times to ensure we get the perfect product out to you in good time. The most time consuming process will be getting the website and app perfect and tested enough that is ready for when our backers receive their iiDs. There may still be some kinks to be ironed out when our backers first start using the website, but we'll have a team ready to deal with these. Our backers will essentially be our first beta testers!

There is always the chance of unforeseen circumstances, such as unexpected supply issues, but we feel like we have minimised this risk as much as possible by choosing our suppliers and manufacturers carefully, so we don't expect this to be an issue. We will of course keep our backers up to date with the process and will email them at the first sign of anything taking longer than we anticipated.

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