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Smack InnovationsBy Smack Innovations
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Smack InnovationsBy Smack Innovations
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$24,135
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
37
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, May 22 2017 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

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Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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About

Presenting SafeConnect at SXSW
Presenting SafeConnect at SXSW

The problem

Drivers frequently want to use apps and features on their smart phones, but directly handling a phone while driving is both a safety hazard and illegal in many areas. 

Texting while driving causes 25% of all car accidents. For teen drivers, a scary 60% of accidents are due to driving while distracted by a smart phone.  Most of the drivers who had these accidents couldn't afford to pay $800 to have safe connectivity in their car (going rate for connectivity options).

SafeConnect: the solution

SafeConnect is an aftermarket product that costs much less than the $800 charged by competitors - we are offering it through Kickstarter for $69.

SafeConnect clamps onto any size steering wheel in seconds and allows a driver to safely control apps and features of his iPhone or Android phone. While always keeping hands on the wheel, eyes focused on the road, and phone in his pocket, the driver can push buttons on SafeConnect to dictate text messages, make phone calls, check the local weather, check sports scores, play music, find the cheapest gas station nearby, get directions that avoid traffic, and much more. Any app on the user’s phone is potentially compatible.

What we have so far

We have working prototypes and four apps are working with the product for Android and one is working with iPhone (other three iPhone apps are nearly complete)

Apps working so far:

Apps in development:

When SafeConnect is turned on, the "On" LED lights up.  A second "Connected" LED lights up when connected to your phone.  After you connect your phone to SafeConnect for the first time, the connection happens automatically in the future whenever a.) SafeConnect is turned on, b.) Smack Hub is running on your phone, and c.) your phone is within range of the SafeConnect.

Technical specifications of SafeConnect
Technical specifications of SafeConnect

SafeConnect and the Deluxe model work in exactly the same way, except that the Deluxe model has 8 additional sensors. These sensors add functionality to some of the apps (such as Smack Attack, Smack Trivia, and Smack Languages)

Comparison of SafeConnect & the Deluxe model
Comparison of SafeConnect & the Deluxe model

The team

We have a great team working to make this happen.

Gregor Hanuschak has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and degrees in engineering from both Stanford and Harvard Universities. He was a founder or original employee for 3 other startups before this one and used to work as the Lead for Commercial Space Partnerships at NASA Headquarters. On the technical side, Gregor was formerly an engineer at Lockheed Martin (flight software for satellites / satellite simulators) and built the initial hardware and software for SafeConnect.

Other team members include an industrial designer, 8 student developers, technical experts from NextFab Studio in Philadelphia, advisers with experience manufacturing electronic consumer products, and a reputable manufacturer ready to do our mass production (Cir-Q-Tek, www.cir-q-tek.com/) who has done manufacturing orders for large well-known car companies.  Since one of our teammates is a patent attorney, we even have an issued patent and two patents pending on our technology. 

What we need

We have a great product here with a price point far below anything else that's similar on the market.  The price point is significant because the roads really aren't safe until every driver who uses his phone while driving can afford a safe connectivity option.  Please support us because this product will not come to market without your help.

Risks and challenges

Our development time for iPhone versions of apps has been longer due to the larger number of restrictions that Apple puts on what developers can do. Despite this, we have worked through every challenge faced so far and believe we will continue to do so. There is a small risk that some of the iPhone apps could be delayed past Christmas, but we will work diligently to make sure they are done on time.

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    Just trying to help out!

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    SafeConnect (Android user)

    Get it in time for Christmas! You'll get one of the first SafeConnect devices at a $100 savings over the projected MSRP.

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    SafeConnect (iPhone user)

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    Deluxe Model (Android user)

    You'll get one of the first Deluxe models at a $150 savings over the projected MSRP. The Deluxe model has all the functionality of SafeConnect, but also has additional sensors which can be used for apps such as "Smack Attack" (additional sensors can be used to add drums sounds to music coming out of the car speakers).

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    Deluxe Model (iPhone user)

    You'll get one of the first Deluxe models at a $150 savings over the projected MSRP. The Deluxe model has all the functionality of SafeConnect, but also has additional sensors which can be used for apps such as "Smack Attack" (additional sensors can be used to add drums sounds to music coming out of the car speakers).

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    25 SafeConnects

    You'll get 25 SafeConnect devices each at a $100 savings over the projected MSRP. You'll also get a savings on shipping. That's over $2,500 in total savings!

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    125 SafeConnects

    You'll get 125 SafeConnect devices each at a $100 savings over the projected MSRP. You'll also get a savings on shipping. That's over $12,500 in total savings!

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Funding period

- (28 days)