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Tether

The wireless leash for your phone--vibrates when you leave your phone behind.

Tether

The wireless leash for your phone--vibrates when you leave your phone behind.

$2,217
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
51
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 8 2019 3:10 PM UTC +00:00

About

You know that scary moment when you frantically pat your pockets down and can't find your phone? We want to get rid of it forever--and we can't do it without your help. 

Tether is the wireless leash for your phone—a wearable that discreetly vibrates when you’re about to leave your phone behind. 

  • Available in gloss black to all and gloss white to early backers
  • Dimensions: 49 x 31 x 6.75 mm without clip, clip adds 3.25 mm of thickness
  • Weight: 14 g 
  • Material: Polycarbonate
  • Connects via Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Compatible with all Bluetooth 4.0+-capable devices
  • Companion app will be available for iOS and Android
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When I lost my phone in the back of a taxi last year, I realized that products like Tile and Find my iPhone couldn’t stop me from leaving my phone behind in the first place. I didn't want this to happen to anyone else, so I told my friend Abhi about my experience and together we started building Tether.

We both graduated from UC Berkeley's computer science program and brought on the engineering firm RAAD Systems Inc. to help us build fully functional prototypes. We're in the last stages of polishing our design for manufacturing and need to raise money to cover certification costs and tooling for our first production run. If you're as passionate as us about ending nomophobia, we'd really appreciate your support!

Risks and challenges

We’ve worked on Tether for over a year and waited until we were satisfied with our product to launch our Kickstarter campaign. Most of the hardware and firmware development processes are complete; the Tether devices pictured are fully functional and will be very similar if not identical to the devices we plan to ship to backers. The accompanying mobile app for iOS and Android is still in development, though it will be ready by the time Tether starts shipping.

As with all electronics, the components (Bluetooth chip, vibration motor, etc.) that go into Tether may be subject to unforeseen lead time changes. These could delay manufacturing despite our best efforts, though we’ve built buffers into our timeline above to minimize the likelihood of that happening.

In the event of any possible delay, we’ll post regular updates to Kickstarter and contact backers directly while working with our development partner and contract manufacturer to ensure that production stays on track. Our development partner, RAAD Systems Inc., has years of experience bringing medical devices with complex embedded systems to market. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

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    Kickstarter-only T-shirt

    Clean, simple, and eminently comfortable--just like Tether. Wear your support proudly with our backer-exclusive American Apparel T-shirt, in your choice of unisex size.

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    Early-bird Tether

    You'll be the first to get Tether, and at our lowest price too--30% off expected retail. Congrats on being an early bird; we appreciate your support!

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    Tether, but for trendsetters

    The world will know you got Tether before it was cool, plus you get 15% off expected retail price. We appreciate your support!

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    Limited-edition patterned Tether

    Are you really excited about Tether? Show it off with a designer pattern screen-printed on top of yours. Only 50 will ever be made.

    Includes:
    • Tether in white with a screen-printed design on top; one of fifty
    • (optional) Want a standard Tether too, in white or black? Add $25
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    Design your own Tether

    This is for those who are truly passionate about ending nomophobia. Send us a PNG with any design of your choice and we'll work with you to polish and screen-print it on top of your bespoke Tether.

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    • Tether in your choice of color with your choice of screen-print
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