trakkies. a multifunctional microcomputer for your things.
trakkies. a multifunctional microcomputer for your things.
Make your things smart enough to tell you what you're forgetting and much, much more. The first REAL Internet-of-Things node.
Make your things smart enough to tell you what you're forgetting and much, much more. The first REAL Internet-of-Things node. Read more
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In their busy lives people forget things all the time, and forgetting things is the number 1 cause of loss. Wouldn't it be great if your things make sure you don't forget them?
Normal trackers just help you when you already have a problem. We make sure you don't have a problem in the first place.
Nodes are tiny microcomputers that make your objects smart. So smart, that they can warn you when you are about to leave something behind. You can connect anything, from keys, wallets, bags, laptops, whatever you want.
trakkies come in 2 varieties. trakkies.micro is designed for extended range (up to 180m) and battery life. trakkies.tagg is designed to be small and affordable enough to fit anywhere, and put on anything.
The batteries are easily replaceable, and available around the world for about $1.
We built the system to always watch your things, but we've added some features to make your day even smarter.
Normal BLE devices only connect to your smartphone. Our nodes connect to each other as well, which allows accurate location triangulation. Better still, our nodes can amplify each others signal, which means that the range can extend indefinitely.
By using state-of-the-art* Bluetooth antennas our range is far higher (up to 70m) than normal bluetooth devices (30m). When really needed, we can use extra power to boost the range. The trakkies.micro also connects with Radio Frequency, boosting the range to 180m in line of sight.
*Jabil is supplying us with the worlds first pattern bluetooth antenna. Right now we're not allowed to tell you more, because it's still a secret!
We are very serious about battery life, and use our profiles to get the most out of it. By capturing useful data such as location and movement, we allow nodes to go to sleep when they can. If you’re at home, your keys can go to sleep. They are woken up as soon as they move, or your other things are making a network, signalling you’re about to move.
Cloud Based Intelligence
Your life is insanely complicated, and helping you make decisions requires computing power. By spreading this computing power over the nodes, your phone, and the cloud, we are able to do complicated things. We have spent 3 years researching exactly how to do this, and writing the algorithms allowing this intelligence. We’ve come a long way from ‘If This then That’.
In our design nothing has been spared. Too often we find that IoT nodes look utilitarian, toy-like and have no respect for the aesthetics of your everyday life, or lack the quality and style appropriate for everyday use. Our nodes were designed from the start to not only look great, but feel great in your hands too.
The distinct flattened hour-glass shape not only feels great in the hand, but allows us to attach a score of accessories easily and securely. The keyring hole at the top of the product not only allows easy attachment, but aligns every node perfectly in its accessory for that clean, elegant look.
We have come a long way, and the release of the Nordic N52 chip has allowed us to go public in confidence. It also allows us to finalise our shell design and interface design.
The production availability of the N52 is still half a year away. We'd really like to use that time to engage with you, so we can tweak the product to your preferences.
Note: Pledges are listed without VAT (21%) for EU backers. We don't have to charge VAT for backers outside the EU, and we want to get everyone the lowest price we can. We charge the VAT in the EU shipping cost.This is why EU 'shipping cost' differ for every pledge. Because we are in Europe, shipping costs are quite high. Sadly, there's nothing we can do about that. It's really not helping our cause.
We believe in bringing the real Internet-of-Things to the people, and we want the future in your hands as soon as possible. We need your help to get the hardware production going, and to accelerate our coding team. In that time, we'd love to hear from you what you really want, so we can adjust the details.
Our hardware allows you to do way more than just not forget your things. We'd love to hear from you what YOU would like to do in the future. Here are some of the things already on our roadmap (and included in the first release):
- trakkies as a bicycle finder/alarm/handsfree button (with special accessory)
- trakkies as a digital dog leash, heat alarm and identification
- contextual button use (button changes function dependent on situation)
200K: Awesome Accessories
When the 200k mark is reached, we'll continue our work on the accessories. These will include a flexible wristband, a quick detach wall mount and a fashionable clip to expand the ways you attach your trakkies.
trakkies spent 3 years as a research company at the European Space Agency BIC working on the data science behind the system, perfecting methods of identification, digital language, digital context description, machine learning and ambient intelligence.
In 2014 it became clear that no-one was building the right kind of hardware to support our system, and our focus shifted to building the absolute right kind of hardware.
In 2015 trakkies was selected as one of 11 teams (out of 300) to join Startupbootcamp. Startupbootcamp is one of the largest business accelerator programs in the world, with an extremely high success rate. In the program we increased our product/market fit and acquired a huge network of expert mentors and advisors (from some very successful companies, like a certain navigation electronics company).
During the program our team grew from 6 to 13 people, increasing our capacity and expertise to build the product absolutely right. Let's introduce ourselves:
Risks and challenges
Any hardware company can face challenges when building something radically innovative. We have been working closely with our manufacturing partner Jabil to guarantee both a quality product, reliable production times and availability all over the world. Our team has excellent experience creating hardware products, so we can avoid any delays getting trakkies to you.
Because we want to supply you with the best, we are using the groundbreaking Nordic nRF52 chip, which was launched June 17th. For production, we are highly dependent on the available volume of these new chips.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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