If you have lost your umbrella at one point or the other in your life, you will definitely like this piece of news. Now you don’t have to leave behind your umbrella in your home or any other place thanks to Davek, a startup based in New York, which is known for selling high-end umbrellas. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its Davek Alert Umbrella. This device has a Bluetooth proximity chip integrated in it, which notifies you immediately if you leave it behind accidentally. So, how does the umbrella work? Let us have a look at this post to know more.
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How does the Umbrella Work?
The umbrella syncs with iOS and Android devices along with the relevant app. The app tracks the distance between the umbrella and your smartphone. For instance, if the app notices that your phone is 30 feet away from the umbrella, it will send a message to your smartphone.
Dave Kahng, the founder of Davek, told Mashable “Among the first concerns about spending $100 on an umbrella is that you might lose it. We realize that if we solve this problem, many more people would opt to spend more for a high-quality umbrella, than an endless stream of replacements.”
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Kahng wanted to use GPS inside the umbrella instead of Bluetooth. However, to keep it affordable and ensure that people do not lose it ever, Bluetooth LE chip was used. This chip is placed inside the umbrella and a normal coin cell battery powers it. The battery will last from one to two years and can be replaced after that.
Kahng said “Building an umbrella with GPS would have been about retrieval — finding an umbrella after you’ve lost it. We wanted a solution that prevented you from losing it in the first place, so we created a ‘virtual leash’.”
There is also a weather feature which will alert you whether you need an umbrella when you leave your house that day.
The total funding goal of the campaign is $50,000, out of which 74 percent has already been funded at the time of writing. The funding will end on 12th April, 2015. The umbrella is available in two colors- black and blue. You can get it at a discounted rate of $99 if you back the project. After the campaign, the product will be available at $125. Shipping will start from September 2015.
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