Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Davek Alert Umbrella: Never lose your umbrella again

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Strong, sleek—and never lost. High-performance umbrellas that connect seamlessly to your phone. Never lose your umbrella again!
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I have used Davek umbrellas for many years and their craftsmanship is impeccable, great quality and an amazing Lifetime warranty. 
An umbrella has one job—to keep you dry.  But if you lose it, it’s not much help. So how do you prevent someone from losing an umbrella?  We’ve created a new way for your umbrella to communicate with you, reminding you that you’re about to leave it behind. Yes, your umbrella will talk to you.
Fortune: Finally, smart tech comes to your rain gear. The umbrella is basically impossible to lose.
Gizmodo: It's a simple but effective way to make it easier to justify spending a few more bucks on a nice umbrella.
The Dishh: Sounds like another way to make our lives simpler--we're sold!
GearHungry: Davek's Alert Umbrella is expertly built and reliably holds up against strong winds.
CoolThings: Since a high-tech umbrella won't be much use if it gets damaged, the Davek Alert is built for durability.
Bloomberg Business: The Davek Alert offers a real-life benefit to the Internet of Things.
WEB3IOT: The Davek Alert is well constructed and elegant. 
The Upscout: It just easily and simply connects to your phone to alert you when you’ll need it.

Loss Alert: How it works

Hidden in the handle of this sleek umbrella is a tiny Bluetooth-based "proximity chip."  This chip broadcasts a silent signal, read by your smart phone.  By connecting the chip to your phone, we’re able to build an invisible leash between your umbrella—and you.
The feature will automatically activate when you pick up your umbrella. Now, if the distance between the chip and your phone exceeds a certain distance—30 ft or so—the umbrella would send a reminder to your phone.  Never forget your umbrella again!
The Bluetooth LE chip is powered from a plain coin cell battery, easily available at any hardware or drugstore.  It's designed to go into sleep mode when not in use, so a single battery will last 1-2 years (depending on use).  The battery is easily replaceable. 

Set up

Setting it up is easy. Download our free app on your phone (via Apple App store or Google Play).
Simply hold the umbrella near the phone for 60 seconds. The umbrella will automatically connect.  You can easily turn the alert off or pause it for the day.  Plus, a convenient weather module will show you the forecast, letting you know if you’ll need an umbrella for the day. 

The Umbrella

On top of everything else, this is no ordinary umbrella. In fact, we’re pretty confident that this will be the BEST umbrella you will ever own. The frame is uniquely strong, and engineered for durability.
The canopy fabric is ultra-thin and very strong. It’s made of 190-thread count microfiber fabric, the tightest weave available. A special water repellant treatment forces water to bead—and roll right off.
Push button system is auto-open and auto-close. Push once to open, again to close. If the umbrella ever inverts, just push the button to automatically revert back to closed position.
New!  Due to popular demand...
A few backers have requested that we add a strap to the Davek Alert. So, without further ado, we've decided to add a gorgeous, top-grain leather hand strap to the umbrella. 
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How strong is the Davek Alert umbrella?
The Davek Alert umbrella's frame system is a unique combination of steel, aircraft-grade aluminum and fiberglass. The result is a unique balance between rigidity and flexibilty--the rigidity to resist inversion for most natural wind and the flexibity to revert back unharmed for the rest. Check it out as I put it to the test:
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Tech Stuff

Davek Loss Alert uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to keep your umbrella by your side.  Because BLE consumes very low power, a single battery will last for months, if not years, longer than any GPS or other wireless device.  Radio distance varies slightly from actual distance, depending on nearby materials and obstacles, so there may be a minor variance when a notification is sent.  The proximity chip is powered by a CR 2032 coin battery.  We've designed the chip to detect when the umbrella is in use and when it's not.  If it's not in active use, it will go into sleep-mode.  The second you pick it up, it goes into wake-mode.  The module complies with all FCC, IC and CE certification requirements. Warranty for this item will be determined after development.



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