Featured Kickstarter: The iBeacon

Following our theme of backing some of the more “homegrown” Kickstarter campaigns (see here), we now would like to bring your attention to another UK-based and gadget-related campaign: The iBeacon.

The iBeacon aims to solve one of life’s most frustrating occurrences: missed calls. We’ve all been there: you hear something that sounds vaguely familiar but it’s too quiet so you pause a second to hear more closely. Then it hits you – it’s your phone! Unfortunately your phone is down in the bottom of your bag, and no matter how fast you search for it amongst your other belongings, there’s always the same outcome: it goes to voicemail before you get a chance to answer.
Either that or you don’t hear it at all, and when you finally stop for a break to check your phone you find 10 missed calls and 20 text messages asking why you aren’t answering.

The iBeacon is a small beacon that clips onto your bag and alerts you via a speaker and flashing light to activity on your phone. And thanks to the bright red fabric cable that connects the iBeacon to your phone’s headphone jack socket, it even helps you locate your phone within your bag quickly so you don’t miss that all important call.

We really like the iBeacon and think it is a nifty little device, plus we think it is worth backing just for the great packaging that it comes in. It’s a simple yet effective solution, which is a welcome change in a world that is becoming more and more complicated.

If you would like to get your hands on one, or are just interested in helping to get the iBeacon into production, then you can pledge money in the usual way via their Kickstarter campaign page. A nominal pledge of just £14 will get you on the early-bird package, and will let you choose between a white or a black iBeacon.

To find out more about the iBeacon, then visit the campaign page, or contact them directly via their twitter account, @iBeacon1.

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