Findster: The GPS tracker without monthly fees

Findster tracks your loved one's activity and location. Doesn't require a monthly fee.
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We closed our campaign extension and we were ready to say goodbye, but actually… Indiegogo wasn’t.

We’ve been selected to be one of the first campaigns to stay on Indiegogo in the “Forever Funding” section.

You can find our permanent campaign Here ! and tell your friends and family that they can still buy their Findster.

By the way, our referral campaign is still on, so keep sharing and getting $10 back for each person that buys one Findster through you.

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There's one fear that everyone can relate to: the panic of losing a loved one.

Chills, stomach-churning, racing heart, sweat and heavy breathing… Can you imagine not knowing where your child is? Or your pet?

You don't have to. Not ever again.


We present you FINDSTER.


Thanks to Findster, you are always connected to the ones you love.

Findster tracks your loved one's activity and location, keeping you informed on their health and safety.


Findster Kids


Findster Pets



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Findster is a new and innovative GPS tracking system working towards the safety of your loved ones, finding them whenever you want to. Compared to other systems on the market, Findster is free of charge. There are no monthly fees! That's what makes us your best choice.



There are two primary devices, one for you and one for your loved one. They are wirelessly connected to each other, and all you need to make them work is the Findster's App on your smartphone.

You can follow their moves in your pre-selected area and you receive alerts whenever they leave that space. With Findster you can also see how much time your child takes getting from home to school, or from school to a friend's house.



You can increase the range and capabilities
of Findster.


To increase the ubiquity and range of Findster, there is a third device to the system, a base station that can be placed in strategic points, expanding your connection area and protecting who you care about even when you're not home.



Imagine your workplace is far from your residence. As long as you have a base station at home, you can continuously track your child or your pet in your neighborhood. Being away from home doesn't mean you can't be connected to those dearest to you.


And if your neighborhood joins Findster by getting additional base stations, the protection zone becomes even bigger. These base stations can also be placed in schools and playgrounds to increase the area of protection. The larger the Findster’s web, the more omnipresent you become.

But there's more...

We want to ensure your comfort. Imagine a sunny day, reading a book in the park—but you can't take your eyes off your child. Now you can. Findster has a fall detection alert.  If your child stumbles and falls, Findster will let you know.



What about your Pet...

Have you ever wished you knew what your pet has been doing
while you were out?


Has he been resting or trying to eat your furniture?

Findster has an activity tracker option that allows you to know its activity levels during the day.


Make sure you are everywhere.


Support Findster now and be one of the first to have it, at a very (very) limited special price. Once you get it, you can use it forever WITHOUT MONTHLY FEES!

A short term step for a long term peace of mind.




Features




Findster’s Secret Sauce


The Findster ecosystem is composed of 5 components:
Portable charger, Parent/Guardian module, Child or Pet module, Basestation and smartphone App (Android and iOS).



The Child or Pet module was designed specifically to be comfortable when applied yet secure. This module includes a high-precision GPS system and a 3-axis accelerometer that enables the detection of whether the child fell or, in the pet’s case, what his activity index was throughout the day.



Wireless communication system

One of the Findster secrets is in its innovative wireless communication system, used to establish communication between the pet/child module and its guardian/parent module (or the pet/child module and the Base Station).

Our proprietary wireless protocol allows you to obtain communication range of 0.62 miles (1 km) between both modules, thereby eliminating the need to send the coordinates through a cellular connection. In this way, we have removed the required monthly fees that are intrinsic to other GPS tracking systems on the market.


Findster ecosystem


The Parent/Guardian module serves as a gateway between your smartphone and the Child or Pet module, enabling a long-range bi-directional communication between both.

All the controls and displays of data are centralised in the Findster App. 

The third element of the Findster ecosystem is the basestation.

The basestation can be placed, for example, in your home, powering a communication range of 1.24 miles (​​2 km). The basestation wireless communication uses the same proprietary protocol of the child/pet module. However, because it has no restrictions in terms of battery consumption or size, we were able to design a system with a range 2x greater than the wearable module.

And because each basestation has a wi-fi connection, even if the child or pet leaves your home’s security zone, when approaching another basestation it is automatically re-connected with your smartphone through the Cloud—always guaranteeing your privacy. 

Only you and those who you have authorised can have access to data modules.




Security zone


When the Child or Pet leaves the defined security zone, the application sends an immediate alert. If they are in the coverage radius of the Parent/Guardian module, the module’s location continues to be monitored. When the connectivity between the two modules is lost, the last detected position is saved. If this happens, the Findster ecosystem activates the alert mode and all other modules start searching for the lost Child or Pet. When they find it, they send its current location through the cloud to the Parent/Guardian’s smartphone App.

Furthermore, a module defined as lost will always look for a link to a basestation with  an internet connection. When getting this connection, it will send its current position to your smartphone and other people authorized to access the module’s location.




Technical Specifications



Dimensions




Software




Why we are different


Findster represents the next generation of GPS tracking systems, allowing a solution that combines the ubiquity of use without the need for monthly fees.


Why we need you


We have been working hard, and Findster is finally a fully functional prototype. Now we need your help to guarantee its mass production.

We’re at the starting line, ready to begin. Support us and be the first to get one.
Join our project and share it with your family and friends.
Together we can go even further and take Findster to the next step.

Why should you help us? It’s simple:

- Be the first to get one and benefit from a very special price
- Always be connected to the ones you love and guarantee their safety
- Be part of our history; let’s do it together




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Production Timeline




The Findster Team



We don’t solve problems. We prevent them. And we have a proven track record in this.

We are a multidisciplinary team with years of experience in engineering, design and physics.


We came together with the sole purpose of creating and developing technologies that will improve your quality of life. Our goal is to bring security and peace of mind to everyone.

Findster is our way of doing it.



Risks and Challenges


Like any innovative project, the development of Findster presents some risks and several challenges. Over the past few months, the whole team has worked to ensure that none of the risks and challenges prevent us from a timely delivery of the system with the quality that our supporters deserve.

We worked with our supply chain to ensure that production will take place as scheduled. We have a fully functional prototype and we are currently working on the final version of the system.


The Findster team has developed other innovative technologies that combine software with hardware. We have the manufacturing flow line prepared, as well as the protocols for testing and validation of various critical components of our system.

We are absolutely sure that – with your support – Findsters will become a reality in time and with the quality you deserve.




FAQ


1. How can I contribute to the campaign? 

Anyone can contribute. You just need to have a PayPal account to pay the perk. If you do not have a PayPal account but have a credit card, you can use the "Pay as guest" feature in PayPal.

For instructions on how to Pay as a Guest on PayPal, please visit:  How to Contribute via PayPal without a PayPal Account.


2. How many modules can be connected to the parent/owner’s module simultaneously?

Up to 30 modules simultaneously.


3. What type of battery is used in the modules (rechargeable or replaceable)?

The Findster modules use rechargeable batteries. To recharge the battery module, simply insert the module into the basestation or connect to a Findster suitable charger (included in the perk).


4. Can other unauthorised modules be connected to my kid's/pet's module?

Not unless they are explicitly allowed (monitoring group).

Other guardian modules could serve as a gateway for sending data to the web service, but only if there is authorization from the owner of these modules.


5. How is the connection established between Findsters? How does the guardian’s module connect with the smartphone?

The pairing of the modules is made possible via the mobile application.

In the smartphone, you can see a list of compatible Findster modules and the desired module is selected using its identifier (name associated with the device), similarly to a Bluetooth connection. This connection only needs to be done once.


6. Why are two modules necessary?

The Findster’s secret sauce is its proprietary RF technology that allows for two modules to communicate in a range of up to 1km. If we were using just one module to communicate with the smartphone – as a Bluetooth tracker does – then we would only be able to achieve 50m of communication range.

We weren’t satisfied with that range, so we’ve developed our own technology. It adds an extra module to the system but enables us to communicate at a range of up to 1km.


7. What happens if the smartphone is too far from the guardian's module?

With Findster you will never be able to lose your guardian modules anywhere. What Findster does is it constantly monitors the distance between the smartphone and the guardian module. If this distance is greater than a preset threshold, an alert is posted on the module (sound/vibration) and on the smartphone.


8. When my kid is missing, will other Findster users be able to help?

Yes, because Findster has networking capabilities. A missing child can transmit its location anonymously using other Findsters. The information is relayed through our web service to its destiny.


9. What is the purpose of the basestation?

The basestation (BS) allows you to extend the coverage area of the Findster network. Since the base station does not have the same power and space constraints of the Findster modules, we were able to devise a more powerful version of our RF communication system.

Moreover, being Wi-Fi enabled, it establishes a link between the base station and all your Findster modules, even if you’re outside of your home. So, once the BS is connected to the Internet, parents/guardians will be able to track their kids/pets remotely.

The base station also serves as a charging dock for up to 4 modules simultaneously.


10. Is data privacy guaranteed?

Yes, the Findster system ensures that only authorized modules have access to the data exchanged between them.


11. Can I share access to my child/pet module with other people I trust?

Yes. If the module is associated with an account, its owner can easily share access with other users and create a network of caregivers.


12. Why will Findster not be available until April 2015? 

It is very common in other crowd funding projects to set a very optimistic deadline and then postpone the launch for several months, causing a widespread sense of disappointment.

We do not want that to happen and so we studied in detail – with our manufacturing and certification partners – the time required to have the final version of the product (with the required quality).

If all goes as planned, most likely we can deliver Findster sooner, but we do not want to set an optimistic deadline we aren’t absolutely sure we can meet. The only certainty we have is that in April 2015 the Findster system will be in your hands, made to the quality it deserves.


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    Get one extra kid’s module to customize your Findster system. Note: Guardian’s module and basestation not included.

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    Connect and protect your local neighborhood with the power of the Findster Network. The Neighborhood package includes 4 Basestations and 4 Findster Modules (kids or pets). Get it now at a very limited special price of 550$ (Retail price of 949$). (Shipping: please add $20 to ship to Europe and $30 to ship Worldwide, outside Europe)

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