Here are some of the pictures of our early prototypes:
This was the first prototype without GPS. Among not having GPS the other issues was that the battery was too small to allow the device to hold a charge for 60 days,
Prototype number 2 we added GPS and connections to allow for a larger battery.
Prototype 3 we reduced the size of the overall unit. We added a couple more features like microphone and speakers for audible alerts. The battery that will power the unit is a 15000mAh Lithium Polymer battery capable of keeping the battery charged for 60 and also give you a full charge on your smart device. It was a huge task for us to be able to design this in a way that you can also use it as a charger for your other devices without affecting the 60 day battery life for the device.
Where are we at in the development now? Now we are adding in the accelerometer to tell the device to shut off while it is in the aircraft. We are also in final design on the water and shockproof housing for the device. The final product with housing should be ready in less than 30 days. Which means we are running ahead of schedule and might possibly be able to move our delivery time up!
We would like to first thank you for showing enough interest in KONAS.
My name is Michael Konas, My wife and I started KONAS six years ago in Riga, Latvia.
KONAS started as a small leather artesian company. We focused on very high quality bags, luggage and shoes.
About 2 years ago we were on holiday and our bags were lost, really lost and never found. This had a prolific effect on our holiday and as you can imagine it put a strain on our relationship.
While we were at dinner towards the end of our holiday were discussing how horrible it was not to have our belongings and that they would probably action them off to the lowest bidder.
This is when our holiday turned around because we both agreed that we never want anyone else to go through the same issues.
We spent the next two years researching materials, luggage, wheels, handles, attachments, linings, we built and tested numerous luggage using all kinds of materials until we found the right combination of everything.
We then assembled an IT team to see if we could build a traceable piece of luggage. The answer was yes.
We are now in the process of developing the tracking device and the application for any smart device so you will never, ever lose your luggage again. You will have more information than the airlines as to where your luggage is.
Not to mention. We have done so much research and believe in our product so much that we know it will last for generations and we stand behind that promise by offering a double lifetime guarantee. No other luggage company in the world offers a guarantee even close. So keep your luggage and then give it to you kids! We will take care of the rest!
Prior to reaching out to the crowdfunding community we spent over $150,000 in R&D. The money put into date is our own, no investors and no debt on our company. The money we spent to date has been developing the tracking chip. Of course there are sever tracking devices out there but the one developed works on three technologies. The technologies are WiFi, GSM (like your mobile phone) and GPS. Why three different technologies? We wanted our products be more than just lost luggage from the airlines. We wanted to be a means of tracking you loved ones when they go off on an adventure where there is no cell communication. We wanted to make it possible to track your belongings if you sea freighted around the world. We also wanted to make it possible for two or more adventure seekers to find each other if they got separated simply by exchanging serial numbers in the app. KONAS is much more than tracking your luggage with the airlines.
As well as the tracking chip we also had to develop a waterproof case to house the chip, artificial intelligence that would allow the chip to decide which technology to use and also to turn it's self off while in flight to meet FAA regulations. The built in accelerometer also tells the tracking device when to turn its self back on. We also had to design the luggage and backpacks in such a way that the tracing device is safe and secure and also easy to reach for recharging the 60 day life battery, while maintaining the standard of ultralight gear.
What We Need & What You Get
Where does all the money go? Let us answer that but first let me tell you where KONAS is today.
We now have our full production facility for both the tracking chip and the luggage. We have two distribution centers, our main plant in Riga, Latvia and our distribution center in Dubai, UAE.
The money we are seeking now will go directly to finishing the application for your smartphone, mobile device and desktop. Why does it take 50,000 to build an application? It doesn't! We ran the production margins thin so that we could bring you the best perks at the best price. This means that many more perks must be taken so that we can reach our development cost, not to mention the taxes and other cost associated with fund raising. We also did not want to put ourselves in a situation where we offer perks that are financially impossible to execute on.
Here is the breakdown:
$30,000 - Goes to completing and testing the APP
$20,000 - Goes to fulfilling the perks
So what do you get? When you purchase a set of luggage from KONAS this will literally be the last set of luggage you will ever purchase. We have spent a lot of time developing our luggage and we are the only company confident enough to offer a double lifetime warranty. See our FaQ's. You will also be the only people to have this model. After our campaign we are destroying the molds so this is a very limited edition model.
What about backpacks? We have developed super strong, light weight gear. We are all backpackers and travelers at KONAS (except our IT guy ;) but we love him anyway) we know what is necessary and how much abuse these packs will take. We offer a 5 year warranty on our backpacks, all of our backpacks feature rip stop, most with hydration systems and ultralight material.
What else? You will be getting KONAS products at a highly discounted price for this campaign. We will not offer these prices again. This pricing structure is set up for us to finalize our products and ship to you! All of the items that we offer on this page are limited edition. They will also sport the Indigogo logo so you can always remember that you were a founding member of KONAS.
Here is the big one. The application. We are going to try and keep this a free service although the cost of purchasing data packages through carriers is very expensive. Our chips constantly ping GSM towers and satellites depending on the situation which combined with several thousand devices doing this at the same time equals a pretty big data plan! For those who helped KONAS to get to the final stage of production and delivery, you will receive this service free for life unconditionally. Even if we have to make it paid service in the future, you will still have it free.
You will also remain our our founder’s page life. We will not take this page down it is our way of thank you and staying humble by remembering how we reached this level. 1-65$ you will be listed on our bronze section, 150-400$ you will be listed as a gold founder and everything above 400$ you will be listed as a platinum founder!
In 2012 the airlines were responsible for losing more than 26,000,000 pieces of luggage.
2 years later that number has increased to 40,000,000 by the year 2019 the number of bags lost but the airlines is expected to reach in excess of 70,000,000.
The problem is worsening and costing the airline industry a total of $2.6 billion just to track down the owners. This is a direct influence in the rising cost of airline travel.
The stress and cost impact on the airline passengers is something that you cannot put a number too. The feeling of not having your luggage or even not knowing where it is can be terrifying.
What's the Risk
We have spent that last two years in R&D to get to this point and minimize the risk.
Is there still a risk? Yes.
With any venture there is inherent risk. The risks we face are not getting the funding which will not stop us but will add a tremendous amount of time to our development time.
If we do reach our funding goal our biggest risk is, not delivering on time. In software development you can always run into a snag. We have mitigated this risk by employing some brilliant minds from Harvard and MIT. We will keep you informed the whole step of the way. If we reach our goal we will deliver on our promise no matter what it takes. We take our reputation very seriously not to mention our future.
As far as production is concerned. We already have our production line set up and capable of producing several thousand pieces of luggage per month. We will limit our limited edition run to only those who support us on Indigogo.
To finish the application and software we need three months which puts us in November. The luggage, backpacks and tracking chip will take us 50 days, which we will run simultaneously with the software development. We are shooting to have everything delivered by Christmas this Year! Is it worth the wait? Yes if you want the best gear on the planet with the best warranty on the planet!
Tell a Friend
Purchasing a perk is not the only way that you can support KONAS and get rewarded!
If you spread the word about how great KONAS is and 5 people purchase a medium size piece of luggage we will send you a cabin bag for free (you just pay for the shipping).
If 10 people you recommend buy a medium piece of luggage or larger package then we will send you a full set (you just pay for the shipping).
If you are a super start and get 20 people to purchase a medium size bag or larger package we will send you a full set of luggage and three backpacks of your choice! NOW GET OUT THERE AND SPREAD THE WORD!!!
We appreciate all of your support and hope by offering you great perks we can show you how grateful we are.
When I buy KONAS luggage or backpacks with smart phone tracking do I have to pay a monthly or yearly subscription to use the GPS tracking application?
No. Once you purchase one of our products, the application and tracking service is free for life.
Where do you produce your luggage?
Our parts are all manufactured in different parts of the world. The final assembly and testing is done in our factory in Riga, Latvia
Where do you ship?
We ship globally
Why is the estimated delivery date December 2014?
Although we are at the tail end of our development of the software and hardware, we still need a little time to perfect everything and make sure that when we do deliver your products they are perfect so you will never have to worry about your bags. This is much better for you to have a company with your best intrest in mind than a company that is rushing to deliver to get the sales
Where will my product be shipped from?
Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand will be shipped from our factory in Latvia
Middle East, Africa, Asia, India will be shipped from our Dubai distribution center
Can I buy from a store near me?
Not yet. For now the only way you can purchase is on Indigogo and then our web store once our Indigogo campaign is over we will launch our web store.
Can I become a dealer?
Yes. If you have a brick and mortar store and would like to become a dealer please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
We will send you a dealer application with the minimum order requirements
If I have a web store can I become a retailer?
We will consider it. Please send an email to email@example.com
Can I become a distributor?
If you are currently a distributor and would like to become a distributor for KONAS. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org we will send you an application and minimum order requirements
Why do you not have a large selection of luggage and backpacks?
Our goal is to make the best luggage and backpacks on the market while giving you the best warranty on the market. We can only do this if we focus on a couple of products at a time. As we grow we will offer a wider selection but we promise never to do this at the cost of delivering you a less than perfect product
What is your warranty?
Our luggage has a double lifetime, unconditional warranty. Our backpacks have a 5 year warranty please see our warranty section and if you should ever have an issue with one of our products please send us an email to email@example.com we will respond within 24 hours (time differences) and we will rectify your problem immediately
What is planned next?
We have something really amazing coming up! We can't tell you now but in the near future we will tell the world. This is the next coolest thing in the luggage industry besides being able to finally track your luggage.
Below you will find all the publications that KONAS has been in.