GOkey, a device created by Doros Kyriakoulis to be used as a charger, cable, locator, memory and remote control attracts more than $580K in crowd funding, making it one of the most successful campaigns for 2014 on Indiegogo.
Greek engineer Doros Kyriakoulis came up with the idea for GOkey, a small device that fits on a key ring and charges smartphones on the go, stores files, locates your keys, or phone, and can also be used as a remote control and usb connector.
And while Athens-born Kyriakoulis moved to San Francisco and gathered a team to create a prototype, he thought that crowd funding would be a good start to help his project move into mass production. The team behind GOkey created a campaign on Indiegogo that absolutely surpassed their wildest dreams. The GOkey project has collected $580,000 in contributions, 540K more than the campaign’s 40K initial goal on May 4.
“First and foremost, we wanted to create a simple and beautiful device that solves your charging needs. GOkey gives you some juice when you need it and is practical enough to use as an everyday USB charging and syncing cable,” says Kyriakoulis.
“But we didn’t stop there. We wanted to make this device smart and connected. A truly worthy key-ring companion.”
The useful Greek gadget has created so much buzz on the crowd funding platform, Indiegogo contacted GOkey’s team and asked them to set new goals for their campaign.
But what exactly is GOkey?
GOkey is many things; it is capable of charging Apple or Android devices for up to two hours, acts as a USB charging or syncing cable, uses Bluetooth technology to help locate a lost phone or lost keys and stores either 8, 16 or 32 GB of flash memory.
“How many times have you been away from a charger and in need of power for your useless, dead phone,” wonders Doros Kyriakoulis.
“More and more devices are available to help with this growing problem, but most of them are bulky or need separate messy cables and people forget to charge them or take them on the go. GOkey fits easily on a key ring among keys, so users won’t even notice it, and GOkey goes with users wherever they may go.”
GOkey was constructed with versatility in mind, so the device is multi-functional and user friendly. It comes with either a lightning cable to charge the iPhone 5/5S/5C or with a Micro USB cable to charge Android or Windows phones. When a user is running low on battery, all they need to do is plug GOkey into their phone and talk or text as they normally would. The battery will provide roughly two hours of backup charge for an iPhone 5.
Doros calls GOkey a “worthy key ring companion” because, in addition to charging mobile devices when users need it most, it connects to a phone via Bluetooth to help users locate lost phones and keys within a 100-foot radius. If a user misplaces his or her keys, the GOkey mobile app will display the signal strength from GOkey, and the signal will get stronger as the user gets closer. Once the user gets close enough to their keys, they can simply press a button in the app that will make GOkey ring to quickly find them. If a user misplaces a phone, they can also make the phone ring by simply pressing a button on GOkey.
For those who are interested in ditching an old USB drive, GOkey also plugs straight into a laptop and holds videos, pictures, music and other files. Depending on which size GOkey is purchased, the device can hold up to 32 GB of memory. GOkey’s memory even has a safe area that’s accessible with a password; it uses a 128 bit encryption for maximum security.
The smart gadget is now available to the public for pre-order here. Prices start at $39. Contributors can expect their GOkey to be delivered in January of 2015.