Bluetooth beacon company Pebblebee announces US-based Global Tech Plastics will be the final assembly manufacturer for its newest product, the Stone, a pebble-sized app shortcut command button and real time item tracking device.
This comes after the company raised their full goal less than 5 days after the launch of their Indiegogo campaign. The Indiegogo campaign launched on June 15, 2015 with a goal of $30,000 and that goal was reached in just under five days.
Pebblebee has raised over $60,000 from more than 1,200 people for their latest product.
With a constant Bluetooth link to a user’s phone, the Stone enables you to track items in real-time using a range indicator and motion detection technology. It can also be set to serve as a shortcut command button for assigned app tasks.
In addition to the tracker, motion sensor and smartphone shortcut features, which enable users to set the button to answer calls, send texts, or activate SIRI, Stone is also equipped with a temperature sensor, a Crowd GPS™, location pairing for range alerts, and is built to be completely water resistant.
Thanks to its simple API, the stone can be easily integrated with any app on the user’s phone, allowing the single button on the Stone to act as a “magic button” with endless opportunities depending on the users’ app catalogue.
“We think of the Stone as a magic pebble in your pocket. The Stone uses a motion sensor to track your stuff so that you can find it later, but that is just the tip of the iceberg,” says Daniel Daoura, CEO of Pebblebee. “It also has the ability to link to hundreds of online shortcuts using IFTTT logic, creating endless solutions for users to make their lives easier.”
While still in its infancy, the use of iBeacon technology is a growing trend. Leading names in the retail industry such as Apple and Macys are using the technology to monitor customer movements in retail stores. ABI research predicts that demand will increase over the next 4 years, leading to a 60 million unit market by 2019. Home and personal asset tracking is predicted to be one of the areas with the highest potential, as iBeacons can be used to feed into the “Internet of Everything”.