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February 19, 2013

Embedded M2M Solutions - hipKey: a 'Hip' Way to Track Personal Devices


We’ve been pushing buttons all our lives, at work, at home and even when we travel, but the strangest thing is that we don’t tire of doing that. In fact, we love our buttons to do more, so that we have to think less in return.

Copenhagen-based hippih , with its sights on careless users and anxious parents, has developed the incredible hipkey, a key ring that alerts Apple’s iOS users when they part company with their valuable belongings, be it an iPad or iPhone (News - Alert) or a child that has strayed too far away.


“hipkey offers peace of mind to users, keeping track of their expensive items and loved ones when life gets in the way,” said Danny van der Poel, CEO at hippih.

The volume of the alarm can be regulated, and the distance at which the system triggers the alarm can be set accordingly as well. The adjustable bar allows users to set different distance references – short, medium and long.

The maximum range as of now is 50 meters using Bluetooth Smart (4.0) technology.

The 7-mm thick, compact hipkey, can be attached to a key ring, held comfortably in the hand, slid into a child’s pocket or stowed away in a bag. Made of anodized aluminum, the ring has a robust build and can withstand constant motion while in transit.

It connects to Apple (News - Alert) iPad and iPhone via a free iOS App and operates in four modes.  When connected to the phone or tablet via Bluetooth, the alarm mode will send out a loud signal if a paired device goes beyond the safe distance.

Valuable devices that have been left behind can be traced before it’s too late.

Keeping an eye on a restless child is hard as well, and if it’s a public place, it’s even harder. By attaching hipkey to the child or placing it in his/her pocket, its mode comes into play and parents will be warned if s/he wanders too far.

Similarly, if the hipkey is hidden in a bag, the motion mode triggers the built-in sensor to send an alarm to the owner if the purse is being stolen.

If you depress the action button on the hipkey, a mobile device that has slipped under a cushion or down the back of a sofa emits a loud alarm and starts vibrating, making it easy to locate. The ‘Find me mode’ is great for those who frequently misplace their devices at home.

And if you don’t want those alarms ringing because you feel that your child is in a safe zone, all you have to do is switch off the alarms and mark the safety zone at the safe limits.

Hopefully with hipkey, there will be fewer mobile devices lost in cafes, airports and other public places.




Edited by Braden Becker


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