KickStarter Spotlight: SmartWallit

KickStarter Spotlight: SmartWallit

Apr 10, 2013

I realize that I am not the only person who misplaces their wallet, but I find it hard to believe that there are people on this earth who lose theirs more consistently than I do. For years I have been casually looking into different ways to help me organize my life, and there are a few products on the market that allow the user to remotely find their missing, tagged items. Obviously, the problem here is that these products, for the most part, are separate items and are just as prone to being forgotten and misplaced as the wallet itself.

So why not put the device on the smartphone? Everyone has one and if implemented well enough it can work as a symbiotic relationship. Fortunately for all of humanity there is a project floating around on KickStarter right now that might be the world’s solution to the endless struggle to keep tabs on arguably the two most important items in the average person’s life. Called SmartWallit, this ambitious startup has developed a product that will ingeniously alert its owner if either the wallet or phone gets left behind.

SmartWallit works differently than most products of its ilk in that it will actively alert the user through vibration and beeping. Something I do at every possible opportunity is leave my phone sitting in the cupholder when I leave my car. If SmartWallit was equipped in my back pocket, the moment I get close to my front door it would start beeping and vibrating, reminding me I had left my phone behind for the third time today. For those concerned about rogue beep sessions or that having this means dealing with an acoustic barrage every time they leave the room purposely without their phone need not worry. Build into SmartWallit is a very clever way to turn it off; meerly tapping the wallet will disable SmartWallit and silence the alarm.

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What is really amazing are all the other ambitious features that come included in this package. The SmartWallit is not a one trick pony as its included app contains more than just a way to find a misplaced wallet. One of the more odd, but strangely logical, addition is that of a lightweight spending tracker. See, SmartWallit obviously knows every time the wallet is opened and removed due to its accelerometer so, if enabled, it will send a small reminder to aid the user in tracking their expenditures; complete with helpful bar and pie charts. Add in the ability for SmartWallit to double as a cardholder, money clip, or addition to a keychain, and it is clear the development team really went all out in making this simple concept something that stands heads and shoulders above the competition.

Joseph Bertolini
Joseph is an Mechanical Engineering student at The Ohio State University as well as an amateur photographer.
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