KickStarter Spotlight: Keeo

KickStarter Spotlight: Keeo

Aug 21, 2013

Now this is the kind of KickStarter Spotlight I can get behind. I am constantly losing my keys, and I am basically always on the look for some help in that department. Coming to my pathetic rescue is Keeo, and its help cannot come soon enough. Keeo is a fairly ambitious project that aims to completely revolutionize the way we carry and attempt to not lose our keys. What I like about Keeo is its impressive styling that is complemented with solid metal construction. It can hold up to three keys at one time and these are locked in by a one-size-fits-all system that firmly secures most common styles of metallic keys. Come time to open a door simply pull Keeo out and push a button and out pops the correct key like some Inspector Gadget switchblade.

Okay, so now that all my keys are in one device this just makes it more convenient for me to lose all of them at once. Fortunately, this is not where this project ends. As with most KickStarter Spotlight’s we have done in the past Keeo communicates with any smartphone via Bluetooth; sounding an alarm anytime it navigates more than 20m away. Of course there is also the ability to turn that phone into some sort of key finding metal detector which helps when the keys have been buried under a jacket or between cushions of the couch. All this is done via a free app that, as previously stated, uses Bluetooth that maintains contact with Keeo. One initial addition to this app is an included temperature sensor within the Keeo that will give current ambient temperature on demand. The KickStarter page states that the internal batter will last up to 10 years depending on use, which is a pretty ambitious claim, and one that, if true, is very impressive.

As I mentioned at the top of this article, Keeo is constructed from a single machined block of stainless-steel which is constructed fully in Germany. Coming in at just around 2 ounces; this is a very well engineered product whose durability should be the stuff of legends.

So, take a look at Keeo; their project will not be funded unless they receive 1,500 advance orders, and I wholeheartedly believe this project is worthy of production. Besides, who really enjoys fumbling with key rings and tearing apart the bedroom in search of the house keys?

Theme Thursday: Four Key for GO Locker

Theme Thursday: Four Key for GO Locker

Apr 12, 2012

Rarely on Android is the lock screen customized. Most people are not even aware that this is an option, even those who have custom launchers. I, for one, am not entirely sold on non-stock launchers simply because I have not found one that consistently works faster then HTC’s Sense locker. Sometimes there is a slight lag between unlocking and when the custom locker actually appears, giving a glimpse of the home screen before slyly taking it away. Nobody wants their software to be laggy, which is exactly why I have been regularly off and on with custom launchers.

Just a while ago I decided to give GO Locker a chance because I am already using GO Launcher and I had grown tired, yet again, of stock Sense UI. A big reason I chose to go back to this mistress again is because I have found that GO Locker, at least for me, is the most consistent and quickest locker that I have used. So this week we are switching it up and busting out a theme for GO Locker called Four Key. With the new version of HTC’s Sense UI they introduced a locker that allows opening of selected actions or apps directly from the lock screen. Seeing as my phone is deemed too old to receive this update I am stuck looking for alternatives.

This brought me to Four Key with its center button that is simply dragged to either the unlock position or to the other three corners to open any application of my choosing. Most likely these applications will be the dialer, a text messaging app of choice, and either a camera or media player, but the options are entirely up to the user aside from the unlock panel which is always on the bottom of the circle. These custom apps open up with a snap and there is nary a hint of lag. As a theme, Four Key looks great and there are certainly no complaints there. It would be nice to change the clock font, but everything else from the transparency to the cool blue tones are excellent. There are not many options to fiddle with but all the core ones are present, which is really all that is necessary.

I was impressed by this theme’s swiftness and its ability to get out of the way if all I wanted to do was simply and quickly unlock my phone. The biggest test of a good launcher is not so much the bells and whistles but if it can get out of the way the moment the user wants it to. Fortunately, Four Key and GO Locker deliver where so many locker apps fall short.