KickStarter Spotlight: Trellie

KickStarter Spotlight: Trellie

Jan 23, 2013

Easily, the most frustrating first world problems is when people do not answer their phones. The ones who have jobs or classes are understandable but when somebody is just sitting around or driving from one place to another those missed calls seem inexcusable. Trying to point as little fingers as possible the most common reason that these calls go unanswered is because wives and girlfriends have their phone buried in their Mary Poppins’ purse. Incredibly, no one has thought to try and come up with solutions for this problem. Phones, notably, HTC devices come with optional charms to try and draw attention to notifications but there are not very many products available that work outside of the purse.

Enter the Trellie, a metallic key chain that attaches to the outside of any woman’s purse and has two lights that illuminate and blink when ever the connected phone is receiving or has missed a call. This really does two things because, especially at night, the blinking will be a great visual alarm as well as something that lets the user dig into their bag and check their phone less. This secondary use really does free up social situations and keeps the user engaged in the people around them instead of constantly rummaging through their purses.

The device is supposed to be used as a fashionable accessory that clips onto a purse with its metallic shell. The two lights are hidden well but I have questions about how noticeable this light will be. Even though it is a good visual reminder I would have liked to have seen an included speaker to give an audio cue which would sound louder than that muffled phone. The size is also bigger than I would expect and I have questions about the practicality of a device so large. The device holds two AA batteries which makes up a majority of the bulk, and connects to any phone via bluetooth. I have not seen any tag-along app to manage the device, but I feel that one has to be in the works. Their KickStarter page brings a lot of attention to the fact that this device would make mothers more available and aware during emergency situations when immediate contact is needed. This is mind, I think that Trellie is a great KickStarter project that may actually help some lives. Even thought it is well on its way to completing its goal like most KickStarter projects it still needs the help of the internet to become a reality.

KickStarter Spotlight: EverPurse

KickStarter Spotlight: EverPurse

Oct 10, 2012

It is very rare on Android Rundown that we give a shout out to the ladies. Tech blogs tend to be a very male-centric medium and in that nature there is not a lot of attention cast in the direction of some more feminine products. So with that in mind I present EverPurse, which really is exactly what it sounds like, a purse with that charges a smartphone. But what makes EverPurse so great is that it really rises beyond that and becomes something that is so much greater than just a purse with a battery.

The first aspect is that the phone slides gently into a slot or pocket on one side in the purse. This pocket has guides at the bottom that easily brings the phone onto the charger so there are no messy cords to deal with. Simply side the phone in and it is charging instantly; could not be simpler.

Secondly, the way the internal battery charges is ingenious. Using inductive charging, or more simply, wireless charging, the EverPurse is able to be placed onto a charging mat and it is automatically charging right away. There is no need to grab a cord and plug something in, and it can be charging for an entire night or just on a quick trip upstairs. Just like before, this really could not be simpler.

Another reason that I am excited about this project, even though I do not regularly carry a purse on me is that I appeals to the shift in the way that electronics are used now. There has been this shift and people need their phones to work all day and maybe they will not be at their house for a few hours during the middle of the day to charge their phone. By being able to quickly charge while on the train or walking to class is such a big advantage, and being able to do so discretely and stylishly in a major plus.