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Insider's Peek at OmniFob™

Insider's Peek at OmniFob™
By David Cooper March 27, 2019 11 comments

The World's First All-In-One IoT Remote for Smart Home and Connected Car

So... What Exactly Are We Building?

In a nutshell, we are developing the World's first all-in-one IoT remote fob that controls smart home and connected car applications. In addition, we have integrated what we think is the top Bluetooth locator on the market in Chipolo.

Omni Features

Smart Home Applications

A remote fob's primary value is that it provides quick access to certain functions - on/off, open/close, lock/unlock, arm/disarm. So, we have focused our efforts on those particular smart home IoT devices which meet that criteria, and they fall into 5 categories:

  • Garage Doors
  • Smart Locks
  • Home Security (i.e. Home Alarm)
  • Smart Lights
  • Smart Outlets & Smart Plugs

While other devices will work with OmniFob, these are our primary targets. Scene support is also an important feature we are working on supporting so you can control multiple devices with one button press. We will explain how this works in a separate post for those of you that are new to Smart Home.

OmniFob in Action

OmniFob in Action

Connected Car

Without question, lock/unlock is the most desired function based upon survey results, emails, phone calls, social media posts, etc. Trust us... we have heard you loud and clear! Over the past several years, we have researched, examined, prototyped, and tested dozens of options, and we are excited that this is the first comprehensive and cost effective solution.

While still early in the development, we are working with the first of what we hope will be several aftermarket connected car applications to bring you a remote start and lock/unlock solution that will control multiple cars in one OmniFob! It does involve the purchase and installation of an aftermarket system, but the benefits are significant.

  • Turn your old car or new car into a connected car in which certain functions like remote start, lock/unlock, etc. can be controlled by your phone and OmniFob
  • Control multiple vehicles with a single fob (so long as an OmniFob compatible aftermarket system is installed in each vehicle)
  • View your car's location via gps from the app
  • Share a virtual key and car location with anyone from the app

Bluetooth Locator Powered by Chipolo

Among the many firsts we have accomplished here at Keyport, we were the first company to incorporate Bluetooth technology into our key organizer with the introduction of our Bluetooth Low Energy locator powered by TrackR back in 2016. After selling out of our first production run, we felt that the technology still had a ways to go before it added meaningful value. In the meantime, we developed KeyportID to provide a lost & found service that worked regardless of location, wifi, and battery life. But we always wanted to offer a Bluetooth solution when we felt the technology was more advanced and not just a novelty. Enter Chipolo. After testing several Bluetooth trackers, we were convinced that the team at Chipolo not only knew exactly what they were doing, but they are just awesome to work with. Based in Europe with an outpost in NYC, the Chipolo team has developed several award-winning locators including the Chipolo Card, Chipolo Classic, and Chipolo Plus. This includes voice control with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.

Here's a demo of Siri programmed to find Chipolo by the customized name "Keyport"...



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Kickstarter - COMING SOON

We are excited to launch a Kickstarter for OmniFob soon... date still TBD, and we are kicking off our pre-campaign marketing this week.

We have created a new website and social media accounts specifically for OmniFob:

Please make sure to sign up on the OmniFob interest list so you can get priority access to our Super Early Bird discounts and keep updated on our develpment progress. We would also appreciate a follow on the above as they are newborn accounts and could use a little help to spread the word. Your enthusiasm and support have a HUGE impact on what we can build for you and how quickly we can do it.

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More to Come

We will keep you posted through our OmniFob interest list as well as Keyport emails and social media (both Keyport and OmniFob). We always want to hear from you... let us know what you want, what problems we can solve, and what we can do to transform your everyday carry.

Learn More About OmniFob

OmniFob™ Quick Controls
OmniFob™ Security is Paramount
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Kristian Kolby May 5, 2019 at 5:02 AM
Make sure Europeans can use the wallsockets (shape and voltage 110-240 volts)
Josh May 21, 2019 at 11:04 AM
No problem, it recharges with a USB Micro cable from any wall charger or computer USB port.
Adam May 9, 2019 at 6:20 AM
Will this integrate with your current product lines by having the ability to replace the chips for chipped car keys as well, allowing them to use a blade or flat blank to fit the Slide or Pivot models? Even better, can it replace the proximity fobs to meet the original intent of your products, to streamline the pocket clutter?
Josh May 21, 2019 at 11:06 AM
Yes, as long as you have a compatible aftermarket system installed in the vehicle. We will provide more information about this soon.
CE May 25, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Micro USB seems like a very dated way to charge for such a cutting edge device. Any chance of using usb-c?
Josh May 28, 2019 at 4:47 PM
We actually looked into using a C charging port. It had two main issues. 1. The female port is actually quite a bit larger than a micro and we had to make the entire unit much bigger, just to accommodate it. 2. The cost of the female connector and providing a C cable with the unit is much more expensive than micro.

We decided to keep it small and keep the cost lower by sticking with micro.
Jake June 4, 2019 at 1:53 PM
What about wireless charging? The ability to set the keys down on a charger rather than plugging it in would be a factor in many people buying this. I am making an assumption here but the average buyers of your products are on the cutting edge of technology and wireless charging pads are so cheap now. This would make this product much cleaner and I think the average consumer of your products would be willing to pay the extra cost for the added benefit. However, I do not know the added costs or downsides of this perk but I was wondering if you had considered this option? (I also agree with the USB-C over Micro USB comment from before if this could be of use to you at all in your development.) Thank you for your time and your answers to everyone on here.
Alex June 9, 2019 at 2:55 AM
Strongly agree
Brant May 28, 2019 at 3:48 PM
This sounds and looks great. But what guarantee do we have, if we invest, that this isn’t another “Kanoa Earbud” scam? I invested in that, years ago and lost money. There was a “Company”. There were sample earbuds. There was even reviews.
I do really like this idea but hesitant on any startup company. No disrespect. Just being honest.
Josh May 28, 2019 at 5:04 PM
It's a valid concern Brant. This will actually be our 4th Kickstarter, with all three previous campaigns funded and fulfilled successfully. We've also been building OmniFob for nearly two years. We're on our 3rd round of prototypes and currently have about 15 units in the field being tested by our dev team, partners, staff, and beta testers. The app is in build 25 and works really well. We want to make sure it can do everything we're touting prior to launch.
Ralph Bonnell June 14, 2019 at 10:47 AM
Any feedback on battery life so far? With normal use, how often would this need to be plugged into power? Either way, looking forward to adding this to my Keyport.