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Insider's Peek at OmniFob™

Insider's Peek at OmniFob™
By David Cooper March 27, 2019 39 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.

UPDATE: We are replacing the Micro-USB charging port with USB-C per our backer's and customer's requests!

USB-C now on OmniFob

PRE-ORDER OMNIFOB ON INDIEGOGO!

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

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.

PRE-ORDER OMNIFOB ON INDIEGOGO!

Kristian Kolby May 5, 2019 at 4:02 AM
Make sure Europeans can use the wallsockets (shape and voltage 110-240 volts)
Josh May 21, 2019 at 10:04 AM
No problem, it recharges with a USB Micro cable from any wall charger or computer USB port.
Mike R June 23, 2019 at 1:21 AM
Ugh not USB type-C?
Josh June 30, 2019 at 9:10 AM
Please check my reply to CE below for the answer.
L0keman July 13, 2019 at 7:36 AM
Exactly. Why not use the current standard? There is no reason for me to have to go buy some ancient cable to use a single device.
Josh July 17, 2019 at 2:50 PM
You will receive a Micro cable with every OmniFob. Actually, USB-C is not mainstream still for a few reasons. Here's an article that explains why https://www.dealerscope.com/article/so-heres-why-usb-c-adoption-is-taking-forever/
Josh August 21, 2019 at 10:48 AM
Good news! We were able find some affordable USB-C options and made the switch. The first production version will come with USB-C now. Thanks for the suggestion! I added a gif in the text above. OmniFob is now available for pre-order on Indiegogo here > http://bit.ly/omnifob-igg6
Josh August 21, 2019 at 10:54 AM
Good news! We were able find some affordable USB-C options and made the switch. The first production version will come with USB-C now. Thanks for the suggestion! I added a gif in the text above. OmniFob is now available for pre-order on Indiegogo here > http://bit.ly/omnifob-igg6
Adam May 9, 2019 at 5:20 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 10:06 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 4:30 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 3:47 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 12:53 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.
Josh July 17, 2019 at 2:51 PM
Wireless charging is even more expensive and requires a receiver coil inside the unit which will significantly increase the size of our tiny OmniFob, unfortunately.
Alex June 9, 2019 at 1:55 AM
Strongly agree
Josh August 21, 2019 at 10:49 AM
Good news! We were able find some affordable USB-C options and made the switch. The first production version will come with USB-C now. Thanks for the suggestion! I added a gif in the text above. OmniFob is now available for pre-order on Indiegogo here > http://bit.ly/omnifob-igg6
Brant May 28, 2019 at 2:48 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 4:04 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.
Collin Shope July 10, 2019 at 4:40 PM
I have backed them before and they have been around for a while. I personally have had Keyport products for over 3 years.
Josh August 21, 2019 at 10:54 AM
Great to hear! Thanks Collin
Sasha Wiesen August 9, 2019 at 9:44 PM
I have had keyports from the start many years ago and can vouge for the company. They're solid and have always had excellent customer service.
Josh August 21, 2019 at 10:49 AM
Thank you for the endorsement Sasha!
Ralph Bonnell June 14, 2019 at 9:47 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.
Josh June 20, 2019 at 3:49 PM
The battery should typically last up to a week between charges. There's a battery indicator on the OmniFob and in the app so you will always know when to plug it in.
Chris M June 29, 2019 at 12:36 PM
I recently purchased a new Ford, and the primary reason I would buy this is to use with my car. Would I have to install anything extra on my new car, or can this be used in conjunction with the existing security system in my car? Essentially I'd be looking at a 3 button capability: lock, unlock, and trunk.
David July 2, 2019 at 5:51 AM
Yes, Chris. You will have to purchase a compatible smart aftermarket system. The first one we are working with is called Mobokey (mobokey.com).

We would love to be able to work with OEMs out of the box, but we need to get some early adoption to bring to the car companies to demonstrate interest first.
Calvin July 5, 2019 at 12:12 AM
Will the OMNI have space to put the transponder chip for the car?
Josh July 17, 2019 at 2:53 PM
If you get a MoboKey Pro system installed in your car, you would not need the key anymore and you'd be able to control the car with the OmniFob. Check it out here > https://mobokey.com/control-your-mobokey-with-omnifob/
Ty July 24, 2019 at 4:59 PM
Will it also work with your their other highly similar product, https://carchabi.com/?
Calvin July 5, 2019 at 10:15 AM
So any idea when the product is gonna be released? Ive had every keyport since V1. Broke my keyport v2 and recently bought keyport v3 and this this omni thing is revolutionary. Give me a date of release and SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
Josh July 17, 2019 at 2:54 PM
It went live today!!! Here's the link > http://bit.ly/omnifob-ks2
Erwin July 12, 2019 at 9:36 PM
Hi, I have a Tesla Model 3, already equipped with Bluetooth access. Would I be able to use the fob for my car? If so, can I use it to enter, open charde port and trunk?
Josh July 17, 2019 at 2:57 PM
Out of the gate it is not compatible but it's on the radar. It wouldn't hurt to tell Elon you want your Tesla to work with OmniFob :)
JasonY July 15, 2019 at 1:43 PM
Would this work with the Comfort Access feature on a 2013 BMW X5?
Rob July 16, 2019 at 8:22 AM
Will it be possible to use Omnifob to replace keyfobs used in residential apartment buildings? My building requires us to use the fob to access just about everything - outer doors, pool, gym, unit, etc. I'm guessing no, but go ahead and make my day!
Josh August 21, 2019 at 10:53 AM
It's a different type of fob you're referring to called passive entry. OmniFob is for SmartHome products like locks, lights, garages, plugs, etc. Some passive entry fobs fit in the Keyport Pivot and we have a Chip Module that can fit some as well but would require modification. Sometimes we can clone them onto a smaller chip as well. Check it out in the store link above.
Ivan September 21, 2019 at 2:20 PM
Im wondering if this unit will do things like replace my remote for power windows and remote power tailgate? Can it configure to their frequencies?
Jacob September 24, 2019 at 5:03 PM
Something like the Omnifob for Entry Tags like this would be incredible:
https://www.hidglobal.com/sites/default/files/proxkeyiii.png
Ken October 30, 2019 at 7:59 AM
Have had 2 keyports for years and love them. Super excited for omnifob. I see on the campaign that it says 2 years of unlimited connections. I take this to mean there would be a subscription fee or something at a later date? I truly hope I am misunderstanding.