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Video: Smart Compass Raises Over $1 Million, Extends Crowdfunding Campaign

25 June 2018

LynQ is extending its presale campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo for its smart compass after raising $1 million in sales.

The smart compass allows users to locate anyone without the need for phones, networks, subscriptions or infrastructure of any kind. The smart compass can be set up in seconds and has a one-button user interface that allows it to be paired with up to 12 devices. A click allows users to move between their group members, displaying a user’s name, direction arrow and the number of feet/miles to their location.

The information is displayed on a backlit, sunlight-readable screen and the device can be set as an anchor for everyone to find each other.

The smart compass uses GPS, LoRa and an antenna for peer-to-peer tracking. Source: LynQThe smart compass uses GPS, LoRa and an antenna for peer-to-peer tracking. Source: LynQThe technology leverages GPS, LoRa and a custom antenna that powers an algorithm and communication protocols for peer-to-peer location tracking. LynQ said the smart device can be used by outdoors enthusiasts, skiers, festival goers and parents to help first responders or caretakers locate individuals in trouble or missing.

The device could be used to locate children, possibly at public events like festivals, allowing them the freedom to explore while giving parents the knowledge they will be safe. It could also be used by those off-the-grid without a phone signal, maps or power supply. It could be used to keep tabs on pets during hikes or animals in the open field.

Also, the smart compass could be used in disaster response or military search and rescue at times when the infrastructure is destroyed or networks are overloaded and individuals in trouble can’t respond. LynQ said in a joint field experiment with the U.S. and Thailand governments, the use of the smart compass resulted in a 61 percent reduction in the time spent locating wounded or unconscious soldiers.

The device is built to withstand any climate or situation being both weatherproof and waterproof. It has a range of up to three miles and up to three days of mixed use on one charge. The smart compass can be attached to clothing or gear, and can be slipped into a pocket, pack or pouch. The device works anywhere in the world, without phones, infrastructure or subscriptions.

The Indiegogo campaign has been extended for an additional 30 days with pre-order pricing starting at $174 for a two-pack.

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