‘Smart security device’ Lupo smashes Kickstarter funding goal

All-in-one device claims to help users find lost items and control other smart devices

A start-up that claims to have produced an all-in-one device for loss prevention, lost item recovery and control of other devices has smashed a funding target of £20,000 on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Produced by Scottish mobile applications developer Connect-IN Ltd, Lupo is a small device that uses Bluetooth to track the location of valuable devices the user owns, sending an alert to smartphones and tablets if an item is moved or lost.

Connect-IN said the patented device can also be used for remote control of smartphones, tablets and computers and could potentially be utilised by developers for a wide range of further applications.

Lupo’s pitch closed having raised £27,488 from 559 backers on the rewards-based Kickstarter platform, having exceeded its original funding target of £20,000.

Backers were offered rewards ranging from discounted Lupo devices to custom-made apps, depending on the amount pledged.

Connect-IN said the funding would go towards development of a new app called Lupo Radar, which will track the user to a missing Lupo device.

Founded at Strathclyde University in 2011 by Raj Sark, Connect-IN was founded with the goal of utilising new low-power wireless technologies to create mobile applications.

In 2012, the company won the Best Demo award at Startup Weekend Copenhagen Mobility, followed by winning the MIT Global Startup Workshop 2012.

Raj Sark, founder of Connect-IN, said in a statement: “We are delighted to have achieved our goal with few days still remaining, and a huge thank you goes to our wonderful backers, who have helped make Lupo a reality,

“We were confident that the Lupo’s wide range of capabilities and its future potential with the Lupo SDK would capture the attention of the crowd.

“Our backers have called it ‘by far the most versatile Bluetooth device finder we have seen or backed’ so we are glad people can appreciate the solid research that went into creating the Lupo.”



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