I showed up to the Entrepreneur Expo on the Wednesday during Tech week to show support for our client, Beacon&Lively. Beacon&Lively is a Philadelphia based company that makes smart, wearable fashion jewelry for people who don’t want a giant, ‘smart’ device with lots of text and buttons on their hand…or on their face (Google Glass for example).
The object of the device is that it looks good but it also has some utility. It can keep you away from your phone during important events. We had the privilege of building the software for Beacon&Lively. More about that here.
Our software works on the iPhone. Later versions will work with Android to set up your contacts and your notifications and your settings and configure the Beacon, which is the name of the first piece of jewelry coming out.
The Expo event was great. A lot of people showed up. Mayor Nutter was there as well as a lot of the Philadelphia Startup Leaders’ leadership and members. What I noticed throughout the night was that the booth at Beacon&Lively always had a swell of people.
I think that’s for a number of reasons. One, I think Beacon&Lively is relatively early to this game of fashion jewelry and smart wearable tech as opposed to more of an engineer/computer person’s smart-watch or a fitness watch or Google Glass. People were intrigued by seeing something with really good design at the show.
Also, they have an advantage over a lot of the software companies at the show just in terms of people looking at the device because, one, it’s beautiful but, two, it’s something that people can pick up and hold as opposed to a website or a video game or another mobile app where people can look at it and maybe use it a little bit but you don’t get this visceral feeling. You can only stare at a web demo so long at the expo.
We were really happy with the comments that came back both about the jewelry itself and our design on the software and our concepts. I think people are really excited that this kind of company can happen in Philadelphia.
Ourselves, at Rain Everywhere, we are working on a number of wearable tech/embeddable tech/Internet of Things software projects. We see this as a huge growth area for us and something we’re becoming experts in, both in Bluetooth, LE, near field communications, and Arduino Software and of course all the Design, UX, and software issues that come along with it.
We’re excited to have clients like Beacon&Lively as well as some work we’re doing with Bluecadet and NextFab Studio, some collaborations and also the fun we’ve had this winter when we rode along
with with the beat farm guys trying out the Jalapeño. We have some other projects in the works of our own. We’re having a really good time.
I’ve attached some pictures of myself and the booth at Beacon. You should definitely check out the website for Beacon&Lively. We’ll keep you posted.