A Harvard education is the dream of many people all over the world and multiple Indians. Many times people give up everything and their even move away from their families just to be able to afford the dream. But then, it’s not always easy to get in. You need to work really hard and strive continuously to manage and get in and still, once in, you need to be on your feet continuously. One slip and your grades down and it means your career is over. But then, if you do make it, you are then secure for life. Or that’s how the belief goes. But then, despite all the security and pride Harvard brings, we’ve known many great innovators in the past to reject Harvard and other top end universities and just do their own thing.
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But then an Indian doing it? Really? Will the Indian be able to resist the lure? Turns out yes, pretty well. A Bangalore man, Kiran PB has decided to not pursue his studies at Harvard but rather focus on making his dream come true – that of inventing an app that helps you find lost keys! Keys are perhaps are one of the most misplaced objects in the world and losing them is often one huge headache. Sometimes you just forget where you put them and cannot find them again while most of the times, you are desperately hunting them thinking if you really lost them. Hunting for lost keys in times of a hurry can be the most annoying of all. So, Kiran has come up with a cool new app to solve those misplaced keys (or other tiny object) woes!
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He has created an app known as the The Yoky App. The app is a dual-part app where the first part includes a physical Yoky Tag which you are supposed to attach on your device and the second part is the Yoky App which is connected to the Yoky tag via Bluetooth. You simply attach the tag to your set of keys or any other device and then connect it via Bluetooth. When you cannot find your keys, you simply open the app and urn on the locate feature. The tag will begin to ring helping you realise where the keys or the missing object is. If the keys are not in the vicinity, you can even turn on the GPS and the app will tell the exact location of your keys or the onject you’re hunting. The app is said to consume just 1 percent of your battery life even if you keep it connected via Bluetooth all day.
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The tag is water resistant which means you can use it even in bad weather. The tag currently comes with a shelf life of 1 year post which it has to be replaced. Additionally, the tag is not just a simple tag but more of your health tracker – a very basic one at that. It tracks the steps you’ve taken (a pedometer) and also the number of calories you burned. It is unsure if it extends to tracking even other activities or if there will an option to even track fitness goals. But since you’re keys are the one thing generally on your person, it can definitely help you keep a track involuntarily and prevent you from leading a sedentary lifestyle. Kiran created the Yoky Tag in 2013 as he would always keep losing his keys.
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Kiran has today set up his own firm Gida (which means Plant and thus, he wishes his company to grow and nurture people) and he hopes to continue making such products. An alumnus of IIT Madras, the other employees of Gida are either his batchmates or his friends from his IIT-M days. As Gida does not have any big investors, they create their own money for the firm by catering to the top Indian Businesses and aiding them with niche software development services. “When you can’t find your phone, you give it a missed call. Now you can give your things a missed call,” explains Kiran while talking to The News Minute, “The idea was to make everyday problems easier with non-intrusive technology that runs in the background.”