You’ll Never Lose Your Wallet (or Phone) Again With This Cool Kickstarter
Have you ever been looking for your wallet and thought, “I’ll just call it!” as if it were your cell phone? No? Just us? Well, at the very least you know the sheer panic that comes over you when you think you’ve lost your wallet even if you know it’s somewhere in your apartment. The makers over at Ekster have a Kickstarter for a smart new product that will make sure you don’t feel that panic ever again.
They’ve created a wallet that comes with a tracking system connected to your phone, so you can actually call your wallet. How awesome is that?! We’re big fans of Trackr, an insert you can put into your wallet that connects with an app on your phone, but Ekster is different: the tracking system is built right in. And if your wallet goes out of a certain range from your phone, you’ll get a notification — in time to chase down that sneaky thief. The app on your phone includes a GPS system that’ll lead you right to your wallet.
Another cool feature is that the tracking system goes two ways. We know all too well the struggle of setting your phone down somewhere in your apartment and being convinced it’s lost forever 30 seconds later. And gone are the days when every household had a landline, so if it’s just you in your apartment, chances are you have no way of calling your phone to find it. Enter: Ekster. The wallet has a reverse tracking system where you can press a button and your phone rings. Who needs a landline? Or a roommate? Or a boyfriend? Okay, that got a little dark, we apologize.
And you can say goodbye to struggling to pull out the right card while a line of impatient Starbucks customers glare from behind you. The Ekster wallet has a super handy feature where, at the click of a button, all your cards are released in whatever order you choose.
The connected life is coming to a purse (or pocket) near you. Early bird pledges are all gone on Ekster’s already-funded Kickstarter but pledges of $89 or higher will go toward a wallet that will ship May 2016. Ekster will eventually retail for $89 – 99.
Would you use an Ekster wallet? Tweet us about it @britandco!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!