OCHO’s NFC smart key tray is a web-connected device that enables customizable messages and reminders to and from loved ones, connecting everyday items such as keys, phones and wallets, to notifications that help users manage time and daily routines. The system will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter in the coming weeks.
The entire OCHO ecosystem consists of the OCHO Pad, a tray that holds wallets, phones and keys; the OCHO Mini, a smaller tray made predominantly for keys; OCHO tags, NFC stickers or keychains that attach to ordinary items to make them recognizable to the system; and the OCHO app, a mobile interface for the system that allows parental controls for accessibility.
OCHO tags are colorful and uniquely identifiable, and they can be applied to any object, such as keychains, wallets, phones or any other item that users may wish to track. Each time an OCHO tag touches the tray, it reads the tag ID, records the check-in time, stores the information and sends this data to the cloud. The tray also checks the cloud-based database to see if any actions have been set for a specific tag.
If a user does not want to apply an NFC tag to an item or a phone without NFC technology, he or she can simply use the infrared sensors on OCHO Pad to recognize items.
The OCHO Android and iOS apps allow users to set specific actions for each tag. Actions can include issuing reminders, sending a message to a loved one, or simply tracking time. Users can also set OCHO to send a notification if an item is not placed in the tray by a specific time.