How it all started
Karri was founded by Pete Clifford, a 41-year old Berlin-based British father who was getting increasingly frustrated by organising his 7-year old son's social life.
Back in late 2020 I was getting increasingly frustrated by organising my 7-year old son's social life via never ending chats and WhatsApp groups with other parents - play dates that were literally taking place around the corner or in our own back garden. I was especially frustrated as I knew that my son wanted to be more independent but a phone, even a simple one, was too complicated to use.
I decided the answer was high-quality walkie-talkies. So I bought some obscenely expensive walkie-talkies and was almost immediately disappointed by the battery life and range of them in an urban setting.
Surely someone must have invented a walkie-talkie that connects to the data network and can also be integrated with a smartphone app for parents?! Apparently not ;)
That was the genesis of Karri – and I have been working on this ever since.
My goal has always been a data-enabled walkie-talkie designed specifically for children aged 5 to 12, offering screen-free voice communication with their parents (who would be using a smartphone app). Simply a real-time communication device, without the distracting screen of smartphones, smart watches and tablets.
Without the luxury of a large pile of savings, I didn't have the option to quit my day job, so have been working on this evenings and weekends for the last 2+ years.
The vast majority of the money I received up to now is from my network I have invested in hardware and freelance hardware and software engineers to bring the idea to fruition (at least to the point where I can give one to my son for Christmas and he can test it out for me as customer #1)."
Here are some impressions of the journey we've been on for the last couple of years: the very first assembly of the electronic components, the first 3D rendering of the prototype device. the first 3D-printed casings and the first mechanical design fitting the PCB Boards and components in to the casing.
So where are we at right now?
We are finally ready to launch!
- the app is ready for both Android and iOS
- the Karri devices have been designed, coded and connected to the app
- the website is live and ready to go
So now we just need people like you who believe in the same idea and are willing to spend £ 14.99 to show our investors this idea is worth backing. And with a little luck your Karri will arrive at your doorstep in just a couple of months.
Disclaimer: We believe in this but rest be assured - if it does not come off we will transfer your money back to you!