GOkey is an all-in-one smartphone utility device looking for Indiegogo contributors

Crowd funding sites like Indiegogo have spurred a tons of mobile-focused innovation, and the latest huge campaign looking for more contributors is called GOkey. The basic idea behind GOkey is being a bit of an all-in-one smartphone tool — a large key-sized device that is a battery, a charging and data sync cable, a device locator and a file storage device all in one. It's a pretty neat idea, and it's pulled in nearly $1 million after looking for just $40,000 to start.

The GOkey promises to charge up your phone for up to two hours of use, act as a pass-through USB cable for charging your phone from an outlet or computer, offer 8, 16 or 32GB of its own storage and help you track either your key ring or your phone if you've lost one or the other. As with any other crowd funding project there's no guarantee of any of this, but GOkey says it plans to have products shipping out in January of 2015 if all goes to plan.

Being near the $1 million mark means GOkey will reach its fourth stretch goal, which will add a file manager app, and if the project hits $1.2 million by the time the project ends tonight it will add more color options. Previous stretch goals reached added GPS location, USB 3.0 support and the ability to act as a phone remote.

If you're interested, head over to the Indiegogo page at the source link below, read the information and disclaimers then put your money down on this really interesting looking project. Funding levels start at $59 for an 8GB GOkey.

Source: Indiegogo; Thanks, Alec!


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GOkey is an all-in-one smartphone utility device looking for Indiegogo contributors


Looks neat, but also expensive. Especially since Microsoft has yet to enable USB-On-the-Go, so the file storage is useless to us. Also, I feel like one small bump while plugged in: And it'll be ripped out the port, maybe damaging the accessory or even worse: My phone.
Still, cool concept, so I'd like to see what comes of it.

Well I am 100% sure we will get USB OTG & USB Tethering I update 1 of Windows Phone 8.1.
There is already a hidden settings in WP8.1.
P.S: To Open these settings Go to Cortana/Bing & Type USB, then click on the USB Settings it shows you.

Well I know that setting is not for USB OTG, but if they are going to enable those settings in Update 1 of Windows Phone 8.1 then I am sure they'll add USB OTG too.

What he means is that any standard USB storage device will work with OTG. The USB stick doesn't need to support OTG itself.

It has cyan, if it has USB support, it should. USB support is the Sam as otg, but you need the otg cable (tiny micro HDMI on one end, like our charger plug, and a female USB input on the other end to connect a mouse with USB cord, maybe keyboard, flash drive etc). I have had one for two years and only used it once on an Android device. I'm waiting /almost praying for cyan and OTG/usb support.

It's a Micro USB on the phone end. But no, USB support is not the same as USB OTG support when it comes to the host device. And there is no confirmation yet as fast as I know that Cyan supports OTG.

I want OTG as much as you, but I don't see any correlation between it and these settings. Low power notification and sharing your computer's internet connection are not related to USB OTG in any way.

What I meant was, in the video they didn't say anything about OTG.
They said flash drive as normal flash drive, so it's not useless like he said

Yes, the whole point of OTG is that a slave device can become a master to another slave.

So of course, this can be used as a normal flash drive. That's exactly what it is. I'm just saying it's not really the mobile solution they're pitching it as, because Windows Phone users don't have OTG like Android and (to an extremely limited degree) iOS.

Wait so they have a goal of $40,000 then blow past that and then start adding more milestones for features that should be there for a million bucks?

Well the way its structured they're saying $40,000 gets the base unit. If they raise more they can invest more in adding features. Creating new things costs money.

direct quote from their campain page:

"Will you make an app for Windows phones?

Yes, we will make separate apps for iPhones, Android and Windows phones"

I hate to be negative, but I'm not funding anyone's first product again. Still no Agent Smart watch. I'll only fund things from people who have gotten a product shipped, even if it's a small one.

Yikes, I backed AGENT only. First and last thing I'll ever back I think. I read the whole Pebble saga, I can't imagine dealing with both.

What happened to Agent? Didn't know this project, I'm just reading throught it, not a fan of the design tho. Whats your experience with it?

Wow, what an honor to be thanked by WPCentral for the heads up about this device!

(Yes, I'm the Alec they're thanking...I think)

It truly is a must have gadget, I feel, especially for a lot of people like us that use a lot of different devices a lot and daily in our lives. I got one for myself and can't wait to see how the campaign ends!

If anyone wants to help me out by purchasing through my referral link I would truly appreciate it.

Thanks for posting about it WPCentral! Just trying to spread the word about it, glad you acknowledged it. 

Waiting for it to release and then see how it goes. I've been burned too much by physical gadgets crowdfunding initiatives already to know how many stuff can go wrong in this.

A cool gadget, but pulling in over $1million? When other Kstarters like ProtonMail haven't? The tech society clearly has some unfortunate priorities :/