Pingbell: The solution to find your lost bicycle by simply pinging your bell!
Imagine after a nice night of going out when you decide to go home and you have to search for your bicycle! That is very annoying and time consuming! I think a lot of students have experienced this problem! There are mobile apps available that can help you to find your car back, but what will a bicyclist do when he or she lost the bicycle somewhere? There is a solution: Pingbell!
Frolic a design studio in Amsterdam started a Kickstarter campaign for Pingbell. Kickstarter is a large American funding platform for creative projects.
Using a special bicycle bell and your Smartphone, you can easily find your bicycle! You do not have to look for a needle in a haystack anymore (Paymans, 2015).
How does it work?
The bicycle can be found back, because of a built-in Bluetooth receiver. An application has to be downloaded and are available for iOS and Android. The application will show a map where the bicycle is located (Pingbell, 2015).
A second way to find your bicycle is to ring your bell by just push the Ping-button in the app. The sound of the bell will help to locate the bicycle (Frolic Studio, 2015).
There is one last way that can be used to find the bicycle. The mobile app has also a to function to turn on a small light on the bell, which can be very useful finding your bicycle while it is dark and you do not want to make noise (Frolic Studio, 2015).
The bell should be charged via an USB-cable. It is not necessary to charge the battery regularly, charging once a year is sufficient. (Frolic Studio, 2015).
The design is very simple like Frolic mentions: “We’ve simplified the design and user-experience so that it fits right into your life without demanding your attention.” (Frolic Studio, 2015)
Not to forget, this bell can even be used as a normal bell. It does not look like a high-tech gadget. The chances the bell will be stolen are therefore very little (Paymans, 2015).
Frolic needs 40.000 Euros to realise this project and therefore started a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. They already collected 11000 Euros. People who support this project with an amount above 39 Euros, and the project will succeed, will receive a Pingbell (Van Veen, 2015; Paymans, 2015).
I think that people who often lost their bicycle will really appreciate this idea. It is very useful, especially in cities where a lot of people travel by bicycle. Frolic could also try to use opportunities like collaborating with bicycle manufacturers. The Pingbell could be already on the bicycle when people will buy it.
The idea of the Pingbell is very creative and original, but I doubt that the amount of 40.000 will collected. Although, I have my fingers crossed!
What do you think about this project? Will it be successful in the Netherlands? Would you support this project and eventually use the Pingbell? Would it be a good idea for Frolic to approach bicycle manufacturers to make this project a success? Will this new project have an effect on the amount of stolen bicycles?
Author: Arvin Moensi – 349430
van Veen, S. (2015) Vind je fiets terug met Pingbell [online] available at: http://appevent.com/nieuws/vind-je-fiets-terug-met-pingbell
Paymans, L. (2015) Pingbell: met deze slimme fietsbel raak je jouw fiets nooit meer kwijt [online] available at:
Mixed Grill (2015) Nooit meer je fiets kwijt dankzij Pingbell [online] available at: http://www.mixedgrill.nl/2015/09/14/nooit-meer-je-fiets-kwijt-dankzij-pingbell/
Frolic (2015) Pingbell [online] available at: