When the company’s chief technical officer lost his wallet to toddler hijinks – his three-year-old daughter thought the space behind the refrigerator was a good spot for it – he decided that in the 21st century, a misplaced wallet should be consigned to history. So the idea for Volterman was born – a wallet too smart to be lost.
That was in 2014, and now, after several years of development – and an Indiegogo campaign that raised over US$2 million – Volterman wallets are starting to wing their way to eager customers.
So what exactly is so smart about these wallets? To begin with, there’s the built-in worldwide GPS feature to track your wallet on your phone and a Bluetooth alarm system that’ll let you know if you leave your wallet (or synced phone) behind.
If you do happen to misplace your wallet in the heat of the moment (it happens), you’ll know exactly who has it. When in lost mode, a thief detector camera that’s sewn into the wallet’s inner face will snap a photo and ping it to your phone so you can identify the perp.
Volterman wallets are also well-equipped for life on the road. An impossibly thin – and light – built-in
But what about style, you say? No worries on that front. The wallets are made of real leather – you can get a vegan faux leather option, if you’re into that – and are available in black or brown with colour-matched exposed stitching. Did we mention they’re also impact resistant, waterproof and RFID protected?
The Volterman line has three products. The minimalist bifold has two inner pockets and six card slots; the larger travel wallet will hold your passport, boarding passes, cards, cash and more; and for the minimalist, the super-slim cardholder packs all the brand’s high-tech features into a tiny package that has space for two cards and a little cash.
These definitely aren’t your average wallets.
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