Inpulse was founded in 2011 by a group of User Experience designers who had the vision that one day people will interact with their physical and digital spaces seamlessly. They wanted to reduce the need for such things as keys, smart phones and passwords, and move toward a simpler life. Today, the Inpulse team is now at the first step of this path - designing and developing for a more hands-free experience - with touchless entry for digital door locks, devices with contactless login, and payment transactions with contactless pay stations.
Launching in 2013 in Cambridge, MA, Inpulse Zero bracelet unveiled Inpulse’s cutting-edge and first of its kind, touchless access experience technology for offices and co-working spaces. Inpulse Zero rewrote the rules of digital access embedding an access control technology inside an elegant bracelet that looks like jewelry more than a digital device.
From there, Inpulse created the world’s first ever access bracelet in porcelain resin and precious metal from the ground up – Inpulse Zero Silver. This bracelet challenges the design standards of wearable tech by combining comfort, performance, and elegance. Inpulse Zero Silver has reset the world’s expectations for the access control wearable category with the smallest and most minimal product on the market so far. In 2015, Inpulse expanded its product line introducing Gold to the premium bracelet collection. In 2016 Inpulse introduced Carbon Star, a low-priced porcelain resin bracelet that began production in 2017. In 2020, Inpulse unveiled Coral, a fire red porcelain resin bracelet that introduced touchless payment features for a handful of beta clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inpulse bracelets are manufactured at its factory in San Francisco, CA. In 2017, we not only set up our first manufacturing shop right in the heart of Silicon Valley, we created the first and only manufacturing plant that allows for full scale in-house production, from prototype to enterprise scale. At Inpulse we are pioneering innovative, highly scalable production systems that have never been deployed before and can be used for multiple applications. We believe that a combination of traditional jewelry-making processes and automation will accelerate the jewelry manufacturing process. The secret is how to precisely embed the technology so that it disappears into the jewelry.
Our San Francisco facility today can produce thousands of units per month. In the near future, we have a plan to open a jewelry factory in Italy that can produce thousands of units per week. We are utilizing casting techniques used in traditional Italian jewelry manufacturing, rather than 3D printing, to ensure that each piece is unique and fits perfectly.
To create an entire manufacturing ecosystem that will scale up easily, Inpulse designed and built a unique set of production solutions using advanced casting machinery and robot automation. We use robots to improve efficiency and speed for molding extraction, setting, and polishing. By bringing production in-house, Inpulse established a vertical integration independent from third party vendors that meets production goals, saves resources, and improves quality at every cycle. Every 6 months we are able to launch new products with a production pace of around 100k units per year.
And this is just the beginning. With Inpulse building its most affordable wearables yet, Inpulse continues to make products accessible and affordable to more and more people, ultimately accelerating the advent of touchless wearable experiences in the world. Contactless technology, wearable devices, and jewelry already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want.
We are an extremely motivated team with the goal of creating more actionable, innovative, elegant and less distracting tools to enhance humans' freedom of access and knowledge.