NEWS: Protecting Your Privacy in an Innovative Way. Inkable Arts Protects Business and Homeowners….

A new startup has your privacy in mind, whether you’re a businessperson or a homeowner. And, it does it in a colorful, innovative, non-tech way.

For those looking to protect their assets inside their offices, take note: a recent 3M-sponsored study on visual hacking found that a corporate visitor was able to misappropriate an average of five pieces of intellectual property in fifteen minutes with an almost 90% success rate.

The visitors were rarely challenged, and the information taken included login passwords and financial information.

Today’s glass-walled offices make companies especially vulnerable to this form of IP hacking.

For those who appreciate their outside views, but want to maintain their privacy, this new company has you in mind as well.

Inkable Arts has created “privacy blinds,” designed to enable entrepreneurs and homeowners to protect their privacy.

Cynthia Kirkeby, is the co-founder of this innovative company which puts various designs, like the historic Orange circle, on its blinds.

And, to pay further homage to its OC roots, it has a factory in Orange.

How It Works

From the outside, passersby see a beautiful photographic scene that obscures the interior, while inside the occupants can still see through the special material to the outside world.

The privacy blinds can be installed in offices to offer protection from onlookers when sensitive work is being done or when offices are unoccupied and sensitive materials may be left exposed.

When desired, the privacy blinds can be retracted out of the way.

One of the first local clients is the Eureka Building in Irvine, a coworking building, which will be installing the blinds in its new podcasting studio.

Another Application

The company also claims that the privacy blinds can offer an added layer of security in the case of active shooters where protocol requires occupants to shelter-in-place.

The privacy blinds allow the occupants to see out, while obscuring any intruder’s view into the room.

Working From Home

As many are working from home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the blinds also offer people to have privacy from their neighbors, who may be very close with windows looking into their homes.

Various Designs to Choose From

Homeowners can choose images from Inkable Arts’ gallery or from one of the public domain photo sites listed on its website.

They can also choose to use a photo that they’ve taken themselves.

The proprietary blind assembly used by Inkable Arts allows the blind material to be quickly exchanged to allow residents to customize the look of their home for holidays and special events.

The company is currently offering 25% off through the end of June.

OC Innovation Ecosystem Lends Support

Kirkeby said that she and her co-founder, David Chen, are part of a group of entrepreneurs that are benefiting from mentors and expertise offered by groups like the Inventors Forum of Orange County, One Million Cups Irvine, the Small Business Development Centers and UCI’s Beall Applied Innovation Center.

With the invaluable support that these groups offer to young companies and the accessibility to local suppliers, companies like Inkable Arts have an advantage unique to Orange County,” Kirkeby said in a press release.

Other Endeavors

Kirkeby is also the chief visionary officer of Seasonally Fresh, which created a digital marketplace focusing on small- and mid-size food growers, grocers, restaurants and other players that are using certified and sustainable practices. See article on that startup here.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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