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A client of ours has an active Kickstarter campaign going for the Baby Proofing Bar—if you have small children at home, you are going to want to check out this product. Kitchens can be a dangerous place for little kids, and this product aims to reduce kitchen related injuries. This patent pending device deters children from opening cabinets and can be installed in just seconds with no need for tools, while leaving your cabinets completely undamaged.
How the Baby Proofing Bar works is very simple… The Baby Proofing Bar uses a combination of tension and friction between the cabinet counter top and the floor. A baby or toddler is unable to pull the Baby Proofing Bar out of place. However, when an adult depresses the top down, it easily is removed.
The Baby Proofing Bar can be installed in seconds and requires no tools. Renters and home owners alike can appreciate both the quick instillation and the lack of damage to cabinets. Its slim product design makes it easily portable—which is especially helpful around the holidays when you are traveling to visit family.
Learn more about the Baby Proofing Bar and how you can support the Kickstarter campaign on the company website.
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This past November our President and Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, had the honor of participating as mentor for the Menehune Hat Clip team at Startup Weekend Honolulu. The Menehune Hat Clip is a simple mount that attaches right to your hat and allows you to connect your GoPro to capture that ‘perfect shot’. This team of young entrepreneurs went on to capture First Place at Startup Weekend Honolulu and then tied for First Runner Up in the Global Startup Battle Champions track! While they were quite possibly the youngest team participating in Startup Weekend, their determination and drive helped propel them to the top.
After Startup Weekend, the team knew that they wanted to continue to fine tune their idea and eventually get it into the hands of consumers. Instead of focusing on a mount solely for GoPro, the design was altered and became a universal mount for any recording device. The prototypes have been designed and tested, manufacturing partners have been procured—however, first funds need to be raised. Their Kickstarter page, Menehune Mount, is now live!
If you are into vlogging or taking event action shots, you are going to want to check out the Menehune Mount. The mount has been designed to easily hold your GoPro or iPhone and can attach to many surfaces (tent fabric, poles, magnetic surfaces). The compact design makes it lightweight to carry around or mount on the bill of your hat. Learn more about the Menehune Mount and all of the testing that went into perfecting its design on Kickstarter or the Menehunes website.
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There is no question that crowdfunding is revolutionizing the way business is conducted. Crowdfunding has moved—relatively quickly—from an ‘alternative’ financing method to mainstream. These statistics breakdown and help quantify the popularity of crowdfunding…
*Statistics are from Crowd101 (link below)
The crowdfunding industry is experiencing huge overall growth. Entrepreneurs are using crowdfunding for proof of concept, early idea validation and customer pre-orders. This is shifting the business funding and financial ecosystem, and really putting the power of fundraising in the hands of individuals.
However, before you head out to launch a crowdfunding campaign, there are a few basics that should be worked out first.
Step 1: Develop your message. Before explaining the benefits of your product, demonstrate the problem(s) it solves. This helps potential investors recognize the problem in their own life and acknowledge that a solution is necessary. Once your message is developed, work on honing it until it is short, concise and perfect.
Step 2: Clarify how much funding you need. This involves research, and lots of it. Pulling a nice round number from the sky is exactly what you shouldn’t do. Prove to investors that you have what it takes by researching each stage in the product development process, and provide realistic estimates for each phase and how you came to these amounts. Meet with product designers, manufacturers and other key players to firm up costs and timeframes for yourself and investors.
Depending on the size of your project, it is a good idea to focus your crowdfunding requests on specific parts of your business or certain phases of development. This way you won’t be asking for too much money, and left disappointed if your goal is not obtained.
Step 3: Avoid a cold start. There is an innate psychological avoidance to being “first”. People tend to hesitate if they see that no one else has backed the campaign yet. Increase your chances of gaining investors by starting out with initial investment capital. This money can be raised with your starter crowd.
A “starter crowd” are those in your inner circle and community that want to see your campaign succeed. These are the people you reach out to before your campaign has even gone live. That way, once your campaign is up and going you already have a certain percentage of funding accounted for and avoid a cold start.
Keep in mind that raising funds is really the first step. If you didn’t reach your goal, find out why. Analyze the feedback and then adjust your goals accordingly. For example, you may find that your message wasn’t getting across clearly and investors weren’t sure what value your product served in the marketplace. Now is the time to address this. Listen closely to what people are saying and adjust your campaign, message or product accordingly.
If you had a successful round of funding, maintain a relationship with your investors and show your gratitude. Work hard at fulfilling the promises made during your campaign because regardless of how much someone invested, they may be willing to invest more during a second round of funding.
Here are a few more powerful statistics to highlight from Crowd101:
Like infographics? (We do!) Crowd 101 has a great “Crowdfunding Success Statistics & How You Should Raise Money Online” infographic here.
The holidays are upon us, and for many that means packing up, heading to the airport and hopping on a plane. In honor of the busiest travel day of the year (this week) we are featuring G-RO carry-on luggage, because this one piece of luggage changes everything. The luggage industry has not experienced meaningful innovation in decades, and that has left many travelers feeling frustrated, since their needs have evolved and continue to evolve. It’s no secret that people are traveling more, whether for a weekend getaway, work or to visit family; as a society we are a lot more mobile and we need luggage that can keep up.
The inventors behind G-RO travel (a lot), and have built a bag that makes traveling easier, which is no small feat. “We all know travel can be a hassle. The more you do it, the more tiring and frustrating it becomes. To get from here to there, too many of us depend on inferior bags, travel gear and accessories.”
The innovative design of the G-RO starts with the re-designed wheel. Gone are the dinky wheels that break easily. The G-RO patented wheel design is much larger then we are used to seeing, which means they can accommodate varying terrain, make your bag feel lighter—since the center of gravity is shifted—and last longer.
The design for the rest of the carry-on bag is just as functional. The aircraft-grade aluminum handle is longer and stronger. It extends six inches further than the industry standard, which stops at multiple levels for people of all heights. All materials used are built to last—ballistic nylon, aerospace grade polymers and top quality YKK nylon zippers. The space inside the bag is designed to be easily accessible and compartmentalized to keep electronics safe. With the optional electronic module, you can turn your carry-on into a mobile workstation. The battery can quickly charge your phone or tablet and its location tracker means that your bag will never be lost.
The extensive time and energy that went into the product development of G-RO is evident throughout the entire design. The extremely successful Kickstarter campaign shows that we are definitely not the only people that believe the smart design of this carry-on makes for an ideal travel companion.
Learn more about G-RO on Kickstarter.
For our adventure loving friends, we have found your new travel companion, the ProShot case for iPhone 6/6s. ProShot is a waterproof, durable, and shockproof housing for your smartphone. When a new adventure beckons you have the freedom, and peace of mind, to take your phone along to capture the moment.
Winter is narrowing in, and soon many of us will escape to the mountains for ski weekends. Easily capture your ski trip with this virtually indestructible case. In the off chance that you take a tumble, rest assured that your phone and the memories stored on it will be safe. However, if your interests deviate from winter sports and you are more at home in a lake or the ocean, the ProShot case is waterproof down to 90 feet. While you will not be able to use the touchscreen portion of your phone 90 feet down, there is a ProShot app that lets you use the volume buttons of your phone to access and use your camera.
“ProShot enhances the iPhone’s HD camera with interchangeable lenses and your videos can be edited, stored and shared right on your phone.” It can be easily mounted on almost any surface with a wide range of accessories. This case is truly designed for adventure. The time and energy that went into the product development of the ProShot is evident throughout its design.
Learn more about ProShot on Kickstarter.
The popularity of drones has grown immensely over the past several years and advancements are happening at a rapid pace. The Easy Drone XL is the next iteration in the consumer drone market. Through extensive consumer feedback from a previously crowdfunded drone campaign, the inventors behind the Easy Drone XL determined that two features needed to be included this time around, a longer flight time and ability to hold heavier cameras and equipment. Through meticulous product design, this drone has a flight time of 45 minutes on a single battery charge and can lift up to 3 lbs of weight. Both of which are unheard of for the consumer drone market.
The compact design of the Easy Drone XL lets you easily fit it into a travel backpack and weighing a mere 5.2 lbs means that it’s not difficult to pack up and carry. The Easy Drone XL has the same level of functionality of a professional camera drone, but it comes in at a much more friendly price point.
The consumer drone market is still taking shape, and hobbyist seem to receive the most attention, but behind the scenes many industries are embracing drone technology, such as: agriculture, energy, construction, real estate, and film production. Educational institutions are also using drones as a means of introducing STEM subjects. The Easy Drone XL would make a great addition to a business or educational tool for students.
Learn more about the Easy Drone XL on Kickstarter.
Here at 3D Innovations we love finding and sharing new (and awesome) products. In fact, we love it so much that each week we feature one of these products in our weekly Product of the Week blog post. We have featured a range of technology related products, everything from Skybuds wireless earbuds to the BumBee Seat. So far we have featured over seventy different Kickstarter products in our weekly posts and assisted many of those in reaching their funding goals.
Products featured in our weekly post not only get a write-up on our company blog, but we also share the product on all of our social media channels. That means the product is getting in front quite a few eyes and potential backers. We are true believers in the power of crowdfunding, and want to do our part in helping get these innovative products to market.
We are always on the hunt for products to feature! If you would like us to feature your product or you have come across one that you would like to share with us, please e-mail a short description and link to the crowdfunding website — firstname.lastname@example.org. No campaign or product is too big or small!
Makers, educators and anyone with an interest in robotics is going to get excited about the Dobot Robotic Arm on Kickstarter. This robotic arm has been designed to be both a learning tool and a home assistant. Dobot is versatile and can draw, write, text, move objects and grab things following your orders. You are also able to mount a 3D printer head onto it and use it for 3D printing. Controlling Dobot is extremely simple, equiped with seven different control options, including: PC, mobile APP, EEG, voice, vision, leap motion and gestures, whichever suits your needs the best. It almost begs the question, Is there anything the Dobot can’t do?
“Dobot is the world’s first high precision robotic arm at consumer grade. It features industrial scale accuracy and stability, intuitive and versatile controls, all at a highly competitive price.” For our educator friends, imagine the excitement your students would exude when you brought this into the classroom. This would be a hands-on activity where students could study both robotics technology and coding. For our maker friends, this open source robotic arm has nearly limitless potential to assist with projects. The team behind Dobot are makers themselves, and have really honed in on the wants and needs of the maker community.
Dobot has far exceeded it’s original funding goal on Kickstarter and it’s easy to see why. The Dobot team has spent time not only developing a (cool) robotic arm, but a robotic arm that can be used by everyone. You do not need a strong technical background to get going with the Dobot. The exceptional product development and design of the Dobot sets it apart from the competition.
Learn more about Dobot on Kickstarter.
Just as portable music devices have transformed over the last few decades, so have the headphones that accompany them. The trend towards smaller and more portable headphones has led to revolutionary designs. Skybuds is one such company looking to update and modernize the way we listen to our music. While Skybuds aren’t the first wireless earbuds to hit the market, they might be the first truly wireless set. With Skybuds you are not swapping your headphone or earbud cord with a set of charging cords. These tiny earbuds simply charge and store within a patented iPhone case. Now you can enjoy the convenience of wireless earbuds without the hassle of remembering to plug them in and charge them each night.
The Skybuds iPhone case speaks volumes about truly innovative product development. The slim case has two charging ports at its base for the earbuds as well as a backup battery. This extra battery means that your earbuds can be fully charged and the life of your phone battery can be extended. The Skybuds app will also monitor your phone battery and the Skybuds charge, letting you know when a recharge for one or both is in order.
Skybuds have seamlessly integrated Bluetooth technology as well. This means that you can take calls with them and pair them with other Bluetooth enables devices, such as a tablet or TV. Skybuds are earbuds, but they do so much more… With Skybuds you receive premium wireless earbuds, a case for your iPhone, a battery pack for your iPhone and a Bluetooth headset, all without extra cords or clutter.
Learn more about Skybuds on Kickstarter.
Whether you are a racing enthusiast, an off-road warrior or solely interested in capturing thrilling weekend getaways, the Waylens camera is the perfect partner. This beautifully designed camera captures, manages and stores all of your best memories from behind the wheel. The advanced data sensor suite brings a new dimension to your videos and enables you to highlight and share the best moments of the trip.
“The Waylens camera overlays real-time performance data on top of high quality video empowering drivers to tell fuller, more compelling stories. The free companion mobile app enables users to quickly identify and share their most interesting moments hidden within hours of footage.” The Waylens app seamlessly connects your car camera with your smartphone, which makes for quick video editing, playback and social network sharing. Gone are the days of sifting through hours of video.
Features of the Waylens Automotive Camera System:
The time invested and attention to detail that went into its product development is evident. Four generations of prototypes have enabled the designers test features, maximize the design and ultimately deliver the best product possible. This small camera is capturing the full-story of your behind the wheel experience and enabling you to share it for years to come.