Haptica™ is a Braille watch that allows a blind person to check the time quickly and accurately without an audible disruption.
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Haptica™ is a Braille watch that allows blind people to check the time quickly and accurately without an audible disruption.
WHY HAPTICA? Haptica™ presents a logical alternative for the blind and replaces the archaic products currently available.
Haptica provides precision and discretion to the user and seeks to improve the quality of life for blind people. Blind people represent a market that is oftentimes over looked and underserved when it comes to good design.
We want to change that, but we need your help.
WHY KICKSTARTER? Like most products for people with disabilities, it’s somewhat of a niche market. Raising funds or finding a big company to back these kinds of products is difficult.
By harnessing the power of crowd sourcing, great ideas can become great products and we won’t have to compromise the creative process. We’ll be able to create a product that will be both functional and beautiful.
Unfortunately, if our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and there will be no Haptica watch. We don't like that scenario and we hope you don't either!
WHY 150K? It's the minimum amount needed to fund the engineering and get the ball rolling. The money raised will help to finalize the technology exploration for the watch's mechanical and electronic engineering. It will also help fund packaging, manufacturing and put Haptica on track to be produced.
EXCEEDING THE GOAL While $150,000 is the Kickstarter goal we've set, more funding means less speed bumps down the road. The more funds we can raise the more streamlined the entire process will be.
HAPTICA TIMELINE As soon as this project is funded we'll jump right in to getting the technology exploration finalized which we anticipate will take about 4-6 months. Beyond that, we'll be wrapping up Haptica's form factor, preparing packaging, getting the tooling set up and arranging distribution for the first production run. We'll be doing everything possible to get these produced and keeping Haptica's backers updated along the way.
In the meantime, t-shirts and wristbands will be shipped shortly after the project closes.HAVE A PEEK AT SOME OF THE REWARDS The Wristband A silicon wristband with numeric Braille so you can start practicing.
The Shirt A t-shirt featuring a raised braille printed graphic.
The Book A copy of the Why Design Now? exhibit catalog, from the 2010 National Design Triennial, with a personal "thank you" note penned inside.
The National Design Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative, forward-thinking designs at the center of contemporary culture. The Watch Your very own Haptica Braille watch from it's first production run.
Conceptual iteration shown above.
Join us in our effort and become a backer today!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $150,000 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 4, 2011.
Feb 2, 2011 - Mar 4, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
MAKE A DIFFERENCE. If you and 29,999 of your closest friends get behind this, we can work together towards making the Haptica Braille watch concept a reality. In all seriousness every pledge counts so take part in making this project a success and then spread the word.
Pledge $25 or more
MAKE 5x THE DIFFERENCE To help you help us, we’ve put together something special. By pledging $25 or more you’ll get a t-shirt with a raised Braille print graphic on it. We’re also including a numeric Braille wristband. (Shipping: for USA add $5, for Canada add $10, International add $15 to pledge amount)
Pledge $50 or more
MAKE SOME NOISE By pledging $50 or more you’ll get a Haptica t-shirt and a 5 piece party pack of Haptica wristbands. (Shipping: for USA add $5, for Canada add $10, International add $15 to pledge amount)
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (99 of 100 left)
CONCEPT ART By pledging $100 or more you’ll get a signed, limited addition print of the Haptica concept rendering.
Pledge $250 or more
STANDARD EDITION We'll send you a Haptica Braille Watch from it's first production run. In the mean time, we'll send out a swag bag with the t-shirt and wristband. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $15, International add $20 to pledge amount)
Pledge $500 or more
STANDARD EDITION + ONE We'll send you a Haptica Braille Watch from it's first production and the swag bag with t-shirt and wristband. And then we’ll send you another.
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (49 of 50 left)
SPECIAL EDITION + FIVE Get a special edition monochrome black Haptica Braille Watch from the first production, the swag bag with t-shirt & wristband and a signed copy of the Why Design Now? exhibit catalog. We'll also send you 5 standard Haptica watches and swag bags for you to distribute at your discretion. Thanks for your outstanding patronage.
Pledge $10,000 or more
1 backer Limited (24 of 25 left)
PREMIUM EDITION + TEN Get a limited edition Haptica Braille watch for becoming a premium backer. This premium addition will have gold plated accents incorporated into the design. Includes the swag bag and a signed copy of the Why Design Now? exhibit catalog. We'll also send you 10 standard Haptica watches and 10 swag bags for you to distribute at your discretion. You’re name will also be creatively incorporated on to the packaging. Thanks for your outstanding patronage.