A sophisticated, elegant, and extremely addictive mechanical puzzle to keep your hands busy and your mind active.
The Lula Sanity is the most intuitive, elegant and sophisticated mechanical puzzle in the world. Many claim their puzzles are the toughest. Some, even unbeatable. Mine? Well I'll give you the facts, and let you be the judge of that.
Our kickstarter video for our hands on demo, showing brief drawings and an explanation as to what is required to complete the puzzle.
For those of you who are puzzle keen, the Sanity uses several mechanical steps required to open the puzzle. there are over 2 Trillion possible combinations with no visible aides on the outside. Free clues are provided via 'thelulachallenge' website and great prizes are available for those who complete the puzzle. All you need to do is combine the serial number from the sanity to the key you will find by completing the puzzle and insert those details on our website.
Please read the terms and conditions at www.thelulachallenge.com
Beautiful engineering in your hands.
It was incredibly important to us that the ascetics were as good as the mechanical engeneering of this project. Nobody wants to see their money invested into a poorly made product that will fall apart with a sneeze. We have designed the Sanity to withstand the harshest knocks and blows (hint - this is not how you will get it open) and we also understand that many people will get frustrated with it, but we don't want people just to give up, so the resilience and the feel of the Sanity will just make you want to pick it up time and time again.
The entire puzzle is machined from solid billet aluminium (aluminum) 6082-T6 grade, which is typically used for applications such as bridge supports and structural components, meaning this is a great material to base our designs on. There are no castings or plastic parts ensuring long life. This was very important for us to achieve, as we believe any new product has to start as it means to go on.
How does it work?
Lula Sanity comprises of 14 parts, all machined to fit together perfectly and also ensuring it feels smooth and precise where it matters, in your hands.
There are 2,598,504,302,094 possible combinations to unlock the Sanity, and through clever setup we can avoid some well known video sites from spoiling your fun by making every puzzle that comes out of our shop different! No one puzzle is the same, and you won't even find one close.
Of course, we feel it is a huge challenge for anyone to complete this without aides or support, so we will be including generic clues that will help to navigate the maze inside.
There will also be online support given through our blog and forums to help those who want it and will also provide a service for those who want the combinations to their puzzles sent to them.
The sketch below shows the different mechanical motions engineered into the Sanity, and may help you crack it ;-) The expanded sketch obviously is not the first one you will come across.
The Lula Challenge.
The puzzle community online and offline is HUGE, with millions of people every year searching for the next big challenge for them to conquer. Lula Projects hopes to push some of these people off onto a new challenge, its surprisingly called; the LULA Challenge.
The Lula Challenge is a world wide event and anyone who owns a Sanity is automatically entered, and the idea of the game is simple. Complete the Puzzle! More details are to follow and will be available through our website at www.thelulachallenge.com
Where are we at?
Over the last 2 years, we have spent in the region of £20,000 on the research and development of 4 working prototypes, 1 of which is now the pre production model. 3 of these models have been made and after we had the photos taken they were put straight out for full trials. 12 friends, family members and colleagues had one week each with the puzzle so we could assess durability and interest in the Sanity, it was a great success.
We would love to be able to put these straight onto the market and start selling, but by machining in low volume, our puzzle will significantly increase in cost, but thats where you guys come in.
By you backing our project, you are ensuring that we can complete all the production requirements needed to get this product out into the wide open world and at a fair price.
We will use your pledges to create the tooling and fixtures needed to efficiently machine the 12000+ parts required, all of the materials needed for those parts, and complete post production in finishing and assembly. It will also be used to cover the subsidised postage and packaging costs, all kickstarter fees and a small contingency. The exact breakdown is;
Machining Costs - £49950
Material Costs - £17760
Postage & Packaging - £12610
Kickstarter Fees - £10000
Post Processing - £7180
Contingency - £2500
We have been watching many kickstarter projects over the past 2 years, and the biggest complaint I see from the backers is that the company very rarely meets its deadline for shipping its product. The contingency, although small, is enough to ensure we run a smooth operation and set our business up for future releases.
We have tried to avoid complicated rewards, but are open to suggestions. If you think we have missed something, t-shirts, mugs etc, please let us know, and we will see what we can do.
We have made 4 prototypes prior to the launch of our kickstarter campaign. The colours we have settled on are an anodised matte black, anodised clear aluminium and anodised satin gold.
We have decided to introduce a one off kickstarter colour, picked by you, available only to our kickstarter backers. Voting is open to everyone, please visit www.lulaengineering.com or www.lulaprojects.com to make your vote count.
We have a limited run of Sanity key rings to jazz up your set of keys. They look great and are made from the same alloy as our full size Sanity.
We are happy to offer a limited run of 500 units as single rewards, but you can include one with any Sanity purchase for a reduced pledge of £8.
Emma, my wife - for being patient with me through this whole process.
My children - for inspiring me to start this company.
Amy Packer - for making my little puzzle look amazing in your photo studio.
The In laws - for taking a keen interest in what I do.
Local take aways - for servicing my appetite after late nights designing.
YOU - without Kickstarter, its audience and the backers, I could never have dreamt to do anything like this. Its an absolute privilege to be here.
Thank you all for taking the time to look at our project. I do hope you are able to support us however you can.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
With most products that are not completely manufactured in house, there may be unforeseen challenges and obstacles that arise and these could possibly see the main target of completion put back, having said that, we have done all we can to pre plan and anticipate any possible delays in the complete manufacturing process, from the initial raw material suppliers down to the packaging and anodising companies. The funding required for this project is set to the minimum total of what our venders require to proceed excluding the investment already made by LuLaProjects. The quotes stated are fixed prices for the complete service we have requested.
The early bird offer of £94 is what you pay to get the Sanity, and when that is sold out, the same goes with the second chance offer and the standard kickstarter deal. If we hit our target, the retail sale price after the kickstarter project will £149. So as it stands, the early bird offer gives you a 37% discount, the second chance offer a 31% discount and the kickstarter deal a 24% discount. Lula Sanity is not generating any profit from this project and is to 'kickstart' our business, our profit will come from the difference once it goes into the open market.
This is where kickstarter is great. You are not charged a penny unless we achieve our funding target. If we are successful, your debit or credit card will be charged at the close of the campaign on April 29th 2013
We have advertised this puzzle as one of the most sophisticated and challenging puzzles in the world, and even though every Sanity is different, there are similarities in each design. We have chosen to preserve the challenge by not showing a full video of it being completed. However, as the designer and engineer, David can open it in 27 moves and its takes him around 35 seconds to 40 seconds.
The sanity is very do-able and it does not use a combination lock to release the key. The sanity may vaguely resemble the cryptex in style and looks but it operates complexly different. You must use your logic and memory (and if your memory isn't the best, a pen and paper) to complete this challenge.
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