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*KICKSTARTER STAFF PICK*

This is… #awesome! I love it!” - Chris Messina, inventor of the hashtag

As featured by TIME.com, The Independent, Metro, BBCGizmodo, Business Insider, SlashGear, The Gadget Show, Engadget, 7x7 and Walyou.

HashKey is a unique one-key keyboard dedicated solely to the awesome hashtag. No more wondering how to do a hashtag on your computer or having to press two keys to make it happen! We want to save social media nerds around the world valuable seconds and celebrate the mighty hashtag’s contribution to digital communication!

Brushed aluminium prototype - please note all HashKey tiers are for our plastic moulded prototype version, which we are currently creating and which we will share pictures of w/c Dec 1 we hope!
Brushed aluminium prototype - please note all HashKey tiers are for our plastic moulded prototype version, which we are currently creating and which we will share pictures of w/c Dec 1 we hope!

"Where's the hashtag key? How do I do a hashtag?"

My girlfriend (@littlemisswilde) and I are both social media nerds. People are always asking us "where's the hashtag key?" or "how do I do a hashtag on my computer?" We thought it was finally time to do something about it!

HashKey

We came up with the idea of a one-key USB keyboard with nothing more than a hashtag key on it. After researching, we found that no-one had ever manufactured a one-key keyboard - although people had tried to hack them together. 

"Great! Fun and clever idea!" - Shed Simove, inventor

We have developed a prototype and completed a feasibility study for our design for HashKey with our design and build partners RPD International who have brought other Kickstarter projects such as BleepBleeps to life. We're trying to raise enough funds to get HashKey into production and bring it to early-adopter social media addicts around the world, with a view to producing it in greater quantities and taking to retail if it proves a success. We'd love to be able to offer bespoke versions in different colours and other variations!

Brushed aluminium prototype - please note all HashKey tiers are for our plastic moulded prototype version, which we are currently creating and which we will share pictures of w/c Dec 1 we hope!
Brushed aluminium prototype - please note all HashKey tiers are for our plastic moulded prototype version, which we are currently creating and which we will share pictures of w/c Dec 1 we hope!

n.b. the original prototype in the video and pictures was made with brushed aluminium - and we have made a decision to initially create a plastic moulded version as it drastically reduces the cost and we want the HashKey to be as affordable as possible! *UPDATE* we finally have our plastic prototype....

Our plastic moulded prototype - the finished thing will look more like this.
Our plastic moulded prototype - the finished thing will look more like this.

Possible stretch goal / upgrade

If we surpass our funding goal, we may be able to create a stretch goal to put the aluminium version into production and offer it as an upgrade to those who have backed the standard plastic version tier. We would also love to explore the possibility of a Bluetooth-enabled version!

Please note that all reward tiers including a HashKey are for our plastic moulded prototype first generation version. We are currently creating this and hope to share pictures w/c Dec 1. If you back us you'll be one of the first few in the world to own the HashKey and help shape future versions!

Brushed aluminium prototype - please note all HashKey tiers are for our plastic moulded prototype version, which we are currently creating and which we will share pictures of w/c Dec 1 we hope!
Brushed aluminium prototype - please note all HashKey tiers are for our plastic moulded prototype version, which we are currently creating and which we will share pictures of w/c Dec 1 we hope!

Click here to download press pics

http://thehashkey.com

http://twitter.com/thehashkey - #helpthehashtag

https://www.facebook.com/helpthehashtag

Video shot & edited by Clint Trofa

Photos edited by Ben Davis

r.e. use of copyrighted material from 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' owned by NBC in our video, we believe we are using the clip under fair use permitted by the recently-passed EU law on parody videos, but will remove the footage immediately if asked to.

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Metro - our first print press!
Metro - our first print press!
    

Risks and challenges

I am working with the experienced RPD International on the design, manufacture and fulfilment of the HashKey, who have worked on successful Kickstarter projects such as bleepbleeps.

The timings we’ve given have a built in contingency allocation, and we have given conservative manufacturing and shipping time estimates. We will continue to develop our product using customer feedback. Each unit will be thoroughly tested before being sent out.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.57

    Our eternal thanks for chipping in and the glowing feeling of helping to give the hashtag the home it deserves!

    We'll also give you or your chosen hashtag a shoutout on Twitter if you want it! (We will email backers to ask for these details)

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    Pledge £17 or more About $27

    1x standard HashKey, plastic moulding, with wired USB connection with FREE UK DELIVERY (add extra for rest of world). Be the first to own the HashKey!

    For recorded delivery of your HashKey please add the following additional amount on top of the stated P&P for your country to your order:
    +£6 for UK
    +£7 for European Union / China / USA / Rest Of World

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    Pledge £18 or more About $28

    CHRISTMAS PRESENT SPECIAL: 1x standard HashKey, plastic moulding, with wired USB connection delivered approx. March 2015 with FREE UK DELIVERY (add extra for rest of world) PLUS personalised tweet sent to your gift recipient on Christmas day!

    We will email you to find out the name and details of the person you are giving the gift to and they'll receive a personalised tweet from us on the day to let them know you've got them a HashKey as a Christmas present!

    For recorded delivery of your HashKey add the following additional amount on top of the stated P&P for your country to your order:
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    Pledge £75 or more About $117

    1x standard HashKey, plastic moulding, with wired USB connection + 2-hour long music production masterclass via Skype / screensharing with HashKey inventor and music producer / DJ Ben Gomori. Great Christmas present for aspiring producers!

    Includes FREE RECORDED DELIVERY anywhere in the world.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $125

    2x standard HashKey, plastic moulding, with wired USB connection + 1-hour social media consultation via Skype with HashKey brand ambassador and social media consultant Jessica Riches (@littlemisswilde) - as featured on PR Week's 30 Under 30 / Channel 4 News / Time Magazine. Perfect for start-ups, brands, companies and individuals who need some social media advice and strategy!

    Includes FREE RECORDED DELIVERY anywhere in the world.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $470

    2x standard HashKey, plastic moulding, with wired USB connection + HashKey inventor and DJ/producer Ben Gomori will create a bespoke track for you using whatever samples and sounds and styles you like!

    Includes FREE RECORDED DELIVERY anywhere in the world.

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