About this project
Inspired by you, our Kickstarter Backers
We launched our first successful project (The HuMn Wallet) in February of this year. The support and feedback from the Kickstarter community blew all of our expectations away and played a huge role in helping us accelerate development of the newest HuMn Wallet: The Mini. The Mini combines the sturdy, RFID-blocking qualities of our larger wallet in a smaller, sleeker package.
**** CLARIFICATION ON COLORS ****
We apologize if we caused any confusion on the colors as the reward level description on the right of our project page lists Black, Silver, and Pink. This should have been taken out, however once the project is live we are unable to make any changes to the reward levels. Please disregard the colors listed to the right.
Traditional bi-fold and tri-fold wallets really haven’t changed all that much since they were first introduced in the late 17th century (which is pretty freaking long ago). For something that’s supposed to securely hold your ID’s, credit cards, and cash, these traditional wallets are not designed with an active 21st century person in mind.
The HuMn Wallet: Mini securely holds cash, credit and business cards between two laser cut aircraft grade aluminum plates that block RFID signals; all of this in a package that is about the size of a business card.
Designed to be the most versatile wallet system in the world, HuMn Wallets helps you keep what you need, while getting rid of everything superfluous.
There are other RFID wallets on the market, but none of them allow you to customize your wallet with the flexibility and style of the HuMn Wallet: Mini.
We will be offering more plate and shock strap colors which will allow people to mix and match plates freely. Not custom enough for you? We are partnering up with EtchPop, a local independent laser engraving company in Portland, to laser engrave custom artwork on the HuMn Wallet: Mini plates.
The HuMn Wallet: Mini is built to last
This wallet makes cows happy. No more purchasing a new leather wallet every few years. Made of aircraft grade aluminum and powder coated to a buttery finish, the HuMn Wallet: Mini will easily outlast most leather and fabric type wallets. Even better, as the HuMn Wallet: Mini is used over time; it will pick up “battle scars” adding character to your HuMn Wallet and making it uniquely yours - because it's those little differences that make every human unique.
If you crave a new look, single plates will be available for purchase on our website (www.humnwallet.com) along with additional shock straps so you'll never be out of style or swagger....after this campaign has concluded that is.
Since the HuMn Wallet: Mini is made of aluminum it’s also 100% recyclable.
The design: You spoke and we listened
We heard from some of our backers that although they loved their HuMn Wallet, they wished that it was smaller. We immediately began working on a few new prototypes.
We developed a wallet that is barely larger than a credit card. We repositioned the thumb tabs from the corners of the wallet plates to the top, making the wallet easier to open with less torque. In addition we made a larger radius on the corners to “soften” the edges.
What our global testing group had to say about the HuMn Wallet: Mini
- “One thing that I love about this wallet over the one that i used to use is that it doesn't stretch" out over time. My leather wallets would stretch to hold a certain number of credit cards. But if I had less in there, the remaining ones would just fall out. That doesn't happen with this wallet which is very nice.” -Bob G.
- “Just received my Sea Foam Mini. The thumb notches are an absolutely BRILLIANT design! I purposely overstuffed my Mini and the thumbs naturally fall over the cards to keep them all secure while opening. Thank you Guys!” -Sandy S.
“I took my HuMn wallet to a black tie event last weekend. It's small, thin and fits easily into my beaded evening bag with room to spare. My other wallet is too bulky for an evening bag. In desperate times I could even slide it into my dress (you guess where) if I had to.” - Cecilia D.
“I've been an ardent believer of all things practical since young, so it comes naturally that I backed up the phenomenal HuMn wallet. I love it so bad I never looked back to those hundreds of dollars sandwiched leather that I used to own.
The Wallet opening is now moved a bit to the center, and is shaped semicircular so you can slip your thumbs to open it. It feels so natural and it doesn't feel different than opening the original since they both use the exact shock strap cord. In fact, I've tried using the Mini as a center plate for the original and it works seamlessly! In a way it adds versatility for those who already owned the originals and wish to buy the minis. I believe the minis will also appeal to female with its more streamlined, unisex form. Well, my girl loves the original too, but it might look a bit masculine for some people. The new pastel colours are definitely gorgeous so girls, watch out for these!” - Stephen K.
“As a mild-mannered mother, I carry health insurance cards, library cards, and a fair number of coupons. I have pared down enough to fit into a HuMn wallet, but I like the third plate in the middle to help me sort the plethora of necessary items. But there's another side to me that longs to get out.
I never know when I will next be able to shed my alter ego and run off as the superhero I really am. Inside, I am Super Woman. I am a rock star. I am a world traveler. I am stylish and sleek. I pop my HuMn mini wallet in my pocket and race out the door, sans kids. It holds my driver's license, credit cards, and a little cash. The world is my oyster. Oh, and there's room for a few extra cards if I need to swing past COSTCO.
I love the Mini enough that I now carry two wallets. One stays with the purse for Mom events.
The Mini stays with me. I love the color. Also, the mini fits in any pants pocket I have tried, even half-sized ones (excluding of course those nasty faux pockets some women's pants have that wouldn't even hold a dollar bill). You have a winner.” - Brandy B.
Same great function as the HuMn Wallet, only smaller:
With smartphones able to store photos and information, there’s little need for humans to lug around a traditional wallet that somehow becomes an object that holds more and more unnecessary or rarely used items.
The HuMn Wallet: Mini solves this problem by eliminating the unnecessary clutter and reducing the wallet to its most basic function: a system that allows people to carry the things that they actually need.
- RFID blocking
- Interchangeable colored plates and shock straps
- More rounded corners
- Improved ergonomics
- Smaller size
- The only wallet in the world that truly lets YOU customize your wallet the way YOU want
RFID (smart cards)
Like it or not, technology is moving forward and credit cards are about to change. While RFID chipped cards have been slow to catch on in the United States, they have become the standard in Europe and in Asia. Now, major credit card companies in the U.S. are gearing up to have all credit cards chipped by 2015.
For less than $100 a person can go online and purchase an RFID scanner and with a little computer savvy, start pulling information off of RFID embedded credit cards and ID's (also known as skimming). This can be done without ever having to physically touch the wallet or purse - and the victim wouldn't even know that it had happened until much later – which is a major buzzkill.
RFID and your information:
Not only are credit cards moving toward chipped cards, but several States are already issuing RFID driver's licenses and ID's. The following states are currently issuing enhanced driver’s licenses (EDL’s):
“The Costanza wallet”
Officially called Piriformis syndrome, it’s a condition that can be caused or aggravated by sitting with a large wallet in the rear pocket and can lead to some pretty hefty medical bills.
This is why we designed The HuMn Wallet be a front pocket wallet. Keeping your wallet in your front pocket is better for your back and also a more secure way to carry your wallet. Many of our customers have commented that traditionally, front pants pockets can be a little small to carry the traditional HuMn Wallet. The HuMn Wallet: Mini is designed to fit more comfortably into a wider variety of front pocket sizes.
Made In the US:
We're working with local manufacturers from the fabrication of the plates, powder coating, and laser engraving. By supporting us, you're also supporting local manufacturing.
Kickstarter and where you come in:
We have run a test group for the HuMn Wallet: Mini and the feedback from the participants have been fantastic!
Our final design is ready and our manufacturers and partners are all set to go! However, we're trying to do something different with this project. We want to be the first project (hopefully a successful one) on Kickstarter that truly is a "collaborative lifestyle" project.
You, the backers, will have a huge role in helping us make this dream come true. By backing us, you are not only going to be getting some killer gear, but will be helping to raise awareness for locally owned independent businesses; because together, humans CAN change the world.
A Collaborative Lifestyle:
Our first Kickstarter project blew away our expectations. We received an insane amount of amazing feedback and suggestions on how to improve the HuMn Wallet. The communication between project creators and backers on Kickstarter is truly unique in that it creates a dynamic environment that allows for a fluid exchange of ideas to happen. This is how commerce should work – with businesses listening to their customers and making changes based on customer feedback.
Rachel Botsman, a global thought leader on the power of collaboration and sharing through network technologies sums this up in her Ted talk on, “A Collaborative Lifestyle,” and in her influential book What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live.
We wanted to take this concept and attempt to do something that we haven’t seen done on Kickstarter – a project that embraces a collaborative lifestyle by leveraging the power of the Kickstarter community with three amazing independent companies based in Portland, Oregon. By backing our project you’re helping to contribute to the “first collaborative lifestyle” project on Kickstarter (as far as we know).
Bullē Classic is a Clothing Brand based in Portland, OR that uses nautical designs to plot its course as a pioneer of working class street fashion. Bullē Classic produces locally and trades globally. All of Bullē Classic’s apparel is printed in the Portland Metro Area and the company has a clear goal of manufacturing locally and distributing its wares to select international retailers. For more information visit, www.bulleclassic.com.
We are partnering up with Bullē Classic and offering a super stylish reward level. By backing the HuMn/Bullē Classic level, you will receive:
- PRE-ORDER ONE HuMn Wallet: Mini (in your choice of color) with an original design by Aaron Moiel, one of the founders of Bullē Classic. The design will be laser engraved on the HuMn Wallet: Mini
- PRE-ORDER ONE Bullē Classic/HuMn Design pullover windbreaker. With autumn arriving, this custom pullover will keep you toasty and dry! The center pocket has been designed to easily clip in a HuMn Wallet, so you'll always have your wallet with you.
Etchpop offers custom laser engraved woodblocks for making your own hand made woodblock prints. From party invitations to masterpieces, the possibilities are endless. EtchPop will soon be offering laser engraved wall art on bamboo panels. To kick things off, we have teamed up with EtchPop to offer the first round of their bamboo wall art services!
We are partnering up with EtchPop and offering a fantastic reward level. By backing the HuMn/EtchPop level, you will receive:
- PRE-ORDER ONE HuMn Wallet: Mini (in your choice of color) with custom laser engraving on one side of each wallet plate. Let your imagination run wild and create a truly unique and personalized wallet. (submission instructions will be provided).
- PRE-ORDER ONE EtchPop bamboo plywood wall art panel measuring 4" x 3” with the same custom laser engraving design as your wallet. Panels are 3/4" thick bamboo plywood and feature a keyhole slot on the back for easy wall hanging. Please note that HuMn Wallet: mini and the EtchPop wall art will use the same image and/or text. Submission instructions will be provided.
Blush Beauty Bar and Liz Bags, are independent Portland Based businesses.
Lizbags is the accumulation of many years of goofing around with scissors, pipe cleaners and whatever else Liz could find around the house. the bags Liz creates are the product of many enjoyable hours designing and sewing. Each bag is handmade in Portland, Oregon and embodies Liz's love for bold creativity. Liz also is also a full time architect at Skylab architecture.
We are partnering up with Blush Beauty Bar and Liz Bags to offer a fantastic reward level. By backing the HuMn/Blush/Liz Bag level, you will receive:
- PRE-ORDER ONE HuMn Wallet: Mini (in your choice of color).
- PRE-ORDER ONE HuMn/ Blush/ Liz Bag. Great for holding everything from cosmetics to markers, it's the perfect size to fit into a purse or backpack (W:6" x H:3.5"). The exterior fabric is canvas with clear vinyl for durability. The lining is a black cotton/polyester mix with a heavy duty nickel zipper to keep the contents secure.
We need at around 1,000 orders to get our project off the ground, which translates into $50,000 – our funding goal. Please know that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing system; meaning if we are unable to meet our funding goal, no money will be collected.
Thank you for checking us out and we hope you'll back our project!
If you are unable to back us, please help us by spreading the word and follow us on Facebook!
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Video: Erik Urdahl
Music: The Dimes, Paul Revere (Instrumental)
Risks and challenges
As with all projects on Kickstarter, backers will only be charged if we hit our funding goal. If and when we hit our funding target, we will green light production on everything. The sooner we get funded, the earlier we can start production; which means we can start shipping out rewards faster.
As we are working with other local small businesses in Portland and trying to do something very unique with our project by collaborating with them, however this does increase the risks and challenges for our project.
How we plan to minimize risks and challenges:
We have and are working very closely with Bullē, EtchPop, and Blush/Liz Bags to minimize the chances for any 11th hour manufacturing "surprises." Even better, all of our partners always bring their "A" game, have fantastic products of their own, and are eager to be part of the first "Collaborative Lifestyle" project on Kickstarter.
Since the collaborative rewards are all limited in quantity, we have a known number of windbreakers, wood print blocks, and coin cases needed and what the maximum production number would be for those reward levels.
Lastly, but certainly not least, communication, communication, communication. We have made it a goal of ours to reply as quickly as possible to all comments and messages sent by backers. By communicating on a regular basis with backers, we feel we should be able to address any issues should they arise in a proactive manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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