As a child back in the eighties, I couldn't crack open a cold one when I was playing video games. Now, though, I can, so why not pop those tops with the most iconic—and least ergonomic—game controller in history?
Up Up Down Down — The Classic Controller Bottle Opener is offered in two versions: standard and slim. Both are the same height and width as an original controller, with all of the buttons and controls in the same place. As you hold either in your hands, your fingers will fall naturally into place on the buttons and direction pad, ready to punch a few blocks, leap onto a mushroom, or enter your favorite cheat code.
Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A - Start Drinking!
The standard is cut from 1/2-inch thick aluminum, and feels just like holding a real controller in your hand (well, as much as a bottle opener can).
The slim is made of 12-gauge stainless steel, approximately 0.10" thick. It takes up a little less space in your drawer or back pocket than does the standard. Perfect for on-the-go gaming—errrrrr, drinking.
And a sticker, too!
Measuring 5½" x 1½", the Up Up Down Down sticker I designed to go with the opener is perfect for your laptop, your car window, or anywhere else you want to proclaim your love for 8 bits and beverages. It's included at every reward level.
The Design Process
Armed with a set of calipers so I could get every measurement and location correct, I spent some late nights designing the early versions of the bottle opener. The first design had right angles for the support elements—functional, but not very good looking. Then, the bottle opener on the second version wouldn't fit over a bottle cap. Whoops!
I prototyped each in wood or acrylic on a own laser cutter to get an idea how they felt in the hand, and asked friends for their feedback. Through this iterative process, I eventually reached the current design.
Now, in order to go into production at a cost-effective price, I need your help putting together a large enough order.
The standard version is waterjet-cut from 1/2-inch aluminum, tumbled in abrasive media to smooth the sharp edges, then anodized a matte, controller-matching gray.
The slim version is laser-cut from 12-gauge stainless steel, then tumbled to soften the corners. A brushed finish is applied to every one.
Each is then wrapped, boxed, and readied for shipment to you.
The Kickstarter closes at the end of February. Everything—designs, manufacturing partners, materials—is already in place, so if the project is successfully funded I'll immediately approve the production order and have the manufacturers get to work.
That process could take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on other jobs they have scheduled.
By early to mid-April I should have the finished bottle openers in hand and can begin packaging and shipping. You should receive yours no later than May of 2019.
I promise to keep you up to date every step of the way.
Risks and challenges
This project is relatively low risk. There are no new technologies to be developed, the designs are complete, prototypes have been created, and manufacturing partners have been found.
If the Kickstarter is wildly successful, the delivery schedule may be affected by the increased production required.
I'm a project manager by trade, so I know how to keep a project on schedule and ensure that all of the required steps happen in the right order. I've successfully delivered two Kickstarter projects on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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