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Flypdeck is the world's first electronic flipping action toy!  Throw combinations of Twisters, Corkscrews, and Flyps to land tricks!
Flypdeck is the world's first electronic flipping action toy!  Throw combinations of Twisters, Corkscrews, and Flyps to land tricks!
Flypdeck is the world's first electronic flipping action toy! Throw combinations of Twisters, Corkscrews, and Flyps to land tricks!
386 backers pledged $25,075 to help bring this project to life.

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Flypdeck - a handheld electronic action toy

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Have you ever tuned in to watch the skateboarders in the X Games or snowboarders in the Olympics and wondered how cool it must feel to be able to nail those awesome tricks? We definitely have, so we created a toy that gives players of all ages, skill levels, and athletic abilities the opportunity to throw and stick gnarly tricks.

Flypdeck is the judge as you and your friends compete in attempting to land any of the game's 40 tricks.  Use combinations of twisting, corking, and flipping to throw the tricks.  The flypdeck uses our software paired with motion sensing technology to determine if tricks are landed successfully.  Three difficulty settings and five game modes keep flypdeck fun and challenging for players of all ages and skill levels.  We designed the game modes to make flypdeck fun to play by yourself in Solo Ladder and Solo Points, against a friend in F-L-Y-P-S, or with a group of friends in Freeplay mode.

Flypdeck is challenging even for the most seasoned flippers..... 

.....but is also a blast for those just getting into the flipping game!

Toss the fidget spinners, recycle your water bottles, and Find Your Flyp!

Playing is easy! When trying tricks, hold the flypdeck flat and face up until the green light comes on and you hear a beep. Flip and catch the flypdeck. You need to land in the same orientation as you started for the trick to count. The flypdeck tells you if you landed a trick sketchy or perfectly, and will also either randomly tease you or offer words of encouragement if you don’t land the trick.  

Our take on the classic game of 2 player HORSE. When one player lands a trick, the other player has to land that same trick or they get a letter. The first player to force the other player to earn F-L-Y-P-S wins the game!  

Climb the trick ladder against a set trick list. The number and difficulty of the required tricks change based on the difficulty level chosen.  Each time you miss a trick you lose a life.  If you land all of the tricks before losing all 10 of your lives you beat the game!  

Flip away for 60 seconds to try and rack up as many points as possible. Earn multipliers for landing tricks consecutively. The more difficult the trick, the more points you earn. Don't cherry pick, each time you land the same trick you earn half the points! High scores are tracked per difficulty level, if you beat the high score you get to enter your initials!  

Learn new tricks, practice tricks, or make up your own game mode with a group of friends.  Freeplay is also where you can land the secret trick sequences to unlock the 4 secret tricks! 

The design

Kickstarter Reward Design
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The tricks

Check out this video from our launch party! Our very first FLYPS tournament was a lot of fun!

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Check out this video review by our friends at Lucky Penny Shop 

Why Kickstarter?  

We need capital to set up high volume manufacturing and Kickstarter is our favorite crowdfunding platform, it's as simple as that. The Kickstarter community is awesome and we can't wait to deliver an amazing product that was only possible with your help!  

Costs include  

  • Face plate mold to produce plastic face plate  
  • Body mold to produce foam body to house all of the electrical components 
  • Battery cover mold to produce the battery cover 
  • Foam material and plastic material that each get injected into their respective molds 
  • Electrical components 
  • Manufacturing and assembly labor 
  • Required certifications (FCC for USA, IC for Canada, RCM for Australia) 
  • Instruction manual printing 
  • Shipping units to ourselves for packaging 
  • Packaging 
  • Shipping units to our backers

Check out the guys at Braille Skateboarding playing flypdeck!


Meet the team

Our progress (in pictures)

Our first three prototypes
Our first three prototypes
Testing the electrical components for the current prototype
Testing the electrical components for the current prototype
Making the mold for the flypdeck body
Making the mold for the flypdeck body
Pouring the foam into the mold
Pouring the foam into the mold
On the right you'll observe an epic fail
On the right you'll observe an epic fail
Laying in the electrical components
Laying in the electrical components
Trying out some different dyes/colors
Trying out some different dyes/colors
Many a long night in the garage!
Many a long night in the garage!
Our booth at the Kids Expo in Richmond, Virginia
Our booth at the Kids Expo in Richmond, Virginia
Young flypdeckers getting after it!!!
Young flypdeckers getting after it!!!
Latest prototypes
Latest prototypes

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out flypdeck.  An even bigger thank you to all of you who are considering backing the project.   If this Kickstarter campaign is successful we'll be one step closer to our goal of introducing the fun of flypdeck to people all over the globe.  Thank you!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for this project will be scaling the manufacturing while maintaining product quality. In our current state we are personally molding, assembling, and programming units, which gives us full control over the process. As the demand rises, we will inevitably need to outsource some if not all of these tasks. Plastic and foam parts have been redesigned for mass production tooling and assembly and we have already gathered quotes from several manufacturers for one-stop-shop manufacturing. This manufacturing approach fosters accountability and speeds up production.

We will be ready to move out on manufacturing as soon as our campaign ends. Depending on the amount of money we raise, we'll either be immediately headed overseas to supervise the setup of our manufacturing line or we'll be partnering with some talented folks locally to assemble the flypdecks ourselves. We are prepared to execute in either case.

Another obvious challenge is designing an electronic product that will be thrown and dropped hundreds or even thousands of times. Our current version is able to withstand a serious beating and our new Kickstarter reward version will be even more durable. Our backers should feel free to flyp with (reasonable) fervor!

Our team has a combined 24 years of engineering experience, including engineering design and manufacturing of plastic and metal parts. We have leveraged our formal training with 3D CAD modeling software to produce models and drawings that will be used to create the production tooling. We have experience working with international manufacturers to produce parts and assemblies to meet drawing specifications. Our experience includes traveling to manufacturing sites in both Asia and Europe to oversee the setup and initial runs of new manufacturing lines.

We appreciate that certifications were put in place for a reason, so we're only going to ship to countries where we can obtain the proper certifications. We believe that in our estimated timeline and with expedited samples, we will be able to obtain the FCC and safety certs for the USA, IC for Canada, and EMC for Australia. Unfortunately we are unable to certify our flypdecks for any other countries at this time. Our goal is for folks to eventually have the opportunity to play flypdeck regardless of where they live, and we will work towards that goal!

We firmly believe and will do everything in our power to have flypdecks shipped to our backers by October 2018, which leaves some breathing room for the holidays. Consider flypdeck for a unique and fun gift for your loved ones!

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    Every little bit helps!

    Any pledge amount is greatly appreciated and helps us get one step closer to our goal of distributing flypdecks all over the world for people to enjoy!

    You will receive updates on the project and we'll also add your name to our Wall of Backers website page. You rock, never change.

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    1 flypdeck hat

    One black and neon green trucker hat with the flypdeck logo - our hats look awesome, you look awesome, seems like a good match to us!

    You can't nail one handed Godzilla Flips with a hat, so consider choosing a reward that includes a flypdeck too!

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    Super Early Bird Special

    You'll get a green flypdeck for a measly 20 bucks! Andrew Jackson thinks flypdecks should be going for Benjamin Franklins instead, sorry Andrew but we need to hook up our very first backers!

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    Early Bird Special

    You'll get a green flypdeck and save 5 bucks at the same time, that's some serious multitasking! This special early bird rate is to help show our appreciation to our early backers. Thank you so much for your support!

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    1 flypdeck (green)

    You'll be one of the first people in the world to own a flypdeck! Congrats, you're ahead of the next big toy explosion. This scientifically proves that you're smart, funny, and attractive.

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    1 flypdeck (special color)

    Your choice of red, blue, or black! At least you have your favorite color to look at when you still haven't landed the Blizzard Flip after 1,498 tries.

    It is likely we will be able to provide additional colors. We are working on it and if we can provide more colors we will add them to your survey so you can choose your fav color before we ship!

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    2 flypdecks (green)

    2 flypdecks is twice as sweet as 1 flypdeck, that's simple quantum physics, duh!

    With 2 flypdecks, you don't have to share or wait your turn, just like you like it.

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    Early bird special - 4 flypdecks

    50 of our first backers will save $35 on collecting all 4 flypdeck colors - green, red, blue, and black.

    This deal will go quicker than Bryce's 10 lives when he plays Solo Ladder on Expert difficulty. Look at that, the world's first flypdeck reference joke!

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    4 flypdecks (all 4 colors)

    Collect all 4 flypdeck colors - green, red, blue, and black. You and your squad can circle up Captain Planet style and get your flyp on.

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    Write one of flypdeck's messages!

    Be an influencer of flypdeck!

    When a player doesn't land a trick, the display either gives them some words of encouragement or teases them a bit! Things like:

    "My Grandma can land that one!"
    "Maybe stick to fidget spinning?"
    "Nice try, you're really close!"
    "OMG, flypdeck can't even..."

    Here is an opportunity to create your own message, pending our approval. We have room for 20 messages and will display them with equal frequency, at random. The messages fit in a 16x2 display, so 32 total characters.

    This reward includes 2 green flypdecks!

    Includes:
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    10 flypdecks (your color choice)

    Mix and match 10 flypdecks with any color quantities you like. Choose between green, red, blue, and black. Great for the office, the classroom, and gifts for the Holidays!

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    Name a trick!

    Be a part of flypdeck forever!

    There are 4 secret tricks that can be unlocked with top secret trick sequences.

    We haven't named these 4 tricks yet because we want YOU to name them!

    Name a trick and earn the flypdeck team's never ending and unconditional love at the same time, that's a Grand well spent in our book!

    We're going to keep the 4 unlocking trick sequences secret and wait and see if players can figure them out. We'll let you in on your sequence day one so you can unlock your trick. It's your trick after all, so you can leak the sequence to your crew if you so chose :)

    This reward includes 10 green flypdecks, a hat, a t-shirt, and a hoodie. It also includes our sincere gratitude and a coupon for us to come over and clean your oven and all of your bathroom floors.

    Includes:
    • 10× flypdeck (green)
    • flypdeck hat
    • flypdeck t-shirt
    • flypdeck hoodie
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Funding period

- (30 days)