Hello Kickstarter community, My name is Brian Doughty, I am a mechanical engineer and experienced product designer. It is with great excitement that I introduce The Notch.
The Notch is the next in the line of great iPod accessories. The Notch allows you to convert your 6th Generation iPod into a sleek and sporty watch. When I began work on this product there were very few options when looking for a Nano watch conversion. There are more now, and a couple that are quite nice, but my focus for this design was to offer a stylish and functional product, made of quality materials with an affordable price.
I began designing The Notch in early October after purchasing a 6th Gen Nano. After thoroughly looking for a quality and stylish watch conversion I gave up and began designing my own. It wasn’t until I had made a prototype and friends told me what a great design it was, that I began to think about producing The Notch.
The Notch features a unique, one piece construction. This approach is not only one of a kind and stylish, but also quite functional. Watches with conventional bands can sometimes turn over on your wrist, leaving the face of your watch susceptible to scratching and other damage. The one piece construction of The Notch offers additional protection to your Nano by preventing this from happening, while still being very comfortable to wear. Another benefit of the single piece design is that it is very simple to put on because there are no buckles, clasps, or snaps to deal with.
Your Nano is easily installed into your Notch by simply snapping it into place. A unique benefit of The Notch is that the Nano is snapped in place from the back. Other Nano watch conversions are snapped in from the side or from the top which could be dislodged in day to day wear without you knowing. Snapping the Nano in from the back ensures that it is not possible for it to get lost if you happen to bump your wrist on something while wearing it.
The Notch also has a full frame design to offer your Nano added protection from damage, while still allowing you to access all the features of the Nano. The headphones can be installed and there is no need to remove the Nano to charge or connect it to your computer. The power and volume buttons are easily accessible and because of the multi-touch, rotating screen, your notch can be worn on either your left or right wrist.
The Notch is constructed from Nylon, an extremely versatile material, commonly found in sporting equipment. Nylon offers both durability and flexibility, durability to ensure that your watch will hold up to any punishment it may receive, and flexibility to allow it to be easily put on and taken off. Because The Notch is made from plastic it means that your watch will be extremely light weight and comfortable to wear.
Since The Notch is a unique on piece design it, like t-shirts, is not one size fits all. However it is sized exactly like T-shirts. In our field testing we have found that 95% of the test subjects fitted matched the following rule. Buy your Notch according to your Men’s T-shirt size, and ladies, choose one size smaller. The watch sizes available by pledging are shown below with the approximate wrist size for you to compare them to your wrist.
Medium – 6.00” - 6.75" wrist - Large – 6.75" - 7.50” wrist - X-Large – 7.5” - 8.50" wrist.
If our funding is successful and The Notch really takes off we will look into offering additional sizes like a small and an XXL as well as colors, like white, blue, green, etc.
Our goal for this project is to raise $12,000. This money will be used to get the manufacturing molds built so we can have everyone's Notch’s produced. The manufacturer has been selected and the mold design has already been approved. With your support we will reach the goal of $12,000 and the manufacturer will be given the green light to begin production. All your items will be shipped to you all as soon as possible, but I expect it will be 4-6 weeks after the project is successfully funded. After the project is successful everyone will be sent an email asking which size Notch(s) you would like.
With your help we look forward to bringing The Notch to reality for you, your friends, and family to enjoy.
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