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Lawrence BindingBy Lawrence Binding
First created
Lawrence BindingBy Lawrence Binding
First created
CA$ 1,685
pledged of CA$ 90,000pledged of CA$ 90,000 goal
9
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 8 2018 6:52 AM UTC +00:00.

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About

THE PROBLEM
THE PROBLEM

 Have you, or has someone you care about, ever gone to see a big outdoor event, really pumped to see a great show, only to be disappointed by the view?  Almost everyone knows the feeling.  It's infuriating because... what can you do?  Taller people are a fact of life and thousands of them are at every big event.  We can't magically make them shorter..or make ourselves taller...right?  Wellllll.......  

It's Frustrating to Pay sooooo Much and See so Little!
It's Frustrating to Pay sooooo Much and See so Little!

 Hi.  I'm Lawrence Binding and that's not actually me back there in the crowd...but I had EXACTLY that experience when I went to see Tiger Woods at a big event near Montreal, and I vowed to find a way to improve my view for days 2-4!!! 

People Tried to Buy This Beat Up Old Milk Crate From Me!
People Tried to Buy This Beat Up Old Milk Crate From Me!

I found this old milk crate full of records in my basement.  I VERY CAREFULLY removed my records, flipped the crate over and stepped up to a very goofy solution, that worked!  Over the course of the next few days, people tried to buy this very rickety, wobbly milk crate from me, and I refused every offer.  I still have the crate!  I thought to myself, there must be a better viewing solution than my goofy milk crate.   Actually there isn't an awesome solution out tere...or people would be using it right?  You can buy a stool or a mini ladder, but they are not made for outdoor events.  They are either too small, too heavy or too awkward.  Then during the summer of 2016, my daughter Olivia (she is the STAR of our video) went to a huge event in Montreal.  There were about 100,000 people in the street to see a very famous local comedian perform his act at the Just for Laughs festival.  Olivia was very disappointed because at just 5ft 2inches tall,  she couldn't see over the throng.  She complained that she had to watch the show on the giant monitors.  That's the moment I got my act in gear and got serious about creating a solution to the help people see more at big, crowded outdoor events! 

It took almost a full year to progress from initial concept, through industrial design, three prototypes and field-testing all over Canada and the USA to the point where we are ready to hit the manufacture button.

MEET SEE-MORE:  A SMARTER SOLUTION

Meet SEE-MORE
Meet SEE-MORE
SEE-MORE Will Support You!
SEE-MORE Will Support You!
Say HI to SEE-MORE.
Say HI to SEE-MORE.

SEE-MORE was invented to help small people SEE MORE at crowded outdoor events.  

We put it this way:  SEE-MORE Helps the small..STAND TALL.  

So when you or the small person in your life goes to a crowded, outdoor festival, parade, rally or sports event, SEE-MORE, your personal, portable MODULAR view-stand, delivers a 15-inch boost, enabling you to FINALLY, clearly see what you've been missing.  

WHO WOULD WANT SEE-MORE?

Who wouldn't is a better way to think about.  According to the last census, 90% of women and 35% of North American adults are under 5ft 8-inches tall.  That means millions of people are at a disadvantage at crowded outdoor events.  

SEE-MORE is great for families.  Whether going to a parade or spending the day at an amusement park, SEE-MORE can be an important difference maker.  Everyone can use SEE-MORE to rise up for an incredible view and take amazing photos and videos.  But moms and dads wear out faster than kids.  IT'S A FACT!  So when your back and feet start to ache, just sit on SEE-MORE.  It's a sturdy, clean seat, every time!  And when it's time to eat, food is always easy to find, but what about a table?  Eating off your lap is always a bad idea.  SEE-MORE is a great table for a meal on the fly, and is clean EVERY TIME!

WOMEN and KIDS LOVE SEE-MORE!

The Very 1st SEE-MORE user.  Mom wanted to buy one... IMMEDIATELY!
The Very 1st SEE-MORE user. Mom wanted to buy one... IMMEDIATELY!
Washington DC July 4th.  Lost Hubby...FOUND HUBBY!
Washington DC July 4th. Lost Hubby...FOUND HUBBY!

Whether at a festival, parade, outdoor sports event or rally, most women and kids are at a BIG disadvantage, because they are usually shorter than the men.  Guys don't want to block your view.  But the average North American male is about 5ft 10 inches tall.  And millions are much taller.  We all go to the same events and like it or not, thousands of tall guys block the view of shorter people, especially women and kids.  With SEE-MORE, women and kids can step up and see clearly, OVER the taller people, from anywhere in the crowd. 

PHOTOGRAPHERS

If you know one, please do him or her a favor and give them SEE-MORE for Christmas. The reaction will be memorable, PROMISE!

Photographer...and assistant on SEE-MORE.
Photographer...and assistant on SEE-MORE.

 What do photographers want?    

  • The perfect shot.  
  • A completely unique perspective.  
  • Capture the moment something amazing happens.  
  • Get a clear shot of a celebrity.
  • The one shot everyone else missed
  • Extraordinary wedding photos
Photo-Journalists Will see EVERYTHING from a cool new perspective!
Photo-Journalists Will see EVERYTHING from a cool new perspective!

SEE-MORE is going to create new opportunities and new perspectives for photographers of every stripe.  From serious professionals to  photojournalists, wedding photographers and hobbyists, SEE-MORE is a new piece of gear that should become an essential photo accessory. 

LAW ENFORCEMENT

We live in a different world today.  Unfortunately, big crowds can be a dangerous place, as we all know from recent events around the world.

In North America, it is common to see police cadets assisting the uniformed police with crowd supervision at very large events.                    If SEE-MORE were issued to the cadets, they could spread themselves throughout the event, providing them with an extraordinarily improved field of vision as well as ensuring that they can clearly SEE AND BE SEEN.

When the police see more, they can locate people in distress or spot problems sooner.  They can direct help to the distressed faster or intervene more quickly to stop bad things from happening.  And when everyone sees the police clearly, that just might be the deterrent that makes a bad guy think twice!

SEE-MORE folded for Easy Carry
SEE-MORE folded for Easy Carry

SEE-MORE is Comfortable to Carry. 

Carry SEE-MORE exactly as you would a backpack.  The padded nylon harness is just as comfortable as your backpack. And because the view-stand weight (just 7 lbs!) is evenly distributed across the stand, SEE-MORE carries surprisingly light.  

SEE-MORE Profile
SEE-MORE Profile

 SEE-MORE is sleek and slim!   

The view-stand is just under 4-inches deep  So it snugs comfortably up against your back, making negotiating through crowds easier than if you were wearing a backpack.  

Kids Love SEE-MORE
Kids Love SEE-MORE

This 12 year old boy was 5' 2" and weighed just 105 lbs when the photo was taken.  He is in the back row at the event and sees perfectly over the crowd.  SEE-MORE MAKES LAST IN AND FIRST OUT A GREAT OPTION! 

Photographers Get Amazing Shots From New Perspectives
Photographers Get Amazing Shots From New Perspectives
SEE-MORE Raises SMILES from Moms and Kids!
SEE-MORE Raises SMILES from Moms and Kids!

GET INSANE PICTURES AND VIDEO! 

This video really proves how dramatically your view improves on SEE-MORE and demonstrates the insane improvement you can expect in your video and picture quality.  This video was shot from about 75 meters away from the stage, on a household video camera!

 GIVES TIRED DOGS A PLACE TO REST. 

SEE-MORE is a Great Place to Rest Tired Dogs!
SEE-MORE is a Great Place to Rest Tired Dogs!

 Standing on SEE-MORE all day is fun, but your feet do get tired.  Oh wait...you've got SEE-MORE.  ;) 

A Clean Table EVERY TIME!

A Clean Table, EVERY TIME!
A Clean Table, EVERY TIME!

 Do you or does someone you know like t!  Now when you take a lunch break on a bench or in a park, you don't have to eat off your lap! 

Standing all day is fun, but tiring.  So Sit!

A Long Day Having Fun is Tiring, Even on SEE-MORE.  So SIT on SEE-MORE!
A Long Day Having Fun is Tiring, Even on SEE-MORE. So SIT on SEE-MORE!

 Remember the last time you took the kids to Disney?  Remember waiting in those lines?  Take SEE-MORE next time...and SIT while you wait!  Then when you get to the Disney Parade, the kids can jump on SEE-MORE instead of your shoulders...at least after your shoulders start to sag a bit ;)  I've been there, done that and wouldn't trade the memory for all the tea in...you get the idea.  That said, I wish I had had SEE-MORE when my kids were younger.  My aching back.  My sad shoulders! 

SOME PHOTOS TAKEN WHILE ON SEE-MORE, AT THE VERY BACK OF EVERY CROWD!

From About 100 meters Away
From About 100 meters Away
Montreal Pride Parade
Montreal Pride Parade
Montreal Pride Parade
Montreal Pride Parade
Montreal Pride Parade
Montreal Pride Parade
Washington DC July 4th Parade
Washington DC July 4th Parade
Washington DC July 4th Parade
Washington DC July 4th Parade
Washington DC July 4th Parade
Washington DC July 4th Parade
Grand Prix Bicycle Race Montreal
Grand Prix Bicycle Race Montreal
Washington DC July 4th Parade
Washington DC July 4th Parade

 SEE-MORE is MODULAR.  Sweet! 

You might love the view-stand, and use it four or five times a year. SEE-MORE includes a backpack style harness, so we thought, hmmmmm maybe we could do something that might make SEE-MORE part of your everyday life.  That's when we decided to modify the harness to make SEE-MORE completely modular.  We created an accessory exchange coupling system that works so sweet, we decided to call it Sweet-Swap!  It's simple; when the show is over you can remove the view-stand from the harness quickly and easily, and replace it just as quickly and easily, with a SEE-MORE accessory.

The Sweet-Swap Coupling System
The Sweet-Swap Coupling System

 ACCESSORIES  

The Accessory Collection
The Accessory Collection

 Two of these accessory products are available for this Kickstarter campaign.  You can order a backpack, a cooler or even better, BOTH, to start your new SEE-MORE family by selecting a backer reward option that includes an accessory option. 

BACKER REWARD T-SHIRTS

SEE-MORE STAND TALL T-SHIRTS
SEE-MORE STAND TALL T-SHIRTS

BACKER REWARD DIGITAL POSTER

The Equal Heights Manifesto
The Equal Heights Manifesto

This MANIFESTO is a clarion call that recognizes and celebrates the outsize contributions, the small have made to our world.  To us, the small have always stood TALL and they ALWAYS WILL!  If you agree with us, why not grab a hi-res copy of this manifesto, get it printed, have it framed and the next time the small person in your life is feeling small, give them the Equal Heights Manifesto as a gift.  Something tells us you will raise some smiles!  

POSTER ART FOR THE KIDS

Poster Art for the kids
Poster Art for the kids
Poster Art for the kids #2
Poster Art for the kids #2

SEE-MORE is more than an Easy Carry...    

SEE-MORE FLIES TOO!

Carry-on friendly
Carry-on friendly

 Funny SEE-MORE story.  While passing through security in Philadelphia, I started to get a little nervous when I was approached by a very serious looking security lady.  She politely inquired about the object on my back.  When I swung SEE-MORE off and opened it on the conveyor, they stopped the line, to for a closer inspection.  SEE-MORE passed through the security process and as I was about to leave, a group of security people asked me for a full demo.  It was the only time in my life I've been happy to be detained by airport security. 

THANK YOU and remember...STAND TALL!
THANK YOU and remember...STAND TALL!

Risks and challenges

We've invested time, research and personal funds of course, to ensure that we have the right product design to Help the small STAND TALL, safely in crowded outdoor events. And finding the right suppliers has been a curious, sometimes exhausting journey that has taken us from the wilds of New Jersey, through the spectacular, sometimes strange hiways & biways of Wisconson, Utah, and Niagara Falls, Canada (someone has to make a weird TV show about Niagara Falls...seriously). We finally decided on manufacturing in China (SURPRISE!). Every potential supplier that we met with in North America advised us to manufacture in China. And so we finally took their advice. Although in a genuinely surprising twist of fate, we did eventually meet our Chinese manufacturer in Salt Lake City. We did some retail testing at Outdoor Retailer and met BH Kwon in the booth directly across the aisle from our own. Talk about getting crazy lucky!

Our biggest challenge is overcoming the expensive tooling cost for the view-stand. Even though we are manufacturing in China, the view-stand tooling will cost tens of thousands, and that is why we are turning to Kickstarter. By raising our first manufacturing funds on Kickstarter, we will get SEE-MORE UP and running, and eventually be producing a variety of SEE-MORE products.

Our only uncertainty is shipping time. Our first order should ship by early-November and arrive on the west coast by late November, possibly early December. Then it travels overland to a US-based fulfillment facility who have promised us, they can ship SEE-MORE within 24 hours of receipt of product. I believe them, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of men. Our plan is for nothing to go wrong. Something will though. And we believe that we have just enough wiggle room to get SEE-MORE to you by Christmas.

HOWEVER, should something unforeseen happen, and our shipment is delayed, it will certainly be delivered in January.

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    SEE-MORE Digital Wallpaper

    People seem to love our SEE-MORE brand character. So we made wallpaper for your digital stuff. Please share the project with everyone in your world, and help someone else, STAND TALL!

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    SEE-MORE Digital Posters

    Kids love the SEE-MORE logo character. So we created some SEE-MORE posters for the younger kids. You know...To encourage them to...STAND TALL. You can get these posters printed and maybe even put one up on a bedroom wall. Please share the project with everyone you know, to help someone small...STAND TALL.

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    THE EQUAL HEIGHTS MANIFESTO

    Yeah. you read that right! A MANIFESTO, written exclusively to remind people of smaller stature of the outsize contributions the small have made to our world!

    This MANIFESTO is a clarion call reminder that the small do indeed STAND TALL. They always have, and THEY ALWAYS WILL!

    Digital copy of The Equal Heights Manifesto.
    This is a HI-RES file, eminently suitable for printing, framing and gifting to your favorite small person.

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    SEE-MORE T-Shirt

    Choose one design of our STAND TALL SEE-MORE T's. WE made one for the women and young girls and another for the guys and boys. Once we're off the ground (haha see how we did that?) we will expand the SEE-MORE line to include cool SEE-MORE apparel.

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    I JUST WANNA SEE-MORE!

    SEE-MORE View-Stand and Harness.

    If all you need is a better point of view, then this option is definitely for you!

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    The SEE-MORE Starter Kit

    1 SEE-MORE unit + BackPack Accessory

    You definitely see more possibilities than the BOOST you get from SEE-MORE in a crowd. Your kids might want to wear it to school. Or you might just get a kick out of SEE-MORE and want a bag for your very own. Step Up and start a SEE-MORE accessory collection. The accessory ecosystem will evolve and grow.

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    The Savvy Couple Package

    1 SEE-MORE, 2 harnesses, 1 backpack accessory.

    This is a smart move! It is the savvy couple package. One of you wears the SEE-MORE view-stand and the other wears a SEE-MORE backpack. So everyone gets an amazing view, portable table or seat and you have a cool bag for other stuff you might be lugging.

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    The SEE-MORE Family

    1 SEE-MORE Unit + 2 SEE-MORE Harnesses + 1 backpack accessory + 1 Cooler Accessory

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