A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What is it and how did it come about?
The Ramble Tag was created by myself Laura Maclean, and Tom Forsyth who himself is visually impaired. We both have fairly large dogs which we - with me as the guide - often walk together. Several times we lost continuity and personal contact. On one of these occasions I commented that he needed something to hold on to, and Tom replied “a wee handle!”
We immediately realised how easy it would be to retain contact this way. This kernel sparked the concept and design of The Ramble Tag.
And so our journey began ... That night Prototype 1 was put together from a knee brace and a hold-all handle. The next day we had a trial run and we loved it.
Tom and I are neighbours and we soon realised the fun and challenge we could have together in creating this concept into reality.
We have developed the prototypes, designs, illustrations ourselves refining and further developing the product at every stage. Tom, with his background in Graphic Art was able to create a large piece of artwork of the logo and I, with my background in Fine Art, were able to produce the unique Ramble Tag logo which defines the product. Our main goal is to empower those who are visually impaired. Our story will feature on the packaging and we hope that this will inspire others to reach their own personal goals.
The Ramble Tag is a lightweight harness designed to be worn on the upper arm. The product is
comfortable, weather proof and breathable. Due to the use of the newly developed space mesh the product enhances comfort and ensures a confident experience for the guide in all climates.
Having used The Ramble Tag we now never leave home without it! It offers a positive security for both of us while allowing for far more personal freedom. To date we have distributed samples of the product to various sensory organisations for trial and we have been rewarded with overwhelming feedback. The final product is very close.
We would like to get the ball rolling by offering you the opportunity to purchase a Ramble Tag at this point in time. This would enable us add a few final touches (embroidered logo), and further develop our environmentally friendly packaging. We also want to increase our colour range. We would also like to offer the option for promotional branding in conjunction with The Ramble Tag.
We have been invited to enter The Blackwood International Design Award 2018/19. The Blackwood Design Competition is a contest attracting designers, engineers and inventors from all over the globe. The purpose of the competition is to discover and champion brilliant concepts, designs and products that have the potential to help people live independently.
We are passionate about taking the correct course and with thoughtful choices. We are working in conjunction with a Leicester based family-run manufacturer called Space Textiles. On our first meeting we realised they share our belief and passion for The Ramble Tag, particularly because they have experience of sight loss within their family.
Our manufacturers are an English company which creates UK employment and have a strong, warm work ethic in respect of their staff.
After an exciting, yet at times, emotionally taxing six months, and finding our ideal manufacturer, we are completely satisfied with our finished product.
We would now like to concentrate on the correct packaging and get the Ramble Tag out to the public.
What we can do with Kickstarter support
Tom and I believe that with the help of Kickstarter and the global exposure, it will give us the security and confidence we need to establish a strong and resolute bond with our manufacturer. This will ensure The Ramble Tag will be available to the various sensory organisations and specialised retail outlets where the Ramble Tag deserves to be. Evidence has shown that collaboration is an effective tool.
Packaging will involve a minimum order of at least 1000, so our goal includes a budget for this. (£1,500)
A variety of colours is essential. Not everyone will want to stand out, and some occasions may require more subtlety or more visibility. We will allow a budget of £2000 for delivery and stock in four colours.
Neither Tom or I can believe the interest and momentum The Ramble Tag has gathered to date. We would like you to join us on our journey and share with us your Ramble Tag experience and we will keep you up to date on our side.
We would like to thank everyone who has encouraged us to date, we couldn't be here without you.
Postage within UK is FREE
"articles for the blind" under 7kg can be sent without a postage charge, in accordance with section 41 of the Postal Services Act 2000.
Risks and challenges
Tom and I are in this for the long run. We have invested joint savings of £5,000 to launch Ramble Tag. However, legal costs, design protection, trademark, materials etc. have bitten deeply into our budget.
At this point in time we cannot predict order numbers. If things go according to plan, we will be in the position to increase our stock and colour range and further develop packaging. We will, of course, carefully monitor Kickstarter response and accommodate to the best of our ability.
We currently have the ability to produce 200 per week, if numbers fly, our manufacturers are ready.
Thanks for taking the time to read our proposal and let us hope that Ramble Tag makes a positive difference to visually impaired people.
You'll get two Ramble tags from our available colours in lovely packaging. Mix or match. Two could be used in extreme climbing and outdoors activities with friends, or give one as a gift and ramble together.
.high visibility orange
You'll get 10 Ramble Tags in ONE colour in lovely packaging.
This is perfect for small groups who focus on outdoor activities for visually impaired people: running, sailing, mountain climbing, skiing.
Please pick one colour for all.
.high visibility orange