Restickable flexible building blocks - transforms any surface into a pixel playground for all ages
What are STiKidotz™?
STiKidotz™ are customizable, re-stickable, brightly colored 3D art pixel stickers that you can design and redesign yourself. The sticker's base is made from soft silicone, a material that is flexible and bendy and can be cut into any shape. The designs are created on the sticker’s base using colorful dotzPIXELS™. These small pieces come in a 4x4 perforated dotzBLOK™ that can be easily separated into the dotzPIXELS™ that precisely fit on the sticker.
The designs are made using colorful 4x4 perforated dotzBLOK™. The blocks are easily separated to make the brightly colored dotzPIXELS™ that are used to design the sticker.
Each sticker base is backed by a non-toxic adhesive, specially formulated to allow you to stick your design on any smooth surface. It can be removed and repositioned without leaving any residue behind. The sticker can be used on walls, windows, lockers, car bumpers, refrigerators, photo frames, signage, cabinets, mirrors, bath tub, tiles and more. The stickers can also be used outdoors regardless of rain or shine.
NO IRONING OR WATER REQUIRED!
The stickers are currently available in 8 colors and the dotzBLOK™ comes in 12 colors. (More colors will be available in the near future)
STiKidotz™ is patent pending and proudly assembled in the USA
And they won’t hurt your feet if you step on them!
We Need Your Help!
We have already completed a great deal of brainstorming to make this a fun, safe, useful and inventive product. Because of my startup experience, I know how to use my contacts and expertise to build a successful business. Through research, as well as trial and error, we discovered that silicone is the best material as it is flexible, colorful, fun, food-safe, and easy to use. We are already in the process of creating prototypes and have learned and consulted about the safety requirements for toy standards, as safety is extremely important to us.
For our future plan, and the ones that funding will be used for are:
- Color and material safety testing for the silicone
- Production-ready prototypes
- Silicone molds
What We Hope
While technology is a useful and necessary part of all our lives, we look at STiKitdotz™ as a way to create a family bonding experience outside of a digital environment. Products like Minecraft show that there is an appeal to creating and designing a pixel art world, and we hope to find a way to use that interest to drive people away from “devices” to create and build with family and friends IRL (in real life). Something else that we are discovering in the process of sharing our ideas with family and friends, as well as strangers, is the educational potential that STiKidotz™ has. It is a fun and engaging way to practice fine motor, design, graphing, visual spatial, and creative world building skills. We think STiKitdotz™ would have great success in the classroom and hope to see them used as part of a STEAM-related curriculum.
Who Are We?
I am CK Tan and, along with my 16 year-old daughter Yannie Tan, have set out to invent STiKidotz™ by putting two ideas together to solve a single problem.
I am an IT professional who runs my own company specializing in video and graphic technology. I have been in the business field for over 20 years. Yannie describes herself as a fervent and curious experimenter for design technology and products. As a young inventor, her design classes have inspired not only me, but many people to generate more innovative and enhanced solutions for our product.
I have always had a passion for 8 bit graphics and pixel art since I designed my first pixel art program in high school. When I turned 50, I found myself reflecting on my life and looking back at my young adulthood with nostalgia. I made the decision to follow up on the passion I had started 30 years earlier. I started playing around with the idea of creating a hands-on pixel art toy. Always fascinated with 3D art and pixel graphics, I wanted to find a creative, innovative and fun way to make a pixel art product that all ages would love and enjoy, and that families could get a thrill out of together.
The idea for STiKidotz™ – a 3D pixel art sticker - stemmed from Yannie, as she told me she loved the idea of generating DIY decals. She thought that many decals were just two-dimensional and weren't as fun. Thus, we came up with the STiKidotz™ to allow clients to customize their daily life items. We wanted something that could be removed and repositioned many times, could be designed and redesigned, and was safe, non toxic and wouldn’t leave a residue.
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Q: Do I need water or an iron to adhere STiKidotz?
A: No! No water or iron required. Just peel, stick and play!
Q: What are the color choices for the Starter Pack and the Artist Pack? When will I get to choose?
A: Choose between white, red, yellow and blue. We will send out a survey after our campaign is completed to ask what color you would like.
Q: Is STiKidotz™ safe?
A: Yes. STiKidotz™ base is made out of food safe silicone material and adhesive in compliance with child safety ASTM standards.
Q: How many times can STiKidotz™ be repositioned?
A: You can restick and reposition STiKidotz™ as long as you avoid collecting dust on the sticky surface. You cannot use water to wash the adhesive surface as it will loose the adhesive strength.
Q: What surface will STiKidotz™ work best on ?
A: STiKidotz™ works best on smooth surfaces such as windows, car bumpers, acrylic, mirrors, metal, aluminum, plastic, wood, cardboard, walls, tiles and other non oil based or rough surfaces.
Q: Will STiKidotz™ leave any residue ?
A: No. It will not leave any residue.
Q: Where can I find ideas for designs that I can create with STiKidotz™?
A: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see new STiKidotz™ design ideas! You can also subscribe to our newsletter to see and provide new project ideas and new products.
Q: Will you offer more dotzBLOK™ colors in the future?
A: Yes! We hope to be able to to offer many more colors in the future with full funding.
Risks and challenges
Working with Chinese manufacturers is the most challenging for our project. Every time when we made design changes, we have to wait for weeks before we could receive the prototype. Otherwise, we could have this project completed a lot sooner! The other challenge was the packaging design; it was not easy to find the designer that understood our product thoroughly and deliver the right design concept of how it works.
After all the challenges, the good news is we were able to locate the perfect manufacturer and packaging designer and will not anticipate any delays for the start of production.
We will also work with USPS and Fedex to assure for on-time worldwide delivery. We hope that our product can be distributed world wide without any shipping delays, however, we understand that there can be challenges along the way. With my years of businesses experience, my team and I are fully capable of finding solutions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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