My name is Donald (I go by my middle name Matt) and I'm a 28 year old senior software/web engineer. I have a wife and a beautiful 2 year old daughter. I been writing software and creating websites for over 12 years back since Aol 2.5 days. I currently own my own business which is really successful (surefiretaxes.com) and have developed it into a very profitable company. I'm all about simplifying idea's and concepts to make life easier for the common person.
How I came up with the idea
This device came to mind when I bought my first Bluetooth Piece. After wearing it for a while I wondered where to put it. I knew I could just put it in my pocket, but I wondered why there wasn't a way to just attach it to my phone for easy storage. After doing some research I was surprised to find that nothing like this existed! After creating a very primitive prototype in my head I wondered if this would really be a good idea.
Here is an image of the very first physical drawing that I produced regarding this invention.
After getting everything down on paper I tried my best to create a prototype and I came up with a successful "bare bones" version (as seen in the video) that worked surprisingly well! I took it on a trip with me to Georgia and I was able to use it very easily all the time. It stayed safely attached to my phone while it was in my pocket and everything.
How this also can be used
You can also have multiple copies of my product to have one in your car for permanent storage for when your driving! So you can easily move it between your phone and your storage hook inside your car! Or even on your Desk at work! You can use this product multiple times and can never have too many!
What my goals are
We currently have Patents and everything regarding the invention. We are wanting to be able to get a 3D render created for mass production. We are also wanting to be able to "innovate" the concept and add the "Spring Action" motion so its not an "open hook" it is a type of "Circle Spring Hook" or some people call it a "Circle Carabiner" which we displayed in the Concept image in the video.
We also want to be able to customize it so it doesn't look so "plain" if people want to have something more personalized etc. We want people to be able to put family photos and friendly photos on their customized version of our product. We also want them to have preset design options as well such our KickStarter donator versions.
Soon as we are able to get the funding we are excited to get moving on the product as soon as possible! We fill this will help a ton of people not only preventing them from losing their current Bluetooth's and buying more, but also stay away from "johnny law" and those expensive Tickets for breaking the law in their states.
My Production Plan
I am wanting to start production as soon as funding is made available. My plans are to get a full 3D Render created to submit off to a project production company here in Indiana to start producing the product. I currently plan on getting my wife involved in helping me get production and shipping organized and developed. We plan on doing web sales at first to our Kickstarter backers before pushing to get the product to be placed on shelves.
All of the customization imaging that we are offering to our Kickstarter backers will be done manually by myself and my wife. We want to make sure that your product is fully personalized. We are expecting to have all our initial shipments to our Kickstarter backers shipped out within 3-4 months after getting fully funded. We have this expectation because we already have the production company selected and ready to go we just need funding. I appreciate all the feedback and look forward to the generous donations!
Risks and challenges
As with any Product Design the Risk is getting people to want to use the product. We feel that this is a strong product and people will buy it since it will be very cheap and efficient and won't break easily.
Another main risk is that our prototype is very simple compared to our goal. However the overall unit price for the new design is extremely low and isn't a game changer.
Some unique challenges we might face is getting the adhesive company and Circle Carabiner (Circle Spring Hook) designs that are versions we are wanting to incorporate into our final design. However, we do have plan B's and C's to use a more standardized look and other options to use for the adhesive potion. These other plans would be a little bit more expensive to create on a per-unite basis, but nothing significant just a small difference of around .40 cents per unit.
This would be temporary until the original company's we are in talks with decide to get fully on board when they see the potential of the product, then we are confident they will change their mind.
Most people who are constantly on the phone and on the go would find this more beneficial. When you have to step out of your car because you’re on a phone call you can’t stay on the call unless you switch to “phone mode” and have the phone to your ear.
People who are in the “field” and work with their hands are in offices that are constantly on the move would be the most beneficial of this.
Also majority of the country are still in cars that don’t have built in Bluetooth connectivity in their car.
For example, I drive a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid and that doesn't have the Bluetooth built in.
This also has other uses as well. I've gotten to the point where at night time I hang my remote using the invention from my desk every night so I know exactly where it is and my 2 year old daughter doesn't know how to remove it.
I also use it on my desk to organize my wiring as I use a “Computer Head-set” for my VoIP phone and I always run over the wire and destroy the headset. Now it’s out of my way and the wires stay off the floor.
Supporter Credit with early access with custom skins and set of U-Hooks! Comes in individualized custom packaging a long with a personalized copy of the original prototype thanking you for your additional support!
Supporter Credit, Early Access, fully personalized custom skins, set of U-Hooks with custom designed images by our graphical department for your U-Hooks to be sent to you in personalized packaging and copy of the original prototype!
Supporter Credit, Early Access, set of personalized skinned U-Hook sets with custom designed images or logos by our graphical department for members of your family. You also get a copy of the original prototype a long with a signed copy of the 3D render that is created pre-production.
You get everything! Supporter Credit, Early Access, set of fully customized U-Hooks with any image you choose (within trademark limits) with a copy of the original prototype and a 3D render of the pre-production prototype. You also will be invited to help design the "offical" packaging for the "shelve" version of the U-Hook.