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.
Get call, text, and app notifications from your phone without giving your wrist to a smartwatch.
A minimalist design that filters your notifications so you can get to what is important and reduce phone distractions.
"Not only do our phones shape our thoughts in deep and complicated ways, but the effects persist even when we aren’t using the devices." — How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds, The Wall Street Journal
"We’ve gotten into the habit of treating everything as urgent and important, which can lead to increased stress and multitasking and diminish our effectiveness." — This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions, Fast Company
Do you worry about missed calls and messages, and need a better way to get notified when your phone is in your bag, purse, or off your body? Or are you constantly distracted by your phone? Many of us want to get the important notifications, but don't want to get sucked into keeping the phone in our hands all the time.
Paigey can help with both challenges. It's a discreet wearable that filters out all but the most important notifications so you can put your phone away, and enjoy the moment.
Paigey pulses to notify you of important calls or messages without having to make a fashion commitment to a smart watch or bracelet. It uses unique vibrations for calls, texts, or messages from your phone.
You tell Paigey's app which notifications you actually care about, deciding by person or by app. Those will get passed through to Paigey so you know when you need to pay attention to your phone. The less important notifications stay on your phone, to check later.
Paigey rests securely on your body to deliver those important notifications. We've seen many wearables that don't even pass the first test: being wearable. If it's uncomfortable, unsecured, or unsightly, it doesn't matter how useful it is. So we gave a lot of thought to how Paigey fits on your body. It's got a foolproof clasp that won't let go and is low-profile so you can comfortably wear it under your clothes if you like.
Almost half of the world lives without pockets big enough to carry their phone. They carry it in a bag where they can’t hear it or feel it. Or in their hand where it's a constant distraction. This is a huge inconvenience!
"The Apple Watch wanted to do everything. But maybe wearables will be unbundled as discrete sensors that track very specific concerns." — Mark Wilson, Fast Company
Smartwatches can help, but they are big, complicated, and need to be charged daily.
Paigey is small, simple, comfortable, and has a long battery life. It gives you the key benefit of a smartwatch—notifications—with much less hassle and fewer distractions.
You have your priorities. The Paigey app lets you choose which people and apps can get through to you.
Are you often distracted by your phone when you need to concentrate? Want to be reached only by specific people? Or maybe you struggle with missed calls, never hear your phone, or need to answer all calls while you’re at work. Use the Paigey app to control the frequency of your notifications.
These numbers don't convey just how tiny Paigey is. You may notice we use the word "discreet" a lot, because it's our whole goal. A lot of testing went into making Paigey comfortable when worn on the body, and unnoticeable unless you want it to be.
It all started in 2015 when we were in Hawaii celebrating Ryan’s pregnancy. We were on a hike and found a popular fitness tracker on the ground. This was a “clip-on” type device. I had read that this company returned lost trackers to their owners if people found them, so we picked it up in the hope of it finding its owner and the curiosity to see how it worked. (Can’t deny it!) We had a few days left in paradise so Ryan decided to wear it to see how many steps we had taken, only to lose it herself two days later—so much for the fitness tracker!
Fast forward a year, we now have a wonderful baby girl, and Ryan is super busy with her sales job. With the chaos of work and parenting, Ryan was really struggling with keeping track of her phone as it juggled between diaper bags, briefcases, gym bags, purses, and the rest of the house. She also found she would leave it on silent going into a meeting and not remember to turn the ringer back on afterwards. She was missing a lot of calls from her mom and her husband (ahem, that’s me). But what really was getting to her was that she was missing calls from her clients, and that was really beginning to bother her.
I suggested a smartwatch to Ryan, to which she replied “Absolutely not!” You see, Ryan is not personally a big fan of technology. Sure, she relies on it heavily for work, and enjoys being able to take zillions of pictures of our baby with her smartphone, but to her, technology is a means to an end, and honestly finds using most of today’s tech a struggle. She didn’t want to have to learn to use yet another piece of technology, she didn’t want to have to charge something else every night, and she certainly didn’t want to have to put some huge techy thing on her wrist every day when she was trying hard to coordinate her look and dress for success!
So we went back to looking at clip-on devices which have phone notification functionality. The basic functionality was all we thought she needed: something that would let her know her phone is ringing so she could go find it. What we found over the course of about 5 months and 6 or 7 devices was that phone notifications were mostly an afterthought in this product category, and most importantly, Ryan kept losing them!
We were certain we could do better. After having just completed 3 years working in Thailand where I visited almost every electronics manufacturer in the country as we set up a manufacturing operation for my previous start-up company, I had the courage to do it as well! So in December of 2016, I quit my job at the start-up to begin working on Paigey.
It was along this journey we discovered that there is as big a need to help people who are addicted to their phones as those who struggle to get to them. Paigey’s hidden nature and subtle nudging, paired with simple but powerful filtration of notifications, has made it so much easier for our users to keep their phones down, and heads up!
We've already put years of effort into design, engineering and the supply chain. We're at the point where we need your help to finish the development and start putting money down to start production.
Risks and challenges
Making physical products is not easy. Every hardware product has a supply chain, and different companies may provide components, make custom parts, and assemble electronics. Each link in the chain can be a failure point — a part has to be redone because it's not up to our specifications, a shipment gets delayed, etc.
We'll do our best to avoid those problems. We're methodical engineers who have spent years preparing — vetting technology, testing prototypes, sourcing components and working with experienced hardware veterans. We understand that what makes a Kickstarter successful is not funding, but shipping.
Paigey is our focus. Help us make the world a less distracted place.