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.
It might have happened to you too that on certain days of the year, you’re not sure whether to wear warm clothes or cool ones when leaving home, for example you cannot decide between a t-shirt or an overcoat, Sunglasses or an umbrella, or a sweatshirt or a raincoat.
The same happens when you are on a business trip to a city far from your hometown and once you get off the plane, you realize your outfit is not suitable for the new weather. And it’s often hard to constantly check the weather forecast of your destination to get a hint of what the best outfit would be.
If you have been in such dilemma, you are not alone! We all have been there once at least.
That’s why we thought of a solution for this problem and came up with the idea of a smart personal assistant. An assistant that is always available and knows our location and our daily and weekly schedule. It reads data on your phone calendar regarding your meetings and trips. Then, by connecting to the database of reliable weather forecasting websites, it tells you what outfit is best to put on regarding the weather condition.
This new assistant can be an application on your smartphone with access to the internet. But since our phones are already full of different kinds of apps some of which we never use, we have designed a wall hanger in retro style so that you can get the suggested outfit just as you want to choose your clothes. This wooden hanger works in split-flap mechanism instead of modern luminous screens and has a nostalgic look.
It shows date, time and outdoor temperature. When you stand in front of it or press the button, you get suggestions about what to wear. This device works online by connecting to your Wi-Fi. Besides giving information on weather, it also warns you about the level of air pollution or allergens in your local environment.
How It Works:
Take Off is a connected smart hanger. It receives local weather information and recommends you what to wear accordingly.
Take Off has 5 frames each showing recommendations for your footwear, clothing, head & neck covering, hand wear, and accessories.
These offers are visually presented using Split Flap mechanism. Once you stand in front of it, this satisfying mechanism switches from time and temperature mode to outfit recommendation.
temperature is demonstrable both in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.
Take Off is electrically operated and connects to home Wi-Fi network. It has a small switch on its side to refresh frames.
its body is made of wood and the hangers provide enough space for hanging clothes. They can also be detached from the main body to be used separately on wall or on your desk.
Extended Development Plan:
In our extended development plan, Take Off will be equipped with a face detecting camera, so that each user can have his/her own personal profile set on the device. When user stands in front of Take Off, his/her face is detected by face recognition capability of the camera. then, Artificially Intelligent system correlates weather data with user profile information and suggests what to put on.
Take Off Application can be installed on any smartphone. By having access to daily schedule of each user, it can provide smart suggestions to them.
If our next financial goal, raising $50,000, is realized, the presence sensor will be replaced with a Face detecting camera so that multiple users can use a same device at the same time.
Risks and challenges
Our product has been prototyped and its deficiencies resolved. Therefore there is no major technical challenge in its production process. The only challenge is fundraising. Since this is our first experience on Kick Starter, we have tried our best to minimize Reward and Goal expense. In addition, we have decided to make no profit and assume it’s been spent over marketing costs.