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maii UnexspectaclesBy maii Unexspectacles
First created
maii UnexspectaclesBy maii Unexspectacles
First created
€9,448
pledged of €100,000pledged of €100,000 goal
33
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 20 2014 5:49 PM UTC +00:00

About

After repeatedly been confronted with the question why glasses have to be so inconvenient, industrial designer and innovator Keesjan Klant pushed his personal expertise to the limits and developed a unique patented folding mechanism. 

He created the first fashionable foldable pocket glasses. The folding mechanism is such that a separate outer casing for preventing the glasses from scratches is not necessary. Brand director Edwin Wagner managed to create an exceptional ‘look and feel’ to this unique product. He added vision, strategy and personality. And hence the Amsterdam based brand “maii” was born.

The idea of ‘maii’, or reversed I am.
Specifically non permanently worn glasses like reading glasses, are considered highly inconvenient by the majority of users. The average user has a minimum of three and even so, he often can't find them. They also tend to be very fragile and not very fashionable So in general reading glasses are considered a commodity, not distinctive, boring and a necessary nuisance. ‘maii’ has put an end to all this.

 maii combines all functional necessities with design, fashion and image:

  • maii was developed in collaboration with renowned opticians.
  • maii is made of titanium, so almost unbreakable.
  • maii protects its own glasses, so scratches are virtually excluded.
  • maii is no bigger than a cigarette lighter, making it easy to carry with you. 
  • maii is fashion and can be worn as a necklace.
  • maii are the glasses you definitely want to be seen with

maii is more than just a pair of spectacles. maii is unique, small, convenient, unbreakable, traceable, scratch free and a beautifull to be seen with. maii can be personalized by choosing your own color, necklace or accessories.

So no two maii's are the same so you can be unique in your own kind. In addition to the applications as reading glasses and sunglasses we take it further and exploit all of maii’s potential.

Our developments

As from 2009 until today we have constantly been improving maii by searching for better materials, reducing the amount of parts, finding a more stable frame and getting the best glasses. All these efforts led to our worldwide patented product maii foldable pocket glasses

From day one we were convinced of the positioning of maii: highest quality and almost unbreakable. Highly precision assembling and the use of titanium as base material for the 28 different parts maii foldable pocket glasses are comparable to Swiss clockworks. No bigger than a lighter and unique in its kind maii is as functional as it is fashionable. We developed possibilities of engraving and printing maii to one’s personal style.

This Kickstarter program will help us to start setting up the production lines together with our production partner.

maii Necklace
Since maii is a product you like to be seen with, we developed a unique necklace with a special worldwide patented lock system. This makes you able to wear maii as a piece of jewelry. The necklace can also be worn without the glasses attached to it. The special titanium lock is available in a variety of colors and as can be worn as a medallion.

maii GPS Track
In order to never to lose your maii we made it possible to integrate a GPS tracking chip inside the casing. Combined with a smartphone app you will be able to always find your maii. Funds raised through our Kickstarter program will help us to further develop this tracking device.

maii Navigation
A second technological breakthrough is the possibility of implementing route navigation information. Connected to your car navigation system or smartphone navigation app you will be able to get the most essential data projected on your glasses.

maii Smartglasses
Last but not least we examined the possibilities of integrating Google Glass technology into our maii pocket glasses. The thought of becoming the first foldable smartglasses struck us with new challenges. It took us just over 1 year to succeed. maii Smartglasses are of course foldable and also not bigger than a lighter. So unlike existing smartglasses maii Smartglasses are small and very convenient to wear. We even made improvements on current technology. For instance the camera in maii Smartglasses follows your eye movements, which makes it easier to focus on objects. Kickstarter will help us funding the further development of this worldwide patented invention.

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Where to go from today?

In order to reach our ultimate goal: the introduction of maii in June 2015, we absolutely need your support.

In order to get this unique piece of art ready for production we need to absorb substantial expenses. Optimization of the hand-made models is necessary to enable us to manufacture the molds necessary for production of the frame. Also investments in testing of the specially designed glasses are inevitable.

Pledging for one of the options will help us reach our target and will give you the opportunity to become ‘the talk of the town’ by wearing maii as one of the first in the world. Initially maii can be ordered as sunglasses, reading glasses and night-vision glasses.

maii Sunglasses can be pledged for in several glass color varieties: blue, green, yellow, red, brown, black and grey. You can also order them as prescription glasses (form -3 to +3).

maii Reading glasses can also be ordered to a maximum of +3.

maii Night-Vision glasses are specially designed for car drivers. The specific night-vision glasses will make you feel more comfortable driving during sunset or at night.

maii glasses will be accompanied by a specially patented necklace, so you can wear maii as an exclusive piece of jewelry.

Shortly after pledging we will contact you by email to get your details regarding color and/or specifications of the optical power.

Soon ater the introduction of maii pocket glasses we will further develop our ideas and prototypes on Smartglasses and tracking and tracing systems.

We hope you will support us to make the introduction of maii possible and thank you for pledging. By pledging you accept maii Trading Specs for Kickstarter. You can review and find them at the bottom.

maii Planning

maii brand

maii was developed  from a user’s perspective. Besides the focus on its functional features, much efforts were put in fashion design, brand image and communication. All in which maii is unique and distinctive.

These are the necessary ingredients to become a world brand.

maii team

We are maii. A brand, design, invention, strategy and vision in a small team. Will you support us?

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You will find us on www.maiispecs.com or www.facebook.com/maiispecs

maii Terms

Risks and challenges

Due to the innovative design of maii and our demand for superb quality we have for some parts one superior supplier. Even though we have a close dialog with our suppliers, we are not in control of their actions. Every component is highly integrated into and optimized within the design, and an unforeseen component alteration can delay our launch. Once produced our glasses were severely tested. First, by having produced demo's by our Titanium 3d additive manufacturing partner. This way we are able to keep velocity within our project whilst improving it. We already have a demo and our patented system is proven and works. We will improve the design this year to assure it will be highly fashionable for man and woman. A jewel for everyone. Our Japanese partners have a strong history and have very strong skills and crafts that are required to create perfection for you. Our team has one of the best product designers with a very strong background in design and manufacturing. Even if we encounter high demand, we will be able to scale production and logistics accordingly. We believe that we will start shipping maii to our supporters starting June 2015. See maii planning for more detail. We will keep you close in the loop of our latest developments.

Thank you for your trust and support,
The maii Team.

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    Pledge €10 or more About $11

    maii friend>>>
    Support us in reaching our goals. Become a maii friend by donating a ‘small’ contribution and we will send you a personal “thank you” postcard from Amsterdam and keep you posted on maii developments.

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    Pledge €60 or more About $67

    maii wear>>> maii goes beyond glasses. maii is a lifestyle. maii is a brand you want to be seen with. Be the first to support us by ordering one of these slim fit T-shirts. Thank you for your trust and contribution.

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    25 Early Birds inscription>>> You belong to the first group to help us realizing maii. We find you very special and this requires a special maii thank you. maii let you personalize and engrave your maii by artist and juwelry designer Marc Lange. Making your maii special edition a true collector’s item. With the color lenses and standard strength of your choice you can create your own maii Reading glasses, maii Sun glasses or maii Night Vision glasses. Save > € 100 against expected market value. Please add € 50 for custom prescription glasses

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    Pledge €349 or more About $391

    maii Sun / Reading / Night Vision >>>. As you have seen in our teaser maii is unique. By selecting your own color of lenses and standard strength of your choice you can create your own maii Sun, Reading or Night Vison Glasses. We will get in contact with you later to get the specifics of your order, like color, strength etc. Save at least € 50,- against expected market value.

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    Pledge €399 or more About $447

    25 Early Birds - maii Complete>>> This special offer is a combination of two innovations: maii pocketglasses and maii Necklace with unique titanium pendant lock to click in your maii. You are one of the first to help us realizing maii. This requires a special maii thank you. maii let you personalize and engrave your maii by artist and jewelry designer Marc Lange. With the color lenses and standard strength of your choice you can create your own maii Reading glasses, maii Sun glasses or maii Night Vision glasses. We will contact you later on to let you make your choice. Save at least € 200,- against expected market value. Please add € 50 for custom prescription glasses

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    maii Prescription glasses>>> Do you have an eye-prescription and you want to order? With the color lenses and standard strength of your choice you can create your own maii Reading glasses, maii Sun glasses or maii Night Vision glasses. We will contact you later on to get the most dated prescription.

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    Pledge €499 or more About $559

    maii Complete>>> This is a combination of two innovations: maii pocket glasses and the maii necklace with unique titanium pendant lock. By selecting the color lenses and standard strength of your choice you can create your own maii Sun, Reading or Night Vison Glasses. We will get in contact with you later to get the specifics of your order, like color, strength etc. Save at least € 100,- against expected market value. * Please add € 50 for custom prescription glasses.

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