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A building toy for inventors of all ages. IKOS give you the opportunity to create endless designs with just one curved shape.
A building toy for inventors of all ages. IKOS give you the opportunity to create endless designs with just one curved shape.
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250 backers pledged $26,659 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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Bonus Goal - $29,000  

 Upon reaching our stretch goal of $29,000, all of our backers will receive a plug and play lighting kit. Simply screw in your favorite LED or energy efficient bulb, and cast light upon your IKOnic creations!

What are IKOS toys?

Patent Pending
Patent Pending
 

Essentially, IKOS are modular spherical construction toys. Take two interlocking pieces and connect them together to build a spherical surface.

When you want to enhance your creation, you can snap pieces together vertically to create sculptures, desk organizers or anything you wish.

What can I create?


A desk lamp
A desk lamp
 
 
A customizable 3D puzzle -- Patent Pending
A customizable 3D puzzle -- Patent Pending

 Bottom line: ANYTHING

Why IKOS?

The cool thing about IKOS is that one piece can be configured into endless design combinations. IKOS are made out of 100% recycled HDPE and are manufactured entirely in the US. This is more than a building toy; it’s a revolutionary way of thinking.

We are launching this design as a toy but we believe that there are other humanitarian applications such as emergency shelters and water storage. Spheres and domes are efficient geometric shapes when it comes to storage and shelter. This design is scalable which we know can ultimately be used for even greater purposes.

Images rendered to simulate future possibilities
Images rendered to simulate future possibilities

Rewards

 

Please note: Each contribution will receive the highest reward for which it is eligible. Rewards are not cumulative.  

Why you?

To make this into the design tool we have dreamt it to be, we need your help. We need help to cover the costs of large-scale production injection mold and the purchase of the recycled material. We are committed to manufacturing IKOS in the USA with 100% locally sourced recycled HDPE, but that takes not only commitment but also funding.

Further, we reach out to you, the Kickstarter community, for ideas and suggestions to better our product and come up with the highest and best uses of the building block of the 21st century. This is your opportunity to get involved in the spread of the IKOS revolution.

Why us?

Our team is comprised of high school students, two of whom are girls thinking about entering the field of engineering. We are dreamers and thinkers who bring varied points of view: creative, analytic and compassionate.

Our idea was born out of a unique pilot program, the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) which has given us the opportunity to step way outside the bounds of the classroom and explore the real world of engineering, business and finance. Led by an experienced industrial engineer, our team has taken a small school project and we hope to build it into something lasting and influential.

What is coming up?

 Check out our interactive 3D viewer below.

Patent Pending

Who are we?

Mike – Circus Ring Leader             Gates (HS Junior) – Construction Guru

Mina (HS Senior) – Mother Hen      Paige (HS Senior) – Lead Creative

Special thanks to: 

Erik Michaelis & Connor Weatherly for video creation/photography

Moby for video soundtrack

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be making sure our injection molder in the US will maintain a consistent production schedule. Variations in the availability of recycled HDPE could delay final production.

We have an ambitious delivery goal and feel confident we will be able to ship by July 2014 given our relationship and proximity to the manufacturer. We do run the risk of getting behind schedule due to unforeseeable circumstances.

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FAQ

  • We would be happy to send IKOS to you internationally. For International shipping please add:

    $20 USD to ship (40 IKOS) - Young Inventor Package

    $33 USD to ship (120 IKOS) - Innovator Package

    $60 USD to ship (250 IKOS) - Visionary Package

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    YOU'RE AWESOME PACKAGE: Thanks for helping us start our journey, we like you too! You'll be part of the IKOS revolution and we'll keep you updated through email.

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    YOUNG INVENTOR PACKAGE: Receive 40 IKOS in 2 random colors, plenty of pieces to make 2 full spheres or creations that have never been seen before. Keep the creative genius flowing within!

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    EARLY BIRD INNOVATOR PACKAGE: Receive 120 IKOS in 2 random colors. Great for a family with multiple kids, or the non-stop tinkerer. You will be listed on our wall of fame as an original IKOS supporter.

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    INNOVATOR PACKAGE: Receive 120 IKOS in 2 random colors. Great for a family with multiple kids, or the non-stop tinkerer. You will be listed on our wall of fame as an original IKOS supporter.

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    VISIONARY PACKAGE: Receive 250 IKOS in 2 random colors and eternal recognition on our wall of fame. You will be granted priority access to our site where you can display all of your creations.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    VISIONARY PACKAGE PLUS: Receive 250 IKOS in random colors and an electronic file of our patent pending product. This is for the true visionary who wants to modify and collaborate with the IKOS community. A .stl or parasolid file will be emailed to you upon completion of the kicktarter campaign.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    CREATIVE GENIUS PACKAGE: You will receive over 1,200 IKOS in random colors, enough for a true genius. You will be immortalized on our wall of fame and will be contacted by our team. If you happen to be in Park City, the team will cook you dinner and challenge to you to an IKOS build off!

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    TEAM TRAINING; Enhance your teams' innovation and performance through a full-day custom, face-to-face training with Performance Coach, Dr. Katie Grace MacElveen and 2,000 IKOS. Get serious about fresh solutions by boosting your teams' 4C's - creativity, communication, collaboration and confidence. Let us help you put the pieces together for performance success for your team! Curious about this offering? Contact us.

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Funding period

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