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.
Those served by municipal water systems benefit from treatment and distribution, but aging infrastructure and environmental pollution have increased the threat of tap water contamination. Water quality changes over time and it requires constant monitoring to be safe.
The Water Shield can also aide those served by well water to ensure their treatment system meets established EPA/WHO safe drinking standards all year round. Open the faucet with confidence!
Ingesting excess heavy metal concentrations can have tremendous adverse impacts on the body, especially on vulnerable populations like the young and elderly. Accurate diagnosis of your water's chemistry is the first step to reducing exposure to these harmful contaminants.
With the Water Shield in your home, the data you generate can link with others in your neighborhood to diagnose infrastructure issues and monitor emerging contaminants for your mutual protection. Big Data and Artificial Intelligence will change the ways our cities are managed. Do your part to ensure your city is a leader in the future of water management.
With the Water Shield, you’ll have access to the latest innovative technology on the market. Our proprietary lab-on-chip sensor, shown below, does all of the hard work and allows you to have fully automated, accurate water-quality testing. There's no longer a need to put on a lab coat to know your water's chemistry!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You might already have a countertop pitcher or fridge dispenser, but these are also the least effective at filtering contaminants. Popular countertop pitchers claim to deliver clean water, but are ineffective at removing harmful heavy metals. Reverse osmosis systems that install under the sink are costlier and remove substantially more heavy metals, but assessing filter and membrane performance is tricky at best.
We know that not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge, but you can always help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of! We can’t thank you enough for checking out the Water Shield and helping us make this project a success.
Like the things we can’t see in our water, this new adventure will have unknowns, unforeseen risks and challenges. Luckily for you, we’re confident in our ability to produce. We’ve done the research, and know what it takes to create a well-developed product - we just need your support and the right tools to turn this vision into reality. Don’t worry, we’ve done our homework, and we’re completely prepared to produce the Water Shield.
With a support system that includes world-class lab facilities and several incubators, partnerships are in place for success. The Water Shield has been many years in the making. Research and development on our proprietary technologies took at least 5 years to develop and refine. During this time, 4 functional prototypes were created. The Water Shield exists now as a well-engineered product with a strong aesthetic appeal, but above all, it will be built for functionality.
Our electronic chip design team has over 20 years’ of combined experience designing CMOS chips and holds more than 10 patents related to CMOS chip design. While our chemistry team has more than 10 years’ experience and 15 patents in the design and development of sensors and nano-materials. Together, they have worked on multi-million-dollar projects and have established strong relationships with suppliers and manufacturers.
Our sole focus now is on delivering a quality product that will exceed your expectations and serve you well into the future. To do this will involve securing a partnership with the right manufacturer, making sure quality controls are in place for production and extensive product testing is completed. We will enlist the services of a crowdfunding fulfillment specialist to ensure your Water Shield is delivered safely and securely.
Each Water Shield comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with Water Shield for any reason, simply reach out and request a refund, no questions asked. We are available to answer any questions you may have before and after the campaign and will keep you in the loop with regular production updates.
Back this reward and receive 110 Water Shields at 40% off the future retail price of $16,600! Each Water Shield includes a yearlong supply of filters. Additionally, backers will have an opportunity to meet the Water Shield founders over lunch and take a tour.