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.
Zips with single sliders and zips with pull tabs that have no holes cannot be locked using traditional travel locks. Such zips can be found on any standard looking backpack, laptop case, and other pouches that are commonly used by people all over the world.
Not securing these zips leaves the bag susceptible to being tampered with, and turns you into easy targets for pickpockets. The last thing any traveler wants is to lose their valuables and important personal documents, miles away from home.
Solution - The Peary Lock
A simple, easy-to-use device that can be clipped onto any zipper, physically blocking the zipper slider from moving anywhere. This physical barrier can only be opened by inputting the correct combination, effectively crippling a thieving mind looking for a quick swipe, or better yet - deter them from even trying.
With the Peary Lock, you can keep your belongings safe and secure at all times. So you can travel with a peace of mind and not worry about the little things. Travel smart, travel safe, travel without worries.
Use it on different bags and zips:
Can be used on bags with single slider zip
Can also be used on bags with double slider zip
Can be used on zips with pull tabs that do not have holes
Does not damage the bag
Secure the contents of your bag with the Peary Lock,
While walking on a busy street
When storing your bags in the trunk of the bus
When storing your bags in the overhead compartment of the plane
When checking in your baggage at the airport
Since it is clipped to the bag, the Peary Lock remains there when it is opened, minimizing the chances of it being misplaced unlike traditional travel locks
It is convenient to open and close to deposit or retrieve the contents of your bag, such as your wallet, smartphone, and passport
It is lightweight
Customizable, Colorful, and Fashionable
How does it work?
Did you know?
According to The World Bank, the number of international tourist arrivals throughout the world increased from 949 million to 1.13 billion in 2014, and this trend is expected to continue.
According to Holidaysafe Travel Insurance Company, 33% of all travel insurance claims are for lost or stolen possessions, second after Medical claims.
According to the Irish Examiner, the Irish national daily newspaper, an estimated 400 000 pickpocket incidents occur around the world each day.
What's in the Market?
What others are saying
"My mother's phone was taken from her bag in Naples. The phone was in the small pocket in the front of the bag. The thief zipped open her bag in one fluid motion, and probably caught the phone that dropped out and walked away. If we had had a lock for that zip, none of this would have ever happened."- Adya, Tourist
“The project is pretty useful for people who aren't used to traveling. I've had 2 different group of friends that went to Europe and got robbed. For the second group, robber 1 puked on my friends, robber 2 offered tissues to my friends to clean up the vomit, while robber 3 took his time to steal from all their bags. I'm sure if they had your lock, it would've been obvious that they were pulling your bag apart, and would immediately have ran.”- Ern, Occasional Traveller
“My friends and I went on a backpacking trip in Europe. We took one of the most infamous trains in Naples,Italy - where pickpockets are everywhere. We had to be completely on our toes the whole journey to our hostel. On a tram ride in France, one of my friends got his laptop and wallet stolen and he didn’t even realize it until he got back to his room! On another bus ride, there was this guy who was standing behind me and he was fiddling around with my stuff- I realized he was a pickpocket!”- Suhasini, Exchange Student
“The only things I actually want to put in my bag’s front pouch are my handphone and wallet. But I never feel secure placing them there, so the pouch just ends up useless. Then I have such a hard time finding them hidden underneath everything else in the bigger compartment. With this lock, I can keep my valuables at a convenient and safe place and fish my handphone or wallet out in like 2 seconds.”- Yee Ying, City Dweller
At Caribou, our vision is for every traveler to have the best travel experience imaginable. We want to make traveling safe, fuss-free, and as cost-effective as possible.
We are travelers ourselves, and while traveling we met with the issue of securing the contents of a bag with a single slider zip. Out of this personal inconvenience, the Peary Lock concept was conceived and Caribou was born. Rooted in that beginning, we at Caribou strive to enhance every travel experience through innovative and useful consumer products.
Our team met at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and have worked together for more than 2 years. We have a diverse set of backgrounds - ranging from Mechanical Product Engineering to Electrical Product Engineering to Information Systems Engineering.
All of us are also pursuing a second degree in Business Administration (BBA) at Singapore Management University (SMU). We are undergraduates at both universities, and thus have the resources and mentorship in engineering, design, and business management at our disposal beyond the campaign.
About The Peary Lock
A successful Kickstarter campaign would give us exposure and help build a community that loves what we do, so we can continue to design better products for the world.
This is just the beginning. Focused group discussions with many potential users have given us invaluable feedback and suggestions and we are brimming with ideas to improve on the current model in terms of designs and material choice.
Further Enhancements and Considerations
Enhancing the user-friendliness of the installation process
Exploration of different material types (e.g. Metal or wood infused 3D print filaments, or fully machined parts)
Customizable dial faces, making security fashionable
Include the option to use a standard travel lock to further secure the zip slider barrier to enhance security
Include an integrated alarm system to alert the user when the lock is tampered with
Kickstarter Campaign Reward Types
* The manufactured version of the Peary Lock is still in development. We are looking at making them out of plastics or metals like aluminum and titanium alloys.
*To purchase more than one, pledge a multiple of the stated pledge amount and we will contact you after the campaign! :)
Stretch Goals (will be further updated as we reach each goal):
$20,000 - 2 additional color choices for the 3D-printed version (for a total of 7 colors)!
If you like our product and would love to have the Peary Lock in your hands and on your bags, please LIKE, SHARE, and BACK our campaign, and together we will strive to make the Peary Lock a reality!
Why Kickstarter? What are the funds for?
The Peary Lock is still in the development stages and the continuation of the project depends on the demand we receive from this Kickstarter campaign. With sufficient support in this campaign, we will work hard to deliver the Peary Lock to your hands and onto your bags.
Furthermore, we want to build a community of friends of Caribou and the Peary Lock to gather feedback on our first iteration (3D printed version), such that we can create the best product for mass production and bring most value to our backers, customers, and the rest of the world.
Funds raised will be used for:
Production of the 3D-printed functional prototype of Peary Lock (3D printing filaments and materials, time and manpower to manufacture, etc)
Further Product Development / Product Realisation / Design for Manufacturability, to produce the next generation of Peary Locks of higher quality
Fabrication of casts and moulds for the mass manufactured version
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing risks and delays are to be expected, but rest assured that we will be updating the campaign page and website on a weekly basis. The fact that we are in both an engineering school and business school means we have plenty of resources such as access to fabrication labs with 3D printing capabilities, and guidance from either schools’ entrepreneurship centers, experienced mentors, and networks.
There is a relatively higher risk for the manufactured version as the product is still in development. However, we have already established contacts with manufacturers and hardware start-up incubators in Shenzhen, China to take the project further with the manufactured version, should there be sufficient demand.
Thank you for your contribution! In return for your support, your name will be mentioned on our website together with other early supporters who helped Caribou start up and grow. In addition, you will receive all the latest updates on Peary Lock!