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.
Can kids make great products for kids? That was the question that got us going on this project. If the kids succeed it will inspire more people of all ages to follow their dreams.
We first had to find an area for the kids to innovate. As most parents know, teaching kids to cook is an important part of their upbringing. A kid that makes broccoli - will eat the broccoli. With all the good arguments for kids cooking, why are there no good kitchen products for kids on the market?
So the project became: Let's see if kids can create the best kitchen products for kids and let's film the entire process so everyone can be inspired by innovation.
We started with 35 kids and then chose 6 designers. The designers are between 8 and 13 years old. The remaining kids became testpilots, that during the process have tested and given feedback to the designers.
The designers have been going through a process lasting about 6 months where they have done everything adult designers do and more. Here is a list of some of the activities they have done and has been filmed as part of this process.
to identify shortcoming with existing products
Get feedback on prototypes
Negotiate with suppliers
Develop business cases
Present to the board
Develop names for products
Build structural packaging
Selling to retailers
Develop marketing strategy
Develop PR strategy
Launch the products
It has been a truly unique experience to follow the designers through this process. The results were a lot different and better then what we expected, and the kids dreamed up solutions we never would have though of.
THE 7 AMAZING KIDZDESIGN PRODUCTS
About the designer:"My name is Hellek and I am 13 years old. I did not want to design a mixing bowl for kids but the best mixing bowl on the market. The long spout avoids mess, it has a smart egg cracker, the solid base makes it easy to whisk, two handles make it easy to carry and a utensil holder holds your utensils in place. I am very proud of my design, and I am eager to go into production".
About the designer:"I love knifes! But my are parents are worried when I use them. In making Safy I did not cut myself once but multiple times. A great knife for kids needs to have a sharp blade so that is easy to cut with it, a rounded tip and a good protective grip for your hands. I also designed a cover for the blade when it is not in use. I am very proud of Safy and it will make cutting more easy, fun and safe".
About the designer: "Boiling pots are both hot and heavy. So how could I make them better? Well, first I gave mine two solid good grip handles to make it easy to carry. Then I made sure it was as light weight as possible. The lid is transparent so that you can see when it is boiling. Included in the lid I have also made a smart whistle, so the pot will piip when it is boiling. Because of this I named the product PiiP".
About the designer:"Oven mits are large and made for adults. I wanted to design the best and safest oven mits for kids. I first made sure that they fit kids. Safy is sold in pairs because kids need to use both hands for more strength. They are extra long so you do not burn your underarms and have silicone grips. Magnets are integrated so they will stick together or hang on the oven when not in use".
About the designer: "Kitchen benches are not designed for kids. That is why I designed Step & Smile. It gives kids the reight height with a solid platform when preparing food. It folds easily away when not in use. Although I designed it for kids it can also be used by adults. It is made in bamboo and plastic, making it nice and light. Step & Smile will make all the other kitchen products better".
About the designer:"Normal frying pans are often hot and heavy. Pantastic has two heat protected handles making it easy and safer to carry. It has an egg cracker on one side making it easier to make perfect eggs, and a lower edge on one side so it is easier to turn burgers and pancakes. I hope Pantastic will inspire you to make more food at home".
After developing more than 200 products and working with quality producers from all over the world we have the experience required for this project. Here is our timeline for Kidzdesign. As you can see we have made lots of progress already and are soon ready for production with your support.
Unikia is a product development company that has launched more than 200 products over the last 5 years. The products have won multiple awards like The IF award and RED DOT. The company is located in Oslo, Norway. We have experienced industrial designers, graphics and packaging experts, sourcing and quality control engineers and sales people working for our company. We are a dedicatd team focused on making new happen.
WHY WE NEED THE KICKSTARTER COMMUNITY
We are now in the process of investing in the tooling and production set-up for these products. We really need your help to make sure that these great roducts come to life. Please support us in making it hapen and be the first to receive the products at a great price.
Risks and challenges
Any new product comes with a certain risk. Your assurance for the products arriving as specfied, with the right quality and at the right time are the following.
1) Unikia has launched more than 200 products from a new idea into the market. In other words we have the experience.
2) Although the products are quite unique - they do not have the highest production complexity. In other words we are not expecting significant production or tooling challenges.
3) All the products are in late tooling preparation phase meaning we have done extensive communication with the engineers on making the tooling and preparing for the production.
Allegra, 8 years old has designed these extra long pair of heat protected gloves with silicone grips designed for kids. They come with magnets to keep them together, and will stick to oven or refrigirator. 15% off retail price.
Hellek, 13 years old did not want to create a mixing bowl just for kids, but the best mixing bowl on the market. It has a long spout to avoid mess, an egg cracker, easy to carry handles, wiskholder and a solid silicone base. 15% off retail price.
June, 11 years old has designed Step & Smile. A smart stepping stool that gives kids the proper height for tables and counters when cooking. It has a broad platform to stand on, folds easily and is so solid that it also can be used by adults. 15% off retail price.
Emma, 10 year old has designed Pantastic. A frying pan with two silicone protected handles making it safe to use and easy to carry. It has a lower edge for easy turning, and an incororated egg cracker. Can be used on all cooking tops. 15% off retail price.
Selma 9 years old has designed PiiP. A Pot with two handles in silicone making it safe to use and easy to carry. It has an integrated whistle to let you know when your contents are boiling. 15% off retail price.
VIP invitation to the Kidzdesignlab launch party. You will be part of the launch party and meet all the designers and learn all the secrets behind their designs. A special booklet about the project will be made for you and will be signed by all the designers. You will in addition receive 3 sets of all the products.