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Keith Kaarup Jr.By Keith Kaarup Jr.
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Keith Kaarup Jr.By Keith Kaarup Jr.
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$1,760
pledged of $36,000pledged of $36,000 goal
24
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 1 2013 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

TEK Bracelet Story

I carry USB flash drives where ever I go, and I am constantly losing them or misplacing them.  I started looking for a USB bracelet that I could wear and hopefully not lose, but nothing I found had much style.  All of them were just functional rubber brand type bracelets which did not appeal to me.  I wanted something that I could wear everyday.  I could not find anything, so I thought why not make my own and I dusted off my summer camp leather skills and the TEK Bracelet was born.  It is a leather bracelet with either a USB flash drive built into the custom designed buckle or you can order the bracelet with a Yubikey security key instead of the flash drive.  The Yubikey is available in either the Standard or the NEO option and is explained below.  The USB flash drive size is offered with five size options: either 4GB, 8GB 16GB, 32GB or the massive 64GB option and is USB 3.0 enabled.  Both the Yubikey and USB flash drives options are both water resistant as well, so you do not need to worry about getting them wet or forgetting to take them off before you shower.

We are offering the TEK Bracelet in several design options, and we will open up more styles if we reach our goals.  We are also offering custom engraving options on two of our leather bands.  The cool part about engraving on the leather band is that we will be etching directly into the leather with our laser engraver.

TEK Bracelet
TEK Bracelet

Also the TEK Bracelet can be securely snapped around a backpack strap or purse handle.  It makes a great looking accessory and you always have a flash drive available when you need one.

A TEK Bracelet makes a great accessory
A TEK Bracelet makes a great accessory

We have completed the 3D modeling of our buckle design and have had several prototypes made of the initial design.  We did not just source an existing buckle, we created a whole new design.  Then we created and tested several prototypes for functionality, aesthetics and comfort.  The final design has been revised several times for manufacturing and is ready to run with our injection molding company.  We are using a plastic rubber hybrid material which is rigid enough to function as a buckle, yet soft enough not to be uncomfortable when being worn.  Below is our custom designed TEK Bracelet buckle. 

TEK Bracelet Buckle Final Design Assembly
TEK Bracelet Buckle Final Design Assembly

USB Drive Info & Sizes

We did not know this before we started this project, but all USB drives are not equal.  There are different grades of drives depending on where they are cut from the wafer.  The Grade A drives which are cut from the center of the wafer and are the highest quality are your branded drives.  These are branded with the manufacturers name and serial number.  Grade B drives are supposedly just as good, but are cut further from the center and are not branded.  The Grade C and D are your chips cut from the edges of the wafer and the lowest grade chips can have failure rates over 40% and cause system instability.  That being said we are using Grade A chips only, and our drives are USB 3.0 enabled which can reach data transfer speeds up to 190 MB/s.

We are offering five different flash drive sizes for the TEK Bracelet.  I have setup the reward pricing for all the bracelets with a 4GB flash drive.  If you would like to upgrade the flash drive size select the TEK Bracelet you want under rewards and the "Back This Project" windows will open.  Next you will need to add the flash drive upgrade cost to the 4GB price in order to get the correct pricing.  Here are the upgrade costs for each drive size:

  • 8GB Upgrade- add $5.00 to your pledge.
  • 16GB Upgrade- add $10.00 to your pledge.
  • 32GB Upgrade- add $20.00 to your pledge.
  • 64GB Upgrade- add $35.00 to your pledge

For example if you wanted to buy a 16GB TEK Bracelet, add $10.00 to the $35.00 price for the 4GB price for a total pledge of $45.00.  Sorry this is a little kludgy but this is the only way to add options in Kickstarters reward system.

Yubikey Option

Another option that we are offering is the TEK Yubi-Bracelet with a Yubikey built into it instead of the USB flash drive.  If you do not know what a Yubikey is, checkout the links below that describe it much better than I can.  But in short it is a USB security key that authenticates the user with a physical key.  We are offering two option for the Yubikey, the first is the Yubikey Standard and the second is the Yubikey NEO.  The Yubikey Standard is a USB key that when plugged into a USB port sends a One Time Password (OTP) to the device to authenticate the user.  The Yubikey NEO not only operates as a USB key when plugged into a USB port, it also has a built in Near Field Communication (NFC) device which allows you to authenticate any device with NFC capability without even plugging in the key.  All you have to do is press the button and hold the TEK Yubi-Bracelet near your device, and it will authenticate you.

TEK Bracelet with Yubikey Option
TEK Bracelet with Yubikey Option

Yubikey Standard

How the Yubikey Standard works:  With a simple touch of the gold disc, the YubiKey sends a OTP as if it was typed in from a keyboard. The unique passcode is verified by a YubiKey compliant application.

For more information about the Yubikey Standard visit the product website: http://www.yubico.com/products/yubikey-hardware/yubikey/

Yubikey NEO

How the Yubikey NEO works:  When the YubiKey NEO is introduced to a NFC enabled mobile device, it emits an NFC NDEF tag, which triggers your browser or is handled by supporting applications. The same device can also be used on computers with USB and for physical access control.

For more information about the Yubikey NEO visit the product website:  http://www.yubico.com/products/yubikey-hardware/yubikey-neo/

See what other people are saying about the Yubikey:

http://www.t3.com/news/google-trial-yubikey-as-password-all-in-one-solution

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345571,00.asp

http://iamthekiller.net/yubikey-review

Styles

We are offering the TEK Bracelet in six different styles for the initial launch.  If we exceed our funding goals we will open up more design styles and colors.

LUKA- TEK Bracelet with Yubikey Option
LUKA- TEK Bracelet with Yubikey Option
MARDI- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
MARDI- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
ALIA- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
ALIA- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
LYON- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
LYON- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
FRANK- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
FRANK- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
NO NAME- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive
NO NAME- TEK Bracelet with USB Flash Drive

Stretch Goal Designs

We are being held to strict minimums from our supplier regarding the quantity we must purchase of each design.  But if we can exceed our funding goals we will be able to open up more designs styles which we love. 

TEK Bracelet Stretch Goal Designs
TEK Bracelet Stretch Goal Designs

Bracelet Sizing

The TEK Bracelets are available in three different sizes: 6 1/2", 7 1/2" or 8 1/2".  To size your bracelet, take a measurement around your wrist.  It is easy to just use a piece of string and wrap it around your wrist then measure where the ends meet.  Select a size that is slightly larger than your wrist measurement.

Engraved TEK Bracelet

For someone who really wants to personalize their TEK Bracelet we are offering a custom laser engraved option; either an engraved plate on the No Name bracelet or a laser etched band on the Frank Bracelet.  You can custom engrave the No Name bracelet using one of four available fonts and up to 10 characters can be engraved.  The Frank Bracelet can be engraved with up to 36 characters.

Frank TEK Bracelet
Frank TEK Bracelet
NO NAME TEK Bracelet
NO NAME TEK Bracelet
TEK Bracelet Engraving Font Styles
TEK Bracelet Engraving Font Styles

Ordering

Once we complete our campaign and we have reached our funding goal we will reach out to everyone to get their order details.  We will need to get your bracelet size, style, USB key type and confirm USB upgrade size.  Also if you chose to personalize your bracelet with the engraved option we will need to get the text you want engraved and the font style.

Stretch Goals

We are hoping to reach our funding goal quickly and hope to offer some great stretch goals if we exceed our funding target.  These are some of our ideas; please let us know which you would like to see offered.  Also if you have any ideas that you think would be a great reward send me your input through Kickstarter and we will try to add them if we can.  Please tell your friends and family about our project and promote our campaign so we can offer some of these great options.

  • More colors options for our bracelets designs.
  • Custom engraved graphics for the band bracelet, where you could send us your own artwork to be laser etched onto the bracelet.
  • More cool bracelet designs

About Me & Production Plans

I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the Semiconductor field for 10 years designing process equipment. Both my wife and I grew tired of our jobs and decided to quit and try something new. We both loved wine and loved the allure of the wine business. Nine years ago we quit our jobs and started a small wine packaging company in Napa California. Our company has grown year after year and we now employ over 100 employees during our busy season.

I like to read stories of companies bringing their production back to the US, and that is my goal with the TEK Bracelet. I will be using a portion of our warehouse and staff from our wine packaging company to cross train to assemble the TEK Bracelets. Also our internal systems and warehouse management software are already configured for ERP and manufacturing. Which will make adding another product line very easy.

From my previous life as an Engineer I have experience in design, functionality, and manufacturing. I know AutoCAD and Solidworks and have extensive experience in Project Management. My present role at our wine packaging company is quoting, production management, accounting, invoicing and ERP. The culmination of all these experiences gives me all of the tools to make the TEK Bracelet a quick success.

TEK Bracelet Deliverables
TEK Bracelet Deliverables

Risks and challenges

My goal is to assemble everything here in the US. Of course this adds some complexity and increases cost, but we wanted to manufacture a quality product that we could directly manage and oversee. Our biggest challenge will be to source a domestic plastic injection manufacturer who can both create the tooling and manufacture the custom buckle at a competitive price. We are currently in discussion with several companies who feel they can meet our needs.

We will be utilizing our existing staff from our company and training them in assembly of the TEK Bracelets. We also already have the in place our ERP, order entry, accounting and shipping systems from our existing company.

I purchased the website www.tekbracelets.com and we will be building and launching an online store to sell and promote the TEK Bracelets. Also we will be structuring our pricing to allow wholesale pricing, so that we can offer the TEK Bracelets to retailers at wholesale prices.

I have set a goal of $36,000 for this project. The tooling cost for the custom snap buckle, which is the key design for the TEK Bracelet is estimated to cost approximately $12,000. The designs for the buckle are complete and have been reviewed for their capability to manufacture. All we need to do is pull trigger, and we will be ready to start making the tooling. The remainder is to cover materials and labor for assembly of the rewards.

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    Help us name one of our bracelet designs. Choose this reward and you will help us name our TEK Bracelet that we called the "No Name" bracelet. After the campaign ends we will reach out to each supporter and get their name suggestion. We will post all the names on our website and then we will choose the one that we feel best represents our design.

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    Additional TEK Bracelet designs without buckles. If you would like to have additional bracelets designs so that you can swap the designs out, you can purchase them with this reward. We will contact you after the project closes for the design and size you would like.

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    TEK Bracelet Hold the Tech- If you like our bracelet designs, but really don't want the USB flash drive or Yubikey. You can purchase this reward, which is any one of our stylish designs with a 3/4" snap buckle instead of our custom buckle. If you would like this option in one of the laser etched styles, add $15 to your pledge for laser etching.

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    Early Backer Special- One 4GB TEK Bracelet in any of our stylish designs.
    8GB Upgrade- add $5.00 to your pledge.
    16GB Upgrade- add $10.00 to your pledge.
    32GB Upgrade- add $20.00 to your pledge.
    64GB Upgrade- add $35.00 to your pledge.
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    One 4GB TEK Bracelet in any of our stylish designs.
    8GB Upgrade- add $5.00 to your pledge.
    16GB Upgrade- add $10.00 to your pledge.
    32GB Upgrade- add $20.00 to your pledge.
    64GB Upgrade- add $35.00 to your pledge.
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    Early Backer Special- Engraved TEK Bracelet- One 4GB TEK Bracelet in one of our engraved band options; either the Frank Bracelet or the No Name Bracelet. The Frank Bracelet can be engraved with up to 10 characters in one of our four offered fonts. The No Name Bracelet can be engraved with up to 36 characters in one of four fonts, and these will be laser etched right into the leather band.
    8GB Upgrade- add $5.00 to your pledge.
    16GB Upgrade- add $10.00 to your pledge.
    32GB Upgrade- add $20.00 to your pledge.
    64GB Upgrade- add $35.00 to your pledge.
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    Engraved TEK Bracelet- One 4GB TEK Bracelet in one of our engraved band options; either the Frank Bracelet or the No Name Bracelet. The Frank Bracelet can be engraved with up to 10 characters in one of our four offered fonts. The No Name Bracelet can be engraved with up to 36 characters in one of four fonts, and these will be laser etched right into the leather band.
    8GB Upgrade- add $5.00 to your pledge.
    16GB Upgrade- add $10.00 to your pledge.
    32GB Upgrade- add $20.00 to your pledge.
    64GB Upgrade- add $35.00 to your pledge.
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    Early Backer Special- One TEK Yubi-Bracelet Standard in any of our stylish designs. This is our TEK Bracelet with a Yubikey Standard key built into the buckle. Please see the project description for information on the Yubikey and how it works. This option does not have any storage capacity, and only operates as a security key.

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    One TEK Yubi-Bracelet Standard in any one of our stylish designs. This is our TEK Bracelet with a Yubikey Standard key built into the buckle. Please see the project description for information on the Yubikey and how it works. This option does not have any storage capacity, and only operates as a security key.

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    One custom engraved TEK Yubi-Bracelet Standard in your choice of our two bands options; either the Frank Bracelet or the No Name Bracelet. This is our TEK Bracelet with a Yubikey Standard key built into the buckle. Please see the project description for information on the Yubikey and how it works. This option does not have any storage capacity, and only operates as a security key.

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    The Early Backer Special- One TEK Yubi-Bracelet NEO in any one of our stylish designs. This is our TEK Bracelet with a Yubikey NEO key built into the buckle. Please see the project description for information on the Yubikey NEO and how it works. This option does not have any storage capacity, and only operates as a security key.

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    One TEK Yubi-Bracelet NEO in any one of our stylish designs. This is our TEK Bracelet with a Yubikey NEO key built into the buckle. Please see the project description for information on the Yubikey NEO and how it works. This option does not have any storage capacity, and only operates as a security key.

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    One Custom Engraved TEK Yubi-Bracelet NEO in your choice of our two bands; either the Frank Bracelet or the No Name Bracelet. This is our TEK Bracelet with a Yubikey NEO key built into the buckle. Please see the project description for information on the Yubikey and how it works. This option does not have any storage capacity, and only operates as a security key.

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Funding period

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