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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 28 2017
$2,610
pledged of $14,439pledged of $14,439 goal
26
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 28 2017

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Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

What is a Thing of a Widget? 

We get asked a lot, what do you mean by thing? The Thing of a Widget is a bottle opener, screwdriver, wrench, pry bar, phone stand, cat toy, amazing fidget toy, and all around fun and sometimes useful widget. Currently we are testing to see if the Thing of a Widget can be used for other tasks including a bomb diffusion apparatus, glass blowing tool, signal generator, self-defense instrument, artist master tool (painting/wood), safecracker, cooking utensil, Saint Bernard toy, the device your uncle can not stop talking about, and “you know, that thing.” We will provide an update on the Thing of a Widgets capabilities, based on the samples we have sent out to various third-party lab verifications.

 

Seriously what is it? 

The Thing of a Widget is a highly engineered device with lockable linkages that allow the user to change and manipulate the shape. We designed the Thing of a Widget to be small and lightweight so that it can fit on any standard tabletop or in a jean pocket, front side of course! After years of playing solitaire, we mean months of work, we are very interested in observing the Thing of a Widget in the wild.

Commonly accepted definitions (google): 

  • Thing: An object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to
  • Widget: A small gadget or mechanical device, especially one whose name is unknown or unspecified
  • Thing of a Widget: A physical thing and widget that allows the user customize as desired   

How do I use that thing? 

It's simple, you can slide, spin, poke, and throw the Thing of a Widget into a desired shape to accomplish a task, or not. Just ask Frank, “the best way to use it is just to start messing with it. Here is a 3D rendering of our thing and an example of what happens when it gets loose.”

 

Your Widget

 

 

 

 

 

 Specifications/Features 

  • Outside Material options: Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Titanium 
  • Inside Material options: Aluminum and Titanium 
  • Dimensions: 2.00’’ (50.8mm) x 1.00’’ (25.4 mm) x 0.375’’ (9.525 mm)
  • Weight: Depends on material, but usually less than 1.234 lb (moon weight 0.2 lb) 

 

 

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Where are we in our Widget production? 

Good news, we are mostly done and ready to spend long nights in production. We have a lot of working versions, 18 generations of prototypes, 45 CAD generations. Depending on demand (hoping for good thoughts) we will start ordering supplies to produce your widget in house/shop. If something interesting happens, like you wonderful people out there in the internet, we have formed great relationships with local manufacturing companies and could go with plan 'B-0.3'. However, we would prefer to manufacture everything in-house. Quality is very important to us! Outside manufacturers might get annoyed when we sleep on the shop floor in order to make sure the quality is up to our standards.

Timeline 

We have built a high-quality product and are very excited to release our thing, your widget into this little world. While we like to have fun, we are very professional and will continue to work day and night to get our product into your hands, pockets, backpacks, other. Below, you will see a brief outline of our journey and our expected timeline.

Questions, Comments, Concerns 

According to our scientist, Thing of a Widget will hit terminal velocity in approximately...... ok ok. Seriously please write us and we will do our best to get back to you. 

What kind of tests have you done? 
We have conducted many tests. One of the tests, we place the Thing of a Widget into a random person's hand. The initial response tends to be "what is this thing?" But after close observation, the subject begins to mess with the device and turns it into something they think is cool. Everyone sees and uses it differently.  
Some of the study results: 
  • 0.3-5 minutes: the test subject makes an object that they think is cool
  • 5-15 minutes: the test subject changes the Thing of a Widgets shape 30.6 times. 
  • >15 minutes: the test subject asks us if he/she can have it. We sadly say no because we are still conducting testing. 
*No subjects were harmed in the creative process, all walked away with a heightened imaginations. 
Is Thing of a Widget alive? 
As far as we can tell no. Thing of a Widget is a fun metal device, but maybe one day? 
Why is your number $14,439? 
We are proud Coloradans and Mount Elbert (CO) is 14,439', but let's be serious for a second. We have produced multiple bill-of-materials and manufacturing reports. We would like to purchase more equipment to increase efficiency. This desired amount came rather close to Mount Elbert's elevation. As Colorado natives, with the Rocky Mountains as our backyard playground, it is in our nature to scale and climb. We always strive to ascend to greater heights in achievement and innovation. 
What type/grade of aluminum/aluminium are you using? 
Currently, we are testing 6061 and 7075 aircraft grade aluminum with a select group of Boulderite subjects. The test subjects are using their widgets to achieve the unbelievable. So far both grades are holding up spectacularly, even to extreme goat usages. We will continue to observe the test subjects over the next few weeks and make a determination based on longevity and quality of finish
Speical Thanks to: 
www.bgoldglass.com

Risks and challenges

We are excited that this is our first campaign. Our company’s owner used to work as a Mechanical Engineer designing bomb disposal and surveillance robots, no joke, really. Now he lives in Boulder, Colorado, enjoying life, fresh mountain air, while creating unique and innovative devices. From manufacturing to quality control, while we are nervous, we have multiple plans and contingencies based on the outcome of this campaign.

Even though our next door neighbor Murphy might drop by to check out the wonders and magic being created in our shop, we will do everything we can to keep our stated timeline. Unfortunately, the universe is unpredictable and outlier events outside of our control occur. We do not and will never compromise on quality. We pledge to never ship a subpar product. Throughout this process, we will always keep you in the loop. By the time we ship you our Thing, we hope to teach you a little more about the wonders of our manufacturing process and added bonus of us sharing with you the beauty of Colorado. Just to get started let me introduce you to my aluminum supplier. His name Frank and he has a dog named Max. The best part of being a small business is that not only do we enjoy being greeted by wet noses, we know our providers and have real, in-person relationships with all the Frank's out there!

Safety/Liability Disclaimer: Thing of a Widget is designed well, but do not attempt to use it for any life threating or dire situation. Tools and toys have the potential to be very dangerous and we do not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any harm, damage, illegal activity, injury, while in use, play, or just lying around. Thing of a Widget contains multiple small pieces, probably best to keep away from little hands and wet noses.

We openly acknowledge that our competition makes a very good product, and we are not making our Widget in emerald green, it could get lost in the grass on a hike through our backyard.

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    AL-Thing

    Personally one of my friends likes this options the most!
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    ABC-Thing

    Generations to come will talk about what you are about to buy today. With one click you will help bring us closer to kickstarting the manufacturing might of Colorado. What you will get is your pick of your widget.
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    Everything is Grade 5 Titanium, do I need to say more?
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    One Thing of a Widget is not good enough. Therefore you need two!
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    Cool-Thing

    Do you know what is cooler than a rainbow? Having a rainbow of Thing of a Widgets in one of every material!

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