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UU-UBy UU-U
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UU-UBy UU-U
First created
£2,156
pledged of £25,000pledged of £25,000 goal
67
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 4 2014 5:09 PM UTC +00:00

About

Meet Memory Ring, a flash drive designed as a ring. 

 (Update: 4th Oct,

We're happy that there are people interested in still purchasing our product, we are setting up an email ordering system in place, temporally until we have a permanent system in place on our website. 

Email: sales@uu-u.uk

For the time being, bespoke orders are only available, we will notify everyone when we have secured and started production on the affordable range.)

Have you ever had that naked feeling after taking off your jewellery? Well, wouldn't it be a great idea to use that feeling to help you remember your flash drive.

The Story,

After exhausting the budget for buying new Flash Drives, because they go missing ever so often and most of the time Cloud storage isn't a viable option.

An idea was created from the family nickname for flash drives, 'A Finger', (don't ask why). Though "I lost my finger" is hilarious quote when in a panic, don't worry it sounds better in Cantonese.

The idea developed after finishing University and since then it has exploded into reality. Development after development the prototypes proved useful in my everyday work and traveling the country for different hackathons.

Friends and family started to build on the design, to span across different uses and purposes. From solely storing those precious digital memories into an item that has sentimental value inside and outside, to being James Bond with the hidden gadgetry. Honestly, thought it got a bit out of control.

So here it is finalised and I thought it would great to share it with the world, for you to make a use of it, how ever you like. For yourself, a gift or going all out secret agent.

How it works,

Gold Plated
Gold Plated
Plug and Play (alternative hoop design)
Plug and Play (alternative hoop design)

Who is it for?

If you are like me, then you would have experienced losing countless flash drives at school, college, university or at the workplace. Losing many hours of work trying to get it from A to B. Yes you probably be sensible enough to leave a copy at home or on the computer, but it does mean losing time that would be put to better uses.

If you are not like me, then you are pretty much have free rein to use this in the countless ways you can think of. 

Like wedding presents, birthday presents, anniversary gifts or a good'ol fashion mix tape. Put all your best memories on it to share at any time on any device that supports a USB port.

 The Development,

For the last 8 months, the design had gone through countless iterations, prototypes and materials to get to the final outcomes (along with a whole load of mess at home), Done in my spare time.

The Design Philosophy,

"When designing the Ring, it was important was to make it obvious that it isn't a flash drive at first glance by redesigning the chip housing from scratch to meet the tolerances of jewellery design and conforming to USB standards.

The emphasis on a minimalistic, comfortable and functional design is a key feature in most of my design work. Memory Ring is one of those ideas that just falls into place, designing itself more than being designed."

- Ming Wu

There were four main stages of the design, from concept to final. Each stage had countless amounts of re-visions, tweaks and sculpting to create the best form.

The Designs, Finishes and Materials,

 Mark 4 v3.6, the original final design of Memory Ring, after many iterations later, Result!

In Gold Plated Brass pictured below.

Custom Hoop Designs, a selection of alternative examples.

  • 3x3 - Example in Brass (PU coated brass, prototyping only) 
  • 3x1 - Example in Brass (PU coated brass, prototyping only)
  •  1x1 - Example in Brass (PU coated brass, prototyping only)

Material List:

Size Guide (will gradually add Cute and XL to the available options as stretch goals)

Emboss and Etch Design Guide

Custom Hoop Design Guide

The Next Steps,

The ring, the first product in a upcoming line of many, is now at pre-production stage, talks with the manufacturer has started to bare fruit. We now need your help to put it into production and give to you to put it around your finger. For this to happen, we need to raise a minimum of £25,000 for the manufacturer, to begin production of the Gold Plated models, to sell at a target price that doesn't empty your wallet. 

We also will offer bespoke designing services for Memory Ring in a range of semi precious and precious materials, for those who have bigger wallets.

Stainless Steel version, due to a slight mis-communication with the manufacturer, will be an available pledge option once we have sorted out the finer details.  

Why Launch on Kickstarter?

Because you lot, the Kickstarter Community, is the best community on the Internet. Supporting new ideas and new ways of doing things better. We want to learn from you, to create a much more efficient digital lifestyle for this ring and for our future products. As a treat, many of you will be the first to get your fingers on Memory Ring, by first, I mean anyone who is not my Mother.

Meet the team,

Well, it's just me.

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Risks and challenges

Don't worry about manufacturing samples, it's done. The only things that might happen is a delay in getting our stock made and sent to the us.

Another possible delay may occur because this team only has two hands and processing each order may take more time than expected. One solution is genetically modifying myself to have 2 more pairs of arms, but that seems unlikely. So the actual solution is hiring help, for that I may need a bigger office, compared to my current office. This would be part of the stretch goals, if it ever gets to that stage, but I have a plan if it doesn't.

This campaign is a risk in itself, what would happen if this flops, scary but I've planned that out. So hopefully wouldn't need to use plan B. If it doesn't work out, and you would like to purchase a ring, bespoke rings are separately created for each order.

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    Choice of 14K White Gold, Rose Gold or Yellow Gold with 64GB. Designed to your specification, with engraving, embossing and a custom hoop design. (see design guide for details) Plus the 'Get Proper Famous' package.

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