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.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is financial backing. Since this idea is not patentable, we cannot raise money the traditional way - investors. Crowdfunding is necessary to bring this project to life.
There is a risk of copycats stealing the idea. Of course, if they are also attempting to bring compassion into the world, we are still growing as a community (though it would be frustrating since stealing isn't very compassionate).
We have partnered with Apptology to develop the app across all three platforms (iOS, Android, Windows). There is the possibility of development delays. We will keep the community of contributors up-to-date on all issues.
We have partnered with Kite to print the books. We will incorporate their API and SDK. They were acquired by Canon, which could enhance the overall service. Their transition could complicate our development and final product.
Additionally, technical bugs could happen, which is why we will launch a beta version one month before release. Contributors at the Empathetic Beta Tester level and above will be part of the beta testing.
As long as the project is fully funded, rewards will be distributed one month before the launch of the finalized app.
Lastly, any challenges that arise will be communicated to the community of contributors. We believe in transparency and honesty. These are necessary components of compassion.
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