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Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

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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

Introducing Twistii 

Twistii is a rotating wrist torch. Our Patented design is simple to use with easy mains electric and solar powered USB charging. With a full 360 degree rotation, Twistii allows you to light up any situation. Twistii contains 6 LED’s (3 white and 3 red) with 3 mode settings; 360 degree mode - combined front and rear light, Directional mode - forward beam only and warning Flash mode - all led's flashing.

Twistii Kickstarter Range: Kick, Cool, Snow & Fire
Twistii Kickstarter Range: Kick, Cool, Snow & Fire

Technical notes: The torch is charged through a micro USB cable via all the usual power sources, including solar.

In 360 degree mode a Twistii will give approximately 2 hours of white & red light from 4 hour charge and 1+ hour from a 2 hour charge. 

In Directional beam mode (white light only) it will give 2+ hours of light from a 4 hour charge and 1+ hours from a two hour charge. 

In Warning flash mode (white/red together) it will give approximately 4 hours of light from a 4 hour charge and 2 hours from a two hour charge.

The figures above are based on continuous use and light intensity will not fade over the period of use. There is a short micro USB charging cable supplied with this product, but no mains plug. 

Twistii solar charging
Twistii solar charging

Hello to all you inventors and supporters of great ideas on Kickstarter. I have been in business for over 25 years and during that time I have scribbled down 1001 ideas on scraps of paper (ring any bells?). Most of those notes ended up in the bin or at the bottom of a drawer. I was always promising myself that one day I would put up or shut up and so about three years ago I gathered together all the silly creations that I could find and with the help of my Co-Founder, Darrell, we went through them one by one and the wrist torch 'Twistii' stood out right from the start. 

We began researching the possibilities and slowly but surely began to find people who could help us bring the initial idea into reality (see team below). Once we had finalised our products appearance and technical development we proceeded to trademark and patent our design and followed this by locating our manufacturing partners.

Twistii Fire production sample
Twistii Fire production sample

 What We Need & What You Get 

We have signed off the design, PCB, tooling and our injection moulding partners are in place. Everything is on schedule for delivery before Christmas 2018. So, what we need from you guys is to get involved in the first production run of Twistii. In return you will be the first recipients of our patented wrist torch. 

We wanted to make a product that was stylish, practical and cost effective too and we believe we have achieved this. Twistii is rechargeable and that saves changing batteries and helps the planet too!

Twistii range of colours
Twistii range of colours

The Impact 

We have explained the concept in the video above, but what we really want to convey is that Twistii is a simple idea that can be applied in so many ways and will help anyone with everyday tasks. It's not smart but it's clever!

We now need your input so we can help others with the little things in life, such as: 

• Having two free hands when fixing something. 

• Walking home from school/work in the dark.

• Motor vehicle breakdowns. 

• Not dropping your expensive phone while using the torch function. 

• Searching the loft or the back of a cupboard. 

• Taking the dog for a walk without impersonating a lighthouse. 

• Finding your tent or chalet on holiday. 

• Alerting vehicles and cyclists to your presence. 

• Emergency lighting. 

• Comfort lighting for the young and the elderly. 

We are pretty sure right now you are remembering an occasion when a Twistii would have made your life a little easier! Equally exciting are the branding opportunities for Twistii. Imagine your business promoting itself in a cool way that helps people. So check out the perks on offer! 

A Twistii wrist torch fits neatly in a toolbox, glovebox, handbag, backpack, hand luggage, on a bedside table or in the draw that holds all the things that you don't have a place for, but really need to keep

Twistii range in gift boxes
Twistii range in gift boxes

Other Ways You Can Help 

We perfectly understand that there are hundreds of ideas on Kickstarter that are equally deserving of your contribution, so if you feel you cannot support us financially, but like our idea, then please spread the word to your colleagues, family and friends and ask them to consider making our big idea become a reality. We are fully committed to getting the Twistii product range and brand out there and in your hands.

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CE and FCC safety certification - 07/2018
CE and FCC safety certification - 07/2018

The Twistii Team 

Mark Habberley - Inventor/Co-Founder of Twistii 

Darrell Butler - Head of Design/Co-Founder of Twistii 

Alan Limpkin - Electronics Guru 

George Woodall - Product Development 

Jake Hardiman - Graphic Designer 

Alan Woodall - Engineering consultant 

Neville Walker - I.P. Consultant 

Jimmy Jackson Habberley - Inspiration and Mascot 

Jimmy on a break!
Jimmy on a break!

We would also like to thank Blackfire Films for their expertise in producing the audio and video content for this campaign. 

The Twistii has been extensively tested for waterproofing. Though we cannot guarantee a fully submerged product we did take this film of the torch (see video below). This shows the torch underwater for 10 minutes before the lights went out. I shook the torch dry, switched on and it stayed illuminated for a further hour and twenty minutes.

We strongly advise that if you have a wet Twistii always place it in a dry area for at least 6 hours before attempting to recharge it.

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Future Development of Twistii 

We have already identified the next stage of development and that will be the Twistii TOCK (see below). Simply by adding a digital watch display will double the functionality and allow you to wear one device instead of two! We also plan to develop a Twistii CLIP for attachment to clothing, a Twistii OVER as a hanging light and a Twistii BUZZ for connecting to structures. All these will benefit from our patented light focus technology.

For updates and more information please visit: www.twistii.com

Twistii TOCK (2020)

Finally we would just like to say... 'we really, really appreciate anyone who has taken the trouble to read this far down. Thank You!'

Risks and challenges

'STOP PRESS' We have changed from an elasticated strap to a Snapband. This decision was made post-video production so sorry about that! The new solution fits easier to the wrist/clothing and offers a better quality product.

We have worked long and hard on the Twistii project and it has progressed through many iterations of design and PCBA manufacture. We have already tested and certified the PCBA. The tooling is made and we have the final production samples approved, so our schedule looks pretty good for delivery to backers pre-christmas this year in the UK. Rest of the world orders maybe delayed by individual country postal schedules, but we will do our best!

Twistii is a product that offers immediate proximity illumination. It does not beam into space or light up like the Eiffel Tower. We have had to strike a balance between size, power output and battery life and we have made the most out of all three without compromising design and functionality.

Having been contributors and spectators of many crowdfunding ventures, we have witnessed a few that have been delayed because of over subscription. We have worked our schedule around the longest route based on a modest number of units, but if you Kickstarterers make this a really successful campaign and we are vastly over subscribed then we will re-visit our production plans and keep you fully informed at every step of the way.

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