This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, June 6 2019 5:08 PM UTC +00:00.
Welcome to the Era of High Fivelity!
Noisyband bracelets shout your own customized phrases and sound effects when you give a high five or a fist bump!
5% of profits will be donated to Autism charities. More on this below.
Why amplify high-fives?
High five-ologists debate the ubiquitous gesture's origins. Whether the first high five was just a team effort to kill a mosquito or two kids very quickly comparing hand sizes, one thing is for sure...with the rise in popularity of the high five came a growing epidemic of being "left hanging".
Below, you will find the only photograph sadder than a polar bear balancing on a melting ice cap - a polar bear being "left hanging."
With a Noisyband around your wrist, you are guaranteed to never be left hanging again.
In fact, you will be so rad that tourists may ask to take videos of you high fiving their babies.
In an age when cellphones and social media increasingly distract us all from face-to-face connections, Noisybands motivate bonafide interactions by making these age-old hand maneuvers a whole lot more engaging.
You can personalize your Noisyband(s) to play your own custom sound effects. This makes Noisybands a thoughtful gift, a humorous giveaway for your next celebration, "ear-catching" swag for your sports team or club, or a uniquely memorable promotional item for your business.
If this campaign is successful, you will receive an email asking you to reply with your custom sound effects. They can be your favorite baseball team's slogan, an inside joke you share with friends or a recording of your spouse snoring. Get creative!
More than Just a Toy
Noiysbands offer a new way for people to express themselves even when they may struggle with speech. As a compact, easily portable device, this wristband is convenient to carry throughout the day. Noisybands do the opposite of make children stand out as different. They help children be cool with their peers.
Furthermore, the ability to use any sound effects makes the device versatile and able to provide comfort by playing back a parent’s voice.
While the design is complete for this first product, my goal for this campaign is to build enough effective units and get them out into the world, so that the next version and the version after that will be even more useful as a tool. Your feedback is invaluable! I’ve sat down with many therapists and speech pathologists local to San Diego, but recognize I have much more to learn.
A Good Cause
5% of Noisyband profits will be donated to autism charities - specifically, the Autism Society and the Friendship Circle.
The Friendship Circle provides services to those with autism and other developmental and cognitive challenges. Having volunteered at Friendship Circle events as a child, I know that this organization is nothing short of magical for everyone who participates in their programs - both the children who have communication challenges and the children who volunteer!
The Autism Society provides autism education, awareness, advocacy, and research, and most importantly, enables assistance to families living with autism.*
*In accordance with Kickstarter rules and regulations, funds from this campaign will not be donated. 5% of all future profits will indeed be donated.
The Original Noisyband Crew
If you prefer not to customize a Noisyband with your own sound effects, rest assured. There are five collectible Noisyband characters to choose from. Each character plays unique sound effects. You will discover these surprise sound effects when you receive your Noisyband in the mail and give your first high five.
Check out https://www.noisybands.com to learn more about each of these groovy characters.
I have oodles of eccentric characters in the pipeline, with the overall objective of making Noisybands an exciting collectible item - similar to Pokemon cards, Crazy Bones, Pogs and my sister, Hannah's impressive 5th grade collection of Tic-Tac box containers.
The Inspiration Behind Noisybands
I came up with the Noisyband concept while moonlighting as a street performer. When playing bucket percussion at boardwalks and farmers markets, countless people of all ages and all walks of life have approached me and struck up memorable conversations. The spontaneity and energy of these encounters never fail to make me feel deeply connected and present with the crowd.
One day, those great feelings made me scratch my paltry goatee scruff and wonder, "How can I share a taste of these invigorating social vibes of street performance with the rest of the world?
I drove to an electronics store, bought a soldering iron and began prototyping the Noisyband concept - a quirky toy intended to help people experience the special energy of face-to-face interactions just a bit more!
Let's Noisy-band together and fight lame high fives!
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"lending your hand" 😉
Every awesome backer is welcome to visit me in San Diego. I would love to meet you!
Know someone else who would be stoked about Noisybands!?
Stay in the Loop
If you would like to stay in the know about how things progress with the Noisyband project, send me your email address here: http://www.Noisybands.com.
The Design Process
After two years of late night soldering and 3D printing, 12 circuitboard iterations, heaps of artwork revisions and countless tweaks to the plastic housing design, the Noisyband is complete!
I hope my roommates will forgive me for repeatedly clapping my hands at 2:00 A.M. while testing various speakers and batteries!
I experimented extensively with vibration sensors and speakers of all shapes and sizes until I found optimal components for detecting a high five and for playing clean, audible sounds.
It was a ton of fun thinking up quirky personalities for the Noisyband characters, illustrating their faces, watching their designs evolve and recording their sound effects. Each character is inspired by friends of mine from over the years who have fun and irreplaceable personalities.
I have received samples from a reliable manufacturer and I know exactly how much each Noisyband will cost to manufacture and ship.
Where will the $20,000 go?
The $20,000 campaign goal will cover the upfront costs of the injection mold for the plastic housing and the circuit board assembly setup, as well as the manufacturing and shipping costs of the first 6,000 units. Remaining funds will be used for continued marketing and the development of more exciting toys that encourage fun, face to face human interaction. In particular, I plan to create ...
- A second version of Noisybands that allows you to record your own sound effects into a built-in microphone (I recently built the first working prototype).
- Noisybands that play different phrases in response to various hand motions, specially designed for children who live with communication challenges,
- "Friendship bracelet" Noisybands that play special sounds when you high five your friend who is wearing the matching bracelet,
- And a continually growing list of other products that support the missions of motivating face-to-face human interaction and helping those with communication challenges in a non-intrusive way.
Branding & Licensing Potential
Licensing opens endless possibilities for Noisyband characters. If the campaign is successful, I’d like to negotiate licensing agreements with Disney, athletes, musicians and authors to create Noisyband versions of pop icons, such as Bran Stark, Captain Underpants, Obama, Violet Parr, Lebron and Slow-Mo, the locally famous retiree who gloriously rollerblades down the Pacific Beach boardwalk in an epic display of slow motion carpe diem.
But who is this Gideon guy?!
After earning a mechanical engineering degree from Princeton University (aka "living under a stack of books for 4 years"), Gideon entered the real world, where he quickly learned he was entirely oblivious to most pop culture references. In this strange world where friends frighteningly referenced lines from TV shows and rallied around professional sports teams, Gideon shields his inner nerd in the comfort of working as a mechanical, electrical and software engineer. In Manhattan, Tel Aviv, Maui and San Diego, he has helped design counterterrorism robots, genetic sequencing machines, rugged training equipment for Olympic athletes, electronic art installations and Bluetooth enabled security systems.
Gideon's greatest passion is playing hip hop drum beats on paint buckets at farmers markets and boardwalks under the alias, "Boomtikkabam". By making high fives and fist bumps more engaging, Noisybands are Gideon's way of sharing a taste of bucket drumming's incredibly social vibes with the rest of the world, because life is only as meaningful as the relationships we have with one another.
Shout to Ms. Kosen and Ms. Carlson’s helpful and super creative students at Kate Sessions Elementary for their enthusiasm and assistance with the video!
Risks and challenges
As with any new product that involves electronics and plastic parts, there is a chance the injection molding, manufacturing and assembly will pose unexpected hurdles. With 4 years of product design experience, I am prepared to deal with these surprises and will hustle to deliver the rewards as scheduled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter