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.
What is smart about LYD?
SAFETY: LYD protects your dog against theft due to an integrated combination lock. You need the numerical code to unlock the mechanism that unleashes the dog. The leash as well as the collar are with full wire reinforcement, thus making it impossible to cut.
SIMPLICITY: LYD is easy and fast to use, without any complicated settings or buttons. You can quickly lock and unlock your dog. Your dog will be happy about it!
PRACTICALITY: LYD combines three different functions. First, you can lock and unlock your dog. Second, you can walk the dog with the leash. Third, you can walk the dog without the leash (only with the collar). You can use the leash and the collar separately. LYD is all you need.
VERSATILITY: LYD works with almost every dog, no matter whether small or tall, stout or slim. Therefore, you can use it for different dogs or lend it to a friend. Our product is resources-conserving and environmentally acceptable.
FURTHER FEATURES: All materials used (lock, collar and leash) are cut-proof and weather-proof. LYD is lightweight for better wearing comfort. Our intention was to create a product that will not interfere with the dog’s natural movements.
We love dogs. Since Hannibal our little pug became part of our family we were afraid of leaving him outside and unprotected. So, we asked ourselves how to protect him from being stolen. Unreasonable fear? In Germany more than 40,000 dogs get stolen every year! Sadly this has happened to one of our friends. We were shocked! We started looking for a way to protect our own dog. Unfortunately, it hadn’t been invented at that stage. That’s how our idea was born.
It was a big challange for us to develop a product that combines all essential features into one. However, no pain, no gain. After more than two years we achieved our goal. The first LYD prototype was constructed. We protected our idea by a patent. Now, we need your support.
Lock Your Dog team includes Børge, Daniela & Remigius. Not to forget Hannibal, the reason why LYD was born.
Lock Your Dog is not our profession but our passion! However, our professional background helps us to lead this project to success.
Børge Heesemann, Executive Producer, budget controlling, international marketing
Remigius Bunia, Mathematician (Prof. Dr.), legal issues, IT development
Hannibal, 5 years old pug, dog communications, on-road test
Two years ago LYD started as an idea. Now it has developed into a working prototype that combined three different features in one. We have already gone through multiple stages of development: our initial concept to create a lockable leash that protects dogs through a combination lock; many sketches to work out LYD’s innovative technology for the patent application; many more sketches to work out a design that offers both maximum security and wearing comfort;
a LYD proof was created to test our concept; then our first prototype was developed to reproduce the actual technique; afterwards a second prototype was developed to improve the functionality; and now as we prepare for mass production we want to construct a series of prototypes to optimise the interplay of design and functionality. From this series we will select our final prototype for the following mass production.
We already cooperate with a manufacturer who will help us bring LYD to life. Of course we still have plenty of steps ahead of us before LYD is ready for the mass market and that first step is crowdfunding. Once we meet our crowdfunding goal we will have the means to further perfect LYD and run our first series of LYD for initial manufacturing and customer feedback purposes.
Finally, we will be able to fulfill your pre-orders and reward your support.
As the development of LYD has grown in the last two years, so has our belief and confidence that our final product is well on its way and can one day protect our dogs and hearts from theft!
Why we need you
We need your help in raising funds to launch the production. Specifically, we need your support to improve the prototype and to start mass production. The funds will be used to purchase materials, to pay for tooling costs and to manufacture Lock Your Dog’s first samples.
Help us to bring our product on to the market and protect Hannibal and all other dogs!
Why € 70,000?
We have compared the offers of a broad range of manufacturers and selected a manufacturer that can produce more samples and also enter into mass production at very reasonable costs. To fund further development and a first line of fully functional samples, we need € 41,000. This includes new individually crafted prototypes; each of them will cost € 2,250. The campaign itself requires € 12,500 (taxes and Kickstarter fees). We expect we only need very few new prototypes. However, if it turns out that we should work more on the design and the functionality than expected, we shall be able to cover unforeseen expenses. We therefore allocate the amount of € 8,500 for risk mitigation (this includes failed Kickstarter payments). Last not least we have to cover the costs of the daily business operations and the Kickstarter rewards (€ 8,000).
Facts about LYD
Lock material: custom-built synthetic; size: L0.9cm x W0.5cm x H0.21cm; colour: metallic black
Leash material: Aramid (cut-proof) with full wire reinforcement; size: 2m; colour: black-white, laid-rope design
Collar material: Aramid (cut-proof) with full wire reinforcement; size: max. circumference of 61cm; colour: black
Total weight: 130g (collar: 44g)
GPS / App integration
We greatly appreciate your support and are excited to get Lock Your Dog in the hands of our backers!
Have a question or a suggestion? We would love to hear from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to our engineers, who have been responsible for developing the first prototypes and making sure it meets the highest performance levels.
Risks and challenges
Unfortunately, no product can be absolutely thief-proof. It’s comparable to a bike lock. Of course there remains a certain amount of risk. Our intention is to make it as difficult as possible to steal your dog. However, we recommend our customers to lock their dog only for a short period of time. That will make your dog happy!
DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURING:
During pre-production our prototypes are rigorously tested by our engineering and manufacturing experts in order to create an optimal final product. However, we are aware that LYD may face additional changes to meet manufacturing requirements. In addition to keep our backers up to date, we will make sure any changes made during manufacturing stick to our original design intentions and satisfy our supporters.
Manufacturing a product is complex and involves many people, parts and tools depending on each other to keep things running smoothly. If one thing doesn’t go as planned it can lead to any number of disruptions along the production line and result in delays. If anything comes up along the way we promise to deal with it and keep you informed of any changes.
WE BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE IT!
We have done our best to minimise the risks and challenges for this project. We have taken a couple of strategic actions to ensure that we will meet our timeline. We chose manufacturing and partners based nearby to make it easier to oversee production, ensuring quality and on-time fulfillment. We have built up a strong network of experts in engineering, designing, manufacturing and distribution. All of them are on standby.
We chose to hold back our initial launch. Companies often launch after only one round of prototyping. We want to wait until we have a product that is ready for final production. This reduces the likelihood of last minute changes that cause delays in production. However, we realise creating a new product is a highly complicated process, but we are ready for any challenges that may pop up along the way. Most importantly, we are committed to open communication. Our supporters will be the first to know if anything comes along that may affect our timeline. Moreover, we are committed to being honest and transparent should any problems or delays occur along the way. We promise our complete dedication to bringing LYD into production and into our backers as well as our own homes!
SUPER EARLY BIRD: Be among the first who experiences LYD! The first 100 backers will be able to pre-order LYD from the first factory run at this fantastic price. Suggested retail price: 129,95€. Worldwide free shipping.
Custom LYD leash: One custom LYD leash of your choice handcrafted by ourself. We’ll meet in person or confer by video call (depending on distance) to design your leash together. Worldwide free shipping.