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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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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.
Fidgi Spinz are not toys.
They are exquisitely and purposefully designed to take fidgeting to the next level of awesomeness. Unlike all the other spinners on the market, our line of fidget devices is UNIQUE, super cool looking and finally offers something for the more mature crowd to fidget with. Durable, quality, sophisticated, sexy... Fidgi Spinz fill part of the fidget marketplace that hasn't been tapped yet.
Our 5 therapeutic fidget devices are asymmetrical and are designed specifically to take all of your body's excess energy and distribute it into the movement of the Fidgi Spinz device through varying degrees of a repetitive and subtle side to side hand movement. No other spinner on the market is designed to actually be an outlet for excess or anxious movement, and THAT is what sets Fidgi Spinz products apart.
We have 5 fidget devices and 3 hand spinners, but for Kickstarter, we want to focus mostly on producing and distributing our 5 fidget devices to a wider market. We want to be able to produce more, distribute them to a wider audience (maybe on the Amazon marketplace), so that we can help more people. See, our products aren't toys. They have already been making a huge difference in the lives of the children and adults who use them. When you make a product that is able to help people, you just can't wait to broaden the access so that even more people can benefit! We have done focus groups with people with a huge range of abilities and ages (from 7 years to beyond retirement age!) and they are loved by everyone who takes a moment to try them out. We're not even exaggerating. They have literally become fixtures in the lives of the people who own them, and they have expressed such gratitude for finally having a product that helps.
The creators of Fidgi Spinz are Julie Randall and Wendy Hansen; two moms who are go-getters, self starters, dreamers, and nurturers. We started development on our product line in October of 2016, and we were the first line of these type of devices in our city (Red Deer, Alberta). We are two women who have humanities backgrounds in the special needs and children's industries, and we saw the need for these types of products well before the tri-spinner fad even hit. We both have son's with ADHD and began to notice that traditional classroom fidgets were either no longer effective or not "cool" enough to work throughout a school day. We were driven to fix this for our own children, and in doing so, we've helped so many other people. We're really proud of that.
We've kept everything local, and by local, we mean REALLY local. We have done it all ourselves, with the exception of outsourcing the metal laser cutting to a local company. We do the product conception and design, logo design, packaging, device manufacturing, and marketing, and we produce our fidget devices ourselves, ensuring quality and superb craftsmanship in each and every piece we produce. We take great pride in our fidget devices. It's time to think about fidget spinners in a new way. It's time for the public to truly experience what a REAL fidget spin device feels like, and how it can be soothing, calming and rewarding all at the same time!
We've had some extremely great feedback from totally satisfied customers, and our goal is to be able to reach even more people and make them just as thrilled with their fidget device, and that's where you, our Project Backers, come in!
Here are just a couple of our reviews:
"I've had it at work for a couple weeks and I find that it quietly helps me to concentrate on the tasks at hand. I find that it works much better than a stress ball and fits easily in one's pocket. The tower is asymmetrical and made from steel with a high quality, noiseless ball bearing. I take the Tower back and forth from work every day; I find myself missing it when it's not around. All in all, I'd definitely recommend one of the Fidgi Spinz products to aid concentration!" -- Ian from Montana
"Fidgi Spinz is the [product] for all who like to be moving and doing something at all times. This small but unique [spinner] is very interesting and dynamic; well crafted, durable and ideal for those who suffer from social anxiety. Just pull out your Fidgi Spinz and spin away!" -- Rick from Alberta
"Spins nicely. Beautiful design. Easy to use even with smaller hands.
I liked the Starburst so much I had to order this one also [the Big Daddy] because it has more weight. You can put metal balls in the holes for extra weight and imbalance to make it more easy to spin. The material and hexagonal design also pleases me." -- Mika from Finland
"I absolutely adore my Fidgi Spinz. As soon as they arrived I found them almost impossible to put down. I work in the tech world and appreciate quality machines and fine tools. My Fidgi Spinz totally feed that appreciation; they feel like finely machined gears and parts from some wonderful mysterious machine, or like precision tools designed for some specific and esoteric purpose. I love their weight, they feel so solid and "seriously playful", and the weight feels great when they are spinning. It's clear that a lot of thought went into the design of these spinners.
The Flyer and the Propeller were as much fun as expected, but what I was most surprised by was how much I enjoyed the Tower. There is something very satisfying about having to keep it going, and I love it's asymmetrical shape. Very pleasing in the hand." -- Luca from Ontario
"Hi there! I recently received my crown in the mail in Nelson just over a week ago, I loved it! So fun! I really liked that the more I used it the faster I could spin it, and how It kept me attentive by having to continuously spin it." -- Dean from British Columbia
"Took a while to get to me, but absolutely worth the wait!!! Great craftsmanship, weight, and balance in this spinner. I absolutely love it!!!!" -- Ricardo from Michigan
So as you can see, we're onto something really great here, and we just have so many positive comments, that we have decided to do this Kickstarter campaign, so that we can reach more people. Help us get a jump start in Kickstarter!
Julie and Wendy, Co-Founders of Fidgi Spinz
Risks and challenges
We went through an extensive and often frustrating prototyping period for each of the designs we created. We used many different materials, and had many fails before coming up with what worked exactly right. The major challenges we encountered were figuring out what materials we could use most affordably and effectively to create a stellar product line, and to perfect the designs we wanted to bring to market. We also went through extensive and ongoing product testing to determine what capping system worked the best for our devices.
By far, the biggest challenge we have had to deal with is the rise of the hand spinner fad (which hit approximately 3 months after our fidget line was on the market). People are now confusing our therapeutic fidget spin devices with the ubiquitous hand spinners on the market. They think our asymetrically designed devices are in the same category as hand spinners but they most certainly are not. Ours are operated differently and continuously, making sure the user's actual systemic need for movement is fulfilled. Our line of products doesn't distract, it HELPS.
Some people will do anything for a hug and we're sure glad you did! We know you love hugs and we do too. This one's special; it comes with an update on how things are going back here at Fidgi Spinz Headquarters.
It is amazing that you just pledged this amount, and we really appreciate it! Your reward is a Rocket Fidgi Spinz! This one is for serious fidgeters, you are going to adore it! Do you have any idea how fabulous you are? Thank you!
Love is in the air because you just got yourself a Big Daddy Fidgi Spinz. There's almost nothing better than this lil' dude sitting in your pocket, ready in wait for when you need it the most. We really appreciate you backing our expansion project!
Congratulations! You've just gotten yourself our HOTTEST Fidgi Spinz, The Propeller, and at quite a bargain! One of our most self-regulating devices, this is a pure joy to use. Plus, you can feel awesome about your choice to back us. Thank you!
Ahhh, the Flyer Fidgi Spinz. Excellent selection. It has been described as exquisite and perfectly balanced, and in a little while, you'll be enjoying it in your hands! Thank you so much for your backing pledge!
There's no mistaking it, you've just gone over and above. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you have truly made a big dent in our fundraising goal, which means so many more people will benefit. You are about to receive the best package in the mail that you could ever wish for.. one of each of our collection. You've just scored The Crown, The Tower, The Windmill, The Starburst, The Rocket, The Big Daddy, The Propeller AND The Flyer. Keep them all for yourself or just keep your favorite and gift the others to your dearest family and friends.