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.
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Blok directly originates from high-tech professional shielded boxes, made to protect and shield people and special devices in laboratories, hospitals, army, and specific technology manufactories.
We took that patented technology and we integrated it with the excellence of Italian design, but we also added a powerful power bank to create the first high performing consumer accessory, for everyone, the only one which offers even two functions: SAFE and LOCK. We do have two versions Solid Aluminium and Thermoplastic, kind a hi-shielding PVC. both has the same performances.
Blok was designed specifically for mass production, in order to cut the costs and allow everyone to be 100% protected. Blok also protects your devices from radiation.
The high performance products so far on the market has been extremely expensive (500$ to 1000$) and unsightly. Blok costs up to 70% less than those and it’s a beautiful minimalist object that can easily fit in every context and décor.
Other products on the consumers’ market declare a 99% efficiency. To us, that equals to no protection. In fact, only rigid cases with special lock systems guarantee complete shielding. To enhance the performance of Blok, our gaskets are made by materials specifically designed for aviation products.
Blok comes across as pleasant to the eye, but it uses a 100% effective system to battle the damages of electromagnetic radiations and to counteract the risks of violation of one’s privacy.
It comes in various colors, two sizes and with a tailored, high quality power bank within itself (5000/30000 mAh) that lets you charge your devices even when they are inside Blok.
In order to perfectly reconcile Blok’s pleasant appearance and its multifunctional technology, we had to carry out a large number of studies in electromagnetic engineering and physics and run numerous tests.
Blok is indeed the first product that lets you choose when you want to shield your devices only partially and when to do it completely, thanks to our patented systems: no other product available on the market can equal Blok.
This is why Blok is the gadget everyone should possess, even if you don’t think you are at risk: it still remains a pleasant waterproof case that can securely lock use as a container for your valuable objects.
Blok comes in two sizes: myBlok, a small and portable version that you can always take with you, and homeBlok, perfect for your house and your office.
Blok’s design combines the sense of serenity of the sphere with the performing shape of a rectangle. The handles, essential to the product’s functioning, became, too, part and parcel of the ensemble’s style.
Blok’s great feature is that, in the end, it allows you to choose freely when you wish to shield yourself from damaging radiations and/or select the moments you prefer to keep private, giving you the serenity of having a trusted ally by your side.
And when you’re not using it, you can take that time to recharge the power bank, while it remains a cool and fancy addition to your everyday life.
As we said, myBlok and homeBlok are also provided with a lock that prevents anyone from taking the devices inside Blok without your consent.
Blok utilizes a sophisticated and extremely effective system to create an electromagnetic field that 100% isolates all kinds of signal and at the same time it stops every communication system from penetrating the case, from GSM network (cellphone range) to Wi-Fi.
Block™ was tested in an Anechoic chamber through an apparatus sensible to a band from few tens of MHz up to 6 GHz in the certified labs of Eurotest Laboratori (Padova, Italy).
The test followed three steps:
All tests were made comparing the RF emission between when Block™ is open (i.e. no shielding) and with Block™ closed, with the devices inside it.
The antenna of the apparatus was about a couple of meters from the devices; along the vertical axis the antenna spanned about three meters in order to measure the signal from many angles. It could also make a complete 360 rotation on its own axis in order to measure the signal at every possible polarization.
Our team proudly includes five young professionals and a more mature one, who is expertly in charge of the production chain. Our leader has a solid background in International Studies and Economics, while the technical supervisor, with a degree in physics represents a great partner for the technological experimentation and attentive testing process. The campaign manager has a solid experience in project coordination and research on criminal phenomena and violence against women, while the design supervisor already has a history of brilliant collaborations with institutions and companies and the communication supervisor can count on some solid expertise build through past experiences.
For our research, tests and other key elements of the project we built successful partnerships with freelancers, graphic design studies and other professionals.
Feel free to contact us about anything that regards Blok. Questions and feedbacks are always welcome: reach us here on Kickstarter with a comment or a message.
Risks and challenges
As you can see, we developed many working prototypes before engaging in the Kickstarter campaign. It hasn’t been easy, but our partnership with an excellent design and engeneering team bore its fruits. Blok’s design follows both style and production requirements: we thought of it as a pleasing object, but having in mind a mass production plan.
The production chain is all set up and ready to fulfill the request coming from the Kickstarter campaign: the only thing missing is your support.
Help us bring Blok to life through the last step: manufacturing. We are confident in our planning and we grant transparency in our updates about the production and shipping process and its eventual problems and delays.