About this project
Stikey is a portable, magnetic stand for smartphones (android, iOS & windows) that works equally well on portrait and landscape orientation.
Stikey tidies up your cables and prevents them from getting tangled and damaged when carrying them around.
It is designed to always be with you by easily attaching to your keys.
Stikey comes complete with its packaging which is a magnetic mount in disguise!
The magnetic mount is conveniently incorporated in the packaging as its base.
It adds more mounting possibilities for your smartphone, for Stikey, or your keys.
Stikey has a built-in magnet that securely attaches to the small and thin metal tab positioned on the back of your phone or case.
Every Stikey will be delivered complete with its packaging.
Early birds and Stikey + 1 incorporate 1 magnetic wall mount with an extra adhesive tape.You also get 1 stainless steel tab with a tab positioning guide and 1 easy access keyring.
Stikey + 2 has a slightly different packaging, incorporating 2 wall mounts and has 1 extra tab (2 in total).
Extra wall mounts and tabs can be added in all pledges by adding £3 for each extra wall mount and £1 for one extra metal tab.
We want Stikey to reach as many people as possible so we have decided to give all of our backers free shipping, asking only for one thing in return: help us out with the campaign by spreading the word by pressing the "share this project button".
As soon as we reach £14.000, all backers will have the option to choose their Stikey to be in two different colors, mix and matching from all 6 available colors! Check the picture below to get an idea and follow the link https://bitly.com/1bUjn7t to see close ups from the possible color combinations!
Stikey is made from polyurethane and has a matte finish similar to that of hard rubber. There is a built in neodymium magnet, that helps Stikey to securely attach on the stainless steel tab on the back of the smartphone or case.
The innovative packaging comprises of the magnetic wall mount which acts as its base and the rest is recyclable cardboard. This ensures minimum waste.
The metal tab is laser cut with rounded corners and is 0.8mm thick. It is attached with a 0.2mm thin 3M VHB tape that has a very strong bond and is made to be taken off without leaving any residue behind. The tape works on many materials, as long as they are flat, so you can even stick the tab on the case instead of the smartphone.
MORE CREATIVE USES...
Stikey works with iPad mini and other similar tablets on landscape orientation. Ideal for typing and watching movies!
The magnetic mount works in your car as well!
IDEA & DEVELOPMENT
We developed Stikey in order to enhance our smartphone experience and add the element of versatility in the way we use them. Another important aspect of our design approach was portability. We wanted users to have Stikey with them at all times in order for them to benefit from its features whenever needed.
We have analysed different user profiles and developed several concept designs.
From the initial concepts we moved on early prototypes which we tested with users for functionality and form.
Finally we ended end up with the final models.
In order to offer a complete product to our backers we decided to design the packaging. We believe that product packaging should not be an afterthought and treated as potential waste, so it was designed with the goal to bring extra functionality to the product and value to the user.
Throughout the development we have met and discussed our designs with various manufacturers in Greece and in the UK. After we agreed on the timeframes and related costs, we selected the production plant that the final product will be produced.
Our decision was based on 3 factors:
- Production capability for the required volume
- Production track record and high quality product samples
- Close proximity and easy access location, in order to supervise the process closely and avoid any delays caused by long distance production
We strived to absorb as much of the cost for the development and manufacture of Stikey as possible. Therefore, the funds from our backers will go to:
- £5000 for materials and production costs of the first 1000 Stikeys.
- £7000 for the production of the required molds for the injection molding process.
dcubed is a new product design studio with the aim to transform clever ideas into practical and fun products. The team behind Stikey is Meletis, Ilias and Liban. Combining our different backgrounds in product design, engineering and management we have brought to dcubed the necessary skills in order to meet our passion for developing exciting products.
There are a lot of friends that helped us out throughout the process, and we would not have done it without them.
Special thanks goes to Leonidas Konstantarakos, Marea Damkalidi and Iason Arvanitakis for the exceptional work they did with our video and photos.
Finally we want to thank spiti bar and taf53 for allowing us to film on their locations and 3D Solidforms for our 3D prints.
Music: "Something Elated" by Broke For Free licensed under CC BY 3.0
a few words on magnetism...
The storage technology on smartphones and USB sticks, that you may have on your keys, does not include any moving parts therefore cannot be affected by magnetic force.
The only thing which is temporarily affected from our magnet is your smartphones digital compass when Stikey is attached to your smartphone and used as a stand. But using the compass while having your phone on a stand is improbable.
As far as navigation is concerned it does not require the compass to work, position and direction is calculated while moving through the signals sent back and forth between the smartphone and a satellite in space.
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Risks and challenges
We carried out and agreed a detailed production and delivery plan with the selected manufacturing unit. (tooling 7-9 weeks, production capability 2k Stikeys within 3 weeks). In that way we tried to ensure that we will be able to stick with our schedule and make our backers happy.
We are more than confident that the final product will exceed expectation as far as quality and function is concerned. We have carried out a detailed production and delivery plan for Stikey and are committed to stick to it and send out rewards a.s.a.p. But in the development of a new product a minor unpredicted issue might cause delays, we have worked hard to narrow down these possibilities as much as possible. We prefer to ship the best product possible later, than an inferior one sooner. In any case, we will be in contact with our backers throughout the production process, letting them know exactly how the process goes.
We are also waiting for backers questions and comments throughout the manufacturing process of Stikey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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