About this project
"I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it"-Thomas Edison
Mirroring Edison's philosophy, I saw a need-preventing the frequent loss of eyeglass screws. So I invented an "easier" approach for people who depend on their eye wear daily, like me, to avoid the tedious task of ever having to replace a lost screw.
STOP IT, BEFORE IT HAPPENS!
Carry this completely redesigned repair kit, and you will be able to make immediate "on the spot" repairs, virtually anytime or anywhere.
Below are the E-SEE-ER options offered for backing.
What makes It "easier" and the most portable eyeglass repair kit in the world?
Is its ability to be inconspicuously attached to a variety of every day carry items-so it's always with you. See some examples below.
15+ Cards, + cash and lens cleaning products of choice
Italian Leather, High-Quality Elastic Pockets- 3 (including an elastic iPhone band, which can also hold cards)
Manufactured in the USA
Broken Glasses - 102
Do you depend on glasses of any kind for daily use that are held together by screws? If so, what if that screw became loosen, or even fell out entirely while at work, school, a movie, a concert, the beach, on vacation or even at home? Would you have the ability to make a quick and easy repair, saving you time and the inconvenience of not having your much needed eye wear?
If not, finally you can! The ability to make repairs to your eye wear virtually anytime-anywhere is here, with the E-see-er. Because you don't know where you're going to be, not if, but when a screw began to loosen, and how much time you have before it's too late.
Unlike traditional repair kits, the ergonomically designed, Patent Pending E-see-er is a self-contained-locking kit with secured screws, which greatly improves portability, easy access and use. Additionally, its unique minimalist design allows it to be inconspicuously attached to a variety of every day use items (i.e. key rings, flash drives, utility clips, lanyards, etc).
Three sizes of replacement screws, which remain secure unless needed for replacement(s). No more trying to remove the screwdriver from its container, while at the same time, struggling to keep the screws and other items inside. If needed, additional screws can be purchased wherever eyeglass accessories are sold.
The screwdriver is designed to accommodate both flat head and Phillips screws and is also magnetized. This allows for better handling and manipulation of the screws during replacements.
The exterior surface is textured and ergonomically designed in a knob-like fashion to enhance handling and use. This would be most helpful with individuals experiencing tactile and fine motor deficits.
Silk letter printing (maximum of 6 letters on each side)
Product Origin and Inspiration
The idea for the E-see-er was born out of frustration. While on vacation at the beach, I noticed that one of the screws in my sunglasses had loosened and within seconds came out completely. There I was with no other glasses and with no way to repair them. It wasn't that I didn't own a repair kit; it was that the repair kit was where I was not - at home. At that very moment, I began to wonder why it was that my sunglasses/glasses never seem to need tightening until I'm nowhere near my repair kit... Could anyone else be having this problem too?
A few months passed and the annoyance of losing out on the use of my sunglasses was forgotten. However, one day while standing in line at a local retail store, I noticed a customer purchasing a lanyard and an eye-wear repair kit. This was when it hit me. The two items separately served two distinct purposes but what if combined they could function as one?
Over the next couple of years I toyed with the idea of how I could merge the lanyard and the repair kit into an aesthetically pleasing yet fully functional unit. My first attempts at bringing the concept to life was by making numerous rough sketches and then finally hiring an artist to provide more detailed drawings.
Through an acquaintance I was introduced to a former Executive of Magnivision, the reading glass company. He graciously agreed to review my newly polished drawings. Although no longer involved in the eye-wear industry, he was enthusiastic about my idea. He proceeded to assist me through the process of attaining a functionally sound prototype. At this point I was excited because my concept was not just in my head or on paper but in the hand where others could physically experience its usefulness.
Why The E-see-er Is A Must-Have
It is estimated that more than 150 million Americans purchase some form of eye wear each year. This means that there are a lot of people who need eye wear and depend on its reliability. These statistics make it clear that owning the E-see-er is NOT an impulse purchase, but a smart investment for the future.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Since the production of the prototype, it has taken me several years of research, problem solving, and redesigning before being satisfied with a product worthy enough to go into final production. I have communicated with numerous manufacturing companies that specialize in injection molding. This is a process by which material is injected into a mold to produce parts. I have painstakingly narrowed it down to two. Some of the factors influencing my decision were their manufacturing quality, attention to detail, shorter lead time, secondary processing and assembly as well as a history of meeting their production schedule.
The support team, which includes Ryan Williamson, Business Owner/ Marketing Specialist, Bob Levy, Product Designer/Draftsman, Adam Brown, Videographer, Brittany Obando, 3D Graphic Artist and Hassan Ahmed, Design Engineer. Each individual has provided a skill that was paramount during the pre manufacturing process, and will continue to provide those skills during the post manufacturing process as well.
Hassan, the Design Engineer/Project Manager, specializes in tooling and injection molding. He and I will be responsible for inspecting all pre-production samples, and recommending any necessary changes to ensure that the E-see-er meets the highest quality standards prior to its final production.
The current pre-production prototype that showcases the uniqueness of the E-see-er's functionality is featured in our photos and video. In our video we present a few creative directions that can be taken regarding the exterior of the product. This in no way changes the functionality of the E-see-er. Although at this time I would love to offer many exterior shapes/designs, I chose to stick with a neutral design that could be manufactured to the highest quality while still remaining "price-friendly". However, I have still been able to offer several color options.
The E-see-er is ready to be manufactured. If funded, we can manufacture as many as 10,000 units before having to use a new mold. We are very capable of meeting the requests of our backers - we just need your support to get started!
Once funding has been received it will take approximately 30-45 days for the manufacturer to build the production mold, ship samples to us for inspection and approval. Once we are satisfied with the quality of the work and approve the samples, it will take an additional 30-45 days for manufacturing, assembly, packing and shipping to the U.S.
Additionally, to keep backers in the loop, they will be able to monitor, through weekly updates, the manufacturing process from mold production to the final shipment from the manufacturer at E-see-er.com. The site is currently under construction, but will go live once manufacturing begins.
Once the manufacturer has completed a final inspection of the product, they will be shipped directly to my team and me. At that point, we will review each item once again for quality assurance. Finally, the orders will be packaged with the greatest of care and shipped to our customers.
The Future of the E-see-er - Why We Need You
In the future, the E-see-er’s functionality will remain the same. However, the design of its exterior can be customized in many ways. As a consumer you have the power to influence retailers by letting them know what you want to see offered in their stores.
Again, I need your help in backing this project not just financially, but as an advocate and a creative source. There are so many fun and creative designs and logos that could complement the E-see-er’s functionality. For example, if you have a favorite team, cartoon character, country or sport etc. that you would love to see represented, please let me know via the comment section.
Thank you, for your patronage, voice and taking the time to lend me your creative juices as well!
Risks and challenges
The potential for problems is always a possibility when manufacturing is involved. The one main issue, if it were to occur, would be a major production delay resulting from the manufacturer and/or their suppliers. With this in mind, we have secured more than one manufacturing source and ensured after production of the mold tooling (what creates the product), we own it.
Our primary manufacturer is located off-shore and has a long successful relationship with our Project Manager. Because of this relationship we do not anticipate any manufacturing problems. However, I want to assure our backers that if there were any issues that would significantly slow down or stop production, we've got it covered.
Our secondary manufacturer is based locally here in Florida. They have been provided all of the pre/post-production specifications, so that upon receipt of the mold tooling in approximately 1-2 weeks after finalizing the manufacturing change, production can resume with little to no affect on the delivery date.
Additionally, the project manager or I will be in constant communication with the factory during the entire manufacturing process. If for any reason we anticipate a delay more than 15 days beyond our projected delivery date, I will immediately notify you by posting an update on the dedicated site, E-see-er.com.
Respectfully, I feel I have assembled a great team of individuals and manufacturers who are not only excellent at what they do, but who are really passionate about the product and anxious to see the E-see-er reach its highest potential.
As a consumer, I understand that anticipating the arrival of your order can be frustrating. My team and I will make every effort to ensure that the product that you are backing will not only be received in a timely manner but will exceed your expectations.
My aspiration is to earn your trust and respect by delivering a quality product today so that you won't be stranded without the use of your eye wear like I was over 17 years ago.
Thank you for your time and support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Support this project
- (33 days)