About this project
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Tearing is Sharing: When you need to share files on-the-go, simply tear off a tab from the Gigs 2 Go pack. Each tab is a tiny thumb drive. Because Gigs 2 Go is inexpensive and made from recycled materials, you can feel comfortable leaving a tab with a friend or colleague. And you've still got more tabs, ready when you need them.
It's Made of Recycled Paper: The molded paper pulp enclosure is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. It's renewable, biodegradable, lightweight, cheap, and durable enough to ensure that each tab should last for many uses.
We have been using molded paper pulp in packaging projects for a while, and were impressed with the low cost and design flexibility. This seemed like a great opportunity to upcycle the material into a tech product enclosure. And the ability to perforate and tear the material makes it a natural choice for a tear-off thumb drive concept.
An Easier Way to Share: As product designers, we frequently run into problems sharing presentation and CAD files with clients. Because they often have firewalls, or might not be tech savvy, cloud sharing isn't always the best option. Burning DVDs is slow and impractical. And no one wants to leave behind their trusty (and pricey) 64GB thumb drive. We saw a need for a smaller pack of drives that could be shared and even left behind with the client.
Testing the Idea: To share the idea, we made a few early prototypes with handmade paper. The response and feedback we got was overwhelming. Photographers told us they would love a product like this to share photo sets with their clients. Sales people thought it would be a great, environmentally friendly way to share brochures and catalogs. And of course, our fellow designers thought it would make client interaction easier.
Gigs 2 Go is Loaded with Sophisticated Technology: Each tab is loaded with a chip-on-board (COB) flash memory stick. This type of memory is way more rugged than traditional USB memory. It's waterproof and shockproof, so you won't need a cap. And it's much smaller and thinner than typical thumb drives, so we're able to keep Gigs 2 Go down to about the size of a credit card.
COB memory is so thin, in fact, that it needs a tiny plastic tray to ensure that it fits properly in your USB slot. We wanted to keep plastic to a minimum in Gigs 2 Go, and use only recycled materials. So we developed an extremely small tray for the COB, made entirely of recycled plastic. The tray also helps hold the COB in its paper enclosure.
Ready for Production: In the initial design stages of this project we have been approached by several manufacturers who wanted to work with us in making Gigs 2 Go a reality. After a thorough evaluation we have chosen CustomUSB, a Chicago-based custom flash drive manufacturer who makes custom products for Harley-Davidson, Mattel, and HBO. Together, we've tested several rounds of prototypes, perfected the paper pulp enclosure to make sure it is durable and the tabs tear properly, and that the electronics are robust and secure. The design is finalized and we are ready to begin production.
CustomUSB will be our exclusive manufacturing and distribution partner and will be responsible for production, customization, and preloading of digital content. Being the first US company to start making customized USB drives more than 10 years ago, we are confident in their ability to deliver a superb product on time.
We Need Your Help: The prototypes look and perform great. But we need to raise $14,000 to pay for production tooling and buy the first order of Gigs 2 Go packs. As a backer of Gigs 2 Go, not only do you have access to one of the first production Gigs 2 Go packs, you will also be helping us launch a new business, focused on connecting people with sustainable technology. Thank you so much for your support.
Which Gigs 2 Go is Right For Your Needs?
The Socialite: Perfect for sharing music, movies, or other media with friends and family.
The Creative: Ideal for creative professionals, engineers, artists, and designers who need to share large files with clients and colleagues.
The Photographer: When you need to share a lot of large files fast, this is the Gigs 2 Go for you.
The Diplomat: HD Videos, large software applications, you name it: it fits on the NEW Diplomat pack. This is the largest capacity Gigs 2 Go and the biggest bang for your buck.
Business Time: Put on your business socks: this is the pledge for consultants, sales, and marketing pros that want to send a message to their clients and customers. You get 5 Gigs 2 Go packs in our highest capacity. We'll customize the packs with your name or logo, and we'll even preload your files onto the drives, if that's what you're into.
Customize Gigs 2 Go With Your Logo: We can now offer to all of our Kickstarter backers the option to customize Gigs 2 Go with your logo, name, or website. Just add $10 to your pledge amount. We can add your logo to the pack as well as the individual tabs.
NEW Stretch Goal: Double Storage Capacity for Every Backer! One of our goals all along with Gigs 2 Go is to make the flash drives affordable enough for you to share them. One way to reduce our costs is to increase the quantity we purchase. We've crunched the numbers, and we will be able to double the capacity of every Gigs 2 Go reward if we reach $25K in funding. The more money we raise, the more we can give back to our backers. Thanks for your support and for making this goal possible!
Risks and challenges
Our production level prototypes have proven the design works beautifully - the molded/recycled paper is the perfect material. However as we move into volume production we'll have to keep a keen eye on maintaining consistency of the paper content. And we'll be working closely with our manufacturing partner to maintain quality control of the electronic chip and provide excellent turn around on orders - all tasks we know they can handle since they've been doing so successfully with other USB drives for years. We also want to make sure the package/shipping of the product is as environmentally conscious as the product itself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Gigs 2 Go tabs are designed to be shared over and over and over again. Each tab contains COB memory that's shockproof and waterproof. That's why they don't need a cap. And the molded paper pulp enclosure is very durable. The pulp is compressed and molded at a high pressure, resulting in a rugged, long lasting material.
When the Gigs 2 Go tabs have reached the end of their useful life, the molded paper enclosure can be torn off and composted. The interior contents can be separated (they are not glued together) and recycled. Unlike typical plastic flash drives, which are impossible to disassemble, the Gigs 2 Go lifecycle has been designed conscientiously.
But let's face it - many thumb drives end up in the landfill. That's why we have dematerialized Gigs 2 Go down to a minimum of non-renewable materials. Gigs 2 Go is more than 75% biodegradable.
Kickstarter has asked us to limit our backer levels to quantities of one or 5 packs. If you have any special requests, don't hesitate to send us a message and we'll see if we can work something out.
Yes! Due to popular demand, we are offering the ability to customize ANY Gigs 2 Go reward. Simply add $10 to your pledge amount. Instructions for changing your pledge: http://kck.st/1chTxHx
We will collect your logo files at the end of the campaign.
We are using USB 2.0 Chip-On-Board memory. You can see the speed test results here: http://kck.st/1idYlS6
You can find hi-res photos, a press release, and other goodies for bloggers here: http://gigs2goUSB.com/press-kit.html
We expect the starting retail price for Gigs 2 Go to be similar to our backer levels.
If our campaign is successful, and we are able to increase the quantities of production, we expect the costs to come down. And we also expect we will be able to offer discounts for whole-sale, promotional, and large quantity orders. Our goal is to eventually get the price below $1 / GB.
If you choose the Business Time backer level, you can have your files pre-loaded to the drives. Otherwise, you simply tear off a tab, load the files, and share!
We posted an update here with exact dimensions: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1810233668/gigs-2-go-tear-and-share-thumb-drive-pack-in-recyc/posts/703156
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