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Last updated April 23, 2019

Phone Floaty: Make Your Smartphone Float

Get your waterproof smart phone to float in case you accidentally drop it in water. We have created a lifejacket for your phone.

Phone Floaty: Make Your Smartphone Float

Get your waterproof smart phone to float in case you accidentally drop it in water. We have created a lifejacket for your phone.

AU$ 662
pledged of AU$ 25,000pledged of AU$ 25,000 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 12 2018 10:56 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 23, 2019

What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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About

Waterproof Smartphones that can float? Yes that is what we said... In the market today all of the leading smartphones are either water resistant or claim to be waterproof whilst submersed in water, but still none of the latest and greatest smartphones float. For people who live their lives on or around the water this is a problem. 

The Phone Floaty solves this problem in the simplest way possible. Similar to putting a lifejacket onto a child who can't swim, we have designed the Phone Floaty to be the life jacket to our smartphones who can't swim.

Maybe you spend your weekends on the water wake boarding, surfing, swimming, fishing or just being out in the boat.

Maybe you spend your whole life on the water, working as a Fisherman, a Charter Boat Skipper, a Dive Instructor or a Marine Mechanic.

Or

Maybe you have small children who love to steal your phone and take photos of silly things whilst near the pool or around the water.

Which ever situation you are in the Phone Floaty has now given you peace of mind, without making you and your smart phone look ridiculous.

The Phone Floaty Doesn't Interfere With Your Selfie Time.
The Phone Floaty Doesn't Interfere With Your Selfie Time.

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Phone Floaty Rewards
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THE MATERIAL 

We have used a material which contains the highest buoyancy per mm3 we could find, that still held its shape and structural integrity.

DIFFERENT MODELS

In the market today most of the top tier smart phones are water resistant or water proof.

See below a link to each of the phone models and their makers water resistant/waterproof specifications
See below a link to each of the phone models and their makers water resistant/waterproof specifications

Apple water resistant specifications - Blog, Maker Specifications

Samsung S8 - Maker Specifications - Youtube

Samsung S9 - Maker Specifications 

You can choose from the following models for your Phone Floaty.

Apple: Iphone 7, 7plus, 8, 8plus & Iphone X

Samsung: S8 & S9

OUR BUOYANCY/FUNCTION TESTS

We started with how well the phone will float in salt or sea water, it worked.

Phone Floaty floating the Iphone X in salt water.
Phone Floaty floating the Iphone X in salt water.



Then we moved to the less dense fresh water, it also worked.

The Phone Floaty Will Float In Both Salt & Fresh Water
The Phone Floaty Will Float In Both Salt & Fresh Water

We wanted to see what functionality the Iphone X had when floating with a Phone Floaty attached. So we tested 'find my Iphone' with an Iphone X floating around in the water. IT WORKED!

This means the GPS signal will still be connected whilst submersed in water and so will the cellular signal, so long as you are within range.

We also found that if your phone goes more than 10cm underwater you will lose these functions almost immediately. 

THE PHONE FLOATY PACKAGE

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Through testing and research we found that most people don't want to stick a Phone Floaty to the back of their phone directly, more so they want to stick it to a case that they can easily take on and off. 

See Phone Floaty being stuck to the back of supplied Phone Floaty case
See Phone Floaty being stuck to the back of supplied Phone Floaty case

From this we have included the following in the package of your Phone Floaty purchase.

  • The Phone Floaty (Floatation Device)
  • 3M double sided adhesive (Pre Attached To The Phone Floaty)
  • A black Phone Floaty smart phone case to use with your Floaty.
  • A cleaning wipe, so you can get the surface clean before applying the 3M.
Holds strong as can be and fits comfortably into your hand.
Holds strong as can be and fits comfortably into your hand.

THE STORY

I grew up a living quite literally on the water. If I wasn't wake boarding before and after school I was racing around in my dinghy. It wasn't long before I got a phone in my early teenage years and that is where something began happening that still hasn't stopped. The water damaged phone, or the lost phone as a result of dropping it in the water.

I know first hand that being on the water in our day involves you having your phone on you. Whether it is for safety reasons in case of an emergency or whether it is for taking photos of the cool things you get up to on the water, there is always the risk that an accident will happen and you may drop your phone in the drink, whoopsy there goes $1000.

I often thought about finding a water proof case for my phone to save it from water damage, but I hated how the speaker quality through the case impacted my calls. I was so excited for my new Iphone X to be water resistant.... all it needs to do now is float....

Welcome to the Phone Floaty.

What's Next..

I have built and grown different online businesses myself, sourcing the right manufacturers, organising distribution and fulfilling orders. But now for the Phone Floaty I have been working side by side with one of the best in manufacturing, who have years of experience in creating mobile phone cases and accessories.

I didn't want to launch the Kickstarter unless I knew that we were able to deliver a great product. Not only the great product, I needed to deliver it on time and to anywhere in the world. 

So here we are, below is the timeline my team and I have set out to confidently deliver you your Phone Floatys.

2017

Came up with the idea, started prototyping in my kitchen sink.

2018

Jan/Feb - Designed and laser cut first non hand made prototypes.

March - Researched for other examples of the product unsuccessfully.

April/May - Visited manufactures, created relationships and open moulds for first samples.

June - Revised samples.

July - Came up with branding and business name. Confirmed final designs and material thickness.

August - Filmed Kickstarter, drafted order for initial production.

**September - Kickstarter Launch, Make lots of new Kickstarter friends, execute manufacturing agreements/standards.**

**October - Complete all tooling development and begin production.**

**November/December - Fulfill orders and support wholesale purchases.**

Forever onwards - Rid the world of drowning smart phones, keeping our waterways clean and your phone working!

Risks and challenges

We don't want to see any good ideas executed poorly, especially one called the Phone "FLOATY", we want to see ideas like this float. We have worked extremely hard to get ready for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are a few things we see as risks:

MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product can be complicated, even if it is as small as the Phone Floaty. There is typically a 60 day lead time to create the moulds for a most products and this is where delays could occur. To minimise that possibility we have already developed working moulds. So all we need to do is upscale the production volume, meaning creating more of the same moulds. Our manufacture has already shown to be able to add the required amount of moulds in as little as 2 weeks.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As the Phone Floaty gets geared up for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you. Such as the logo seen in our videos has now changed and the product looks more elegant. Also the colour will be adjusted to look more attractive. With funding we are also able to buy the best grade of 3M for undoubted strength.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go wrong that can’t be planned for when dealing with logistics: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimise the possibility of manufacturing setbacks we have a back-up supplier for the Phone Floaty, whom we already have production draft contacts in place with.

We will be using a fullfillment centre which processed millions of products each year, sending all around the world. They will be providing you with tracking codes upon shipment and we will do our best to support you in getting a life jacket on your phone.

We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering products in mass quantities. There will be some surprises along the way, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our knowledge internally with external consultation when needed, to make sure we deliver you the product you expect in the time frame expected.

Your pledge amount brings The Phone Floaty one step closer to being a reality. Help us make all the latest water resistant smart phones float by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

We cheers to you, where ever you are on the water!

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    THANKS FOR EVER!

    You might not need a Phone Floaty, but you may love the business, our idea and our purpose. by backing us here you will get your name mentioned in the 'honour board' at phonefloaty.com/honourboard, you will also become part of our Floaty community where you will have access to all our events and up to date news on the progress of our product developments.

    Also if you do decide to purchase a Phone Floaty in the future, we will make sure we look after you.

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    Pledge AU$ 19 or more About $13

    PHONE FLOATY

    Get your very own Phone Floaty for the upcoming summer, or your next water adventure.

    Choose between Iphone X, Iphone 8, Iphone 8 Plus, Samsung S8 or Samsung S9. Simply leave us a note when you purchase which phone model you need.

    The package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
    • Phone Floaty
    • 3M Double Sided Adhesive
    • Special Phone Floaty Case
    • Surface Cleaning Wipe
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    Pledge AU$ 99 or more About $68

    YOUR OWN CUSTOM PHONE FLOATY PACKAGE

    You like things unique? we have you covered. Get your very own Phone Floaty for the upcoming summer, or your next water adventure with your own CUSTOM PRINT or your name or initials on the back.

    Choose between Iphone X, Iphone 8, Iphone 8 Plus, Samsung S8 or Samsung S9. Simply leave us a note when you purchase which phone model you need.

    The package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
    • Phone Floaty
    • 3M Double Sided Adhesive
    • Special Phone Floaty Case
    • Surface Cleaning Wipe
    • Custom Print On Phone Floaty
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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $136

    PHONE FLOATY SUPER FAN PACK

    You might love the business, our idea and our purpose so much that you want to fly the flag loud and proud!

    So in the fan pack you can do this. The fan pack includes a Phone Floaty Flag 90cm x 60cm, 2 Phone Floatys for your phone and one other, A Phone Floaty white t-shirt and a Phone Floaty sticker kit.

    You will also get a Phone Floaty sticker pack sent out to you in the mail.
    If you do decide to purchase a Phone Floaty in the future, we will make sure we look after you.

    Includes:
    • Phone Floaty Fan Flag
    • Phone Floaty
    • 3M Double Sided Adhesive
    • Special Phone Floaty Case
    • Surface Cleaning Wipe
    • Phone Floaty White T-Shirt
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    Pledge AU$ 240 or more About $163

    WHOLESALE 20 PACK

    Pre-purchase your wholesale order and get a $12AUD per unit cost, then sell them in your own store to make upwards of 200% profit.

    Upon purchase, one of our team will work with you to decide what of quantity of phone models will suit your business or event.

    Each package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
    • 20× Phone Floaty
    • Wholesale Support
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    Pledge AU$ 280 or more About $190

    CO-BRANDED WHOLESALE 20 PACK

    Perfect for promotional material at your event or your venue near the water.

    Send through your logo, business details or other design which you want printed on the back of the Phone Floatys and we will get them printed, packaged and sent out to you.

    Pre-purchase your customised wholesale order and get them at $14AUD per unit cost, then sell them in your own store to make upwards of 150% profit.

    Upon purchase, one of our team will work with you to decide what of quantity of phone models will suit your business or event.

    Each package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
    • 20× Phone Floaty
    • 20× Custom Print On Phone Floaty
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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $678

    WHOLESALE 100 PACK

    Pre-purchase your wholesale order and get a $10AUD per unit cost, then sell them in your own store to make upwards of 250% profit.

    Upon purchase, one of our team will work with you to decide what of quantity of phone models will suit your business or event.

    Each package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

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    • 100× Phone Floaty
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    Pledge AU$ 1,400 or more About $949

    CO-BRAND WHOLESALE 100 PACK

    Perfect for promotional material at your event or your venue near the water.

    Send through your logo, business details or other design which you want printed on the back of the Phone Floatys and we will get them printed, packaged and sent out to you.

    Pre-purchase your customised wholesale order and get them at $15AUD per unit cost, then sell them in your own store to make upwards of 150% profit.

    Upon purchase, one of our team will work with you to decide what of quantity of phone models will suit your business or event.

    Each package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
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    • 100× Custom Print On Phone Floaty
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    CO-BRAND WHOLESALE 200 PACK

    Perfect for promotional material at your event or your venue near the water.

    Send through your logo, business details or other design which you want printed on the back of the Phone Floatys and we will get them printed, packaged and sent out to you.

    Pre-purchase your customised wholesale order and get them at $12AUD per unit cost, then sell them in your own store to make upwards of 150% profit.

    Upon purchase, one of our team will work with you to decide what of quantity of phone models will suit your business or event.

    Each package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
    • 200× Phone Floaty
    • 200× Custom Print On Phone Floaty
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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $7

    SUPER EARLY BIRD PHONE FLOATY PACKAGE

    Get your very own Phone Floaty as cheap as it will ever be.

    Choose between Iphone X, Iphone 8, Iphone 8 Plus, Samsung S8 or Samsung S9. Simply leave us a note when you purchase which phone model you need.

    The early bird package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
    • Phone Floaty
    • 3M Double Sided Adhesive
    • Special Phone Floaty Case
    • Surface Cleaning Wipe
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    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About $11

    EARLY BIRD PHONE FLOATY PACKAGE

    Get your very own Phone Floaty for less than half RRP.

    Choose between Iphone X, Iphone 8, Iphone 8 Plus, Samsung S8 or Samsung S9. Simply leave us a note when you purchase which phone model you need.

    The early bird package comes with 'Phone Floaty, Phone Floaty Case, 3M adhesive, Surface Cleaning Wipe and Your packaging detailing where the percentage of profits are going to help clean up the ocean.

    Includes:
    • Phone Floaty
    • 3M Double Sided Adhesive
    • Special Phone Floaty Case
    • Surface Cleaning Wipe
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Funding period

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