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Drop Designs Inc.By Drop Designs Inc.
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Drop Designs Inc.By Drop Designs Inc.
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$53,897
pledged of 100.000 $pledged of 100.000 $ goal
186
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 9 2015 2:12 PM UTC +00:00

About

Key Features

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drop

This solar-powered device will be your perfect pool assistant - simply throw it into your pool and drop will take care of the rest. The drop app will provide you with a custom maintenance plan specific to your pool size, type and needs. You will know if your pool water is safe for swimming and you will never have to guess how much treatment your pool needs. 

just drop it in your pool...
just drop it in your pool...

Thanks to drop’s accelerometer, you can receive notifications when suspicious movement or activity is detected in your pool as an extra layer of safety*.

drop can detect movement in your pool and send you an alert
drop can detect movement in your pool and send you an alert

The Drop App

The drop app (iOS + Android) will be free for pool owners and is good for monitoring up to 3 pools. If you are a professional pool specialist and /or want to monitor more than 3 pools, we recommend you upgrade to drop Pro which will cost $9/month.

The Drop App (iOS and Android)
The Drop App (iOS and Android)
Access the data...
Access the data...

If like us you are tired using a testing kit to test your pool water, then drop is for you. With drop, you can monitor all the relevant variables in our easy-to-use app: chlorine, pH, temperature, movement, and overall water quality. Watch the levels change in real time when you make adjustments to your pool. You will be able to share your drop data with your pool technician if you wish to do so.

Wave good-bye to your old testing kit
Wave good-bye to your old testing kit

Technology

After several iterations and thorough testing with potential users, we have a prototype that works exactly the way it should! We're ready to start the DFM and development process with a Chinese partner we know and trust. Our technology is patent-pending, our name trademarked and our company (Drop Designs Inc.) is incorporated.

The Drop journey, from proof of concept to final prototypes
The Drop journey, from proof of concept to final prototypes

Specifications: 

  • solar powered with lithium-ion battery back-up 
  • measures temperature, pH and ORP (Oxydo-Reduction Potential) as a proxy for chlorine levels 
  • 3-axis accelerometer for movement detection Compatible with chlorine, mineral and salt pools.
  •  App for iOS and Android 
  • Connects wirelessly to the Drop Cloud (wifi connection required) 
  • provides a custom maintenance plan designed to help you maintain a perfect balance without over-use of chemicals in your pool. 
  • adapts and learns about your pool - recommendations and accuracy will improve over time!
exploded view of the drop monitor
exploded view of the drop monitor

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Timeline

A lot of people on Kickstarter will promise you a product in six months or less, only to run into delays later. We know delays are infuriating to backers and we don't like them either. We want to provide a realistic timeline that allows us to  account for the unexpected twists of the roads, and stick to it as much as possible.

The Drop team 

Fernando Zavala - Electronics and Software Development. Fernando holds a Stanford MBA and is a computer science engineer. He has previous experience in investment banking and government administration.

Alvaro Alliende - Sales and Marketing. Alvaro holds a Stanford MBA and is a structural engineer. He has experience as an entrepreneur, an investment banker, a non-profit CEO, and a university professor.

Emmanuel Laffon - Hardware and Design. Emmanuel is an industrial designer with 10 years experience in the consumer electronics industry. He has previous experience with IDEO, Fuseproject, Incase and Amazon/Lab126

the drop team: Fernando, Alvaro and Emmanuel
the drop team: Fernando, Alvaro and Emmanuel

 Process

the drop team prototyping in Stanford
the drop team prototyping in Stanford
field testing...
field testing...
early sketches
early sketches

Partners

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Our good friend and Olympic medalist Peter Varellas supports drop. Watch his video here:
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Press

We have been featured as product of the week on 3D Innovations!

The Blaze

Digital Trends
http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/drop-will-keep-your-pool-clean-safe-all-summer/

BGR

The Daily Mail

Gadget Flow
http://thegadgetflow.com/blog/drop-will-be-a-perfect-smart-monitor-for-your-pool/

iPhoneness

Gadgetify

The Crowdfunding Centre

Connected Crib

Kicktraq

IoT Journal

Tech.co

Techinfine

Tech News World


We need your help

Help us raise the funds to manufacture the first production batch. We have carefully calculated that we need $100,000 to get our first batch of products manufactured and into the market and delivered in time for the 2016 pool season. We ask for your generous donation to help our ambitious project become a reality. Donate a small amount and receive some fun rewards, or use the opportunity to donate a larger amount and get your drop before everyone else. All donations are greatly appreciated, thanks for your support!

* Important: the drop monitor is not intended to replace a fence, a pool alarm or plain common sense. Never leave children unattended near a pool.
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Risks and challenges

Over the past year, we have refined our design and developed relationships with manufacturing partners. We are confident that we can deliver the product with the allocated time frame (within 12 months). As with any Kickstarter projects, there are many risks involved with taking a product from concept to production. Some are foreseeable and we can plan for them, but there also may be unforeseen problems that arise during the development process. We will do our best to keep our backers informed and involved and to be transparent throughout the process.

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    DROP SUNGLASSES

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    DROP HAT

    You get a cool Drop hat to show off by your pool (don't worry, it won't look like Pharrell's).

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    THE STUD KIT

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    You will receive the DROP MONITOR at the very special price of $149. Quantity Limited

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

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    DROP MONITOR + STUD KIT

    You get the DROP MONITOR and our STUD KIT(hat, t-shirt, and sunglasses) to look like a champion by your crystal clear pool.

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    DROP DEVICE + STUD KIT + CYCLING JERSEY

    You get the DROP MONITOR and our STUD KIT (hat, t-shirt, and sunglasses) and our CYCLING JERSEY

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    CALIFORNIA DROP IDOL

    You get the DROP MONITOR and the STUD KIT (hat, t-shirt and sunglasses)

    Plus: you and your guest go on a Drop-shaped HOT AIR BALLOON flight in Napa Valley

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    CHILE DROP IDOL

    You get the DROP MONITOR and the STUD KIT (hat, t-shirt and sunglasses)

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    FRANCE DROP IDOL

    You get the DROP MONITOR and the STUD KIT (hat, t-shirt and sunglasses)

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    DROP GURU

    You get the DROP MONITOR, the STUD KIT and the HOT AIR BALLOON ride

    Plus: you and your guest have lunch with one of Drop's founders at the FRENCH LAUNDRY in Napa Valley. We need to know you and learn from you!

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Funding period

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