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Handheld toy that comes to life when spun. Who knew that hyperboloids could be so much fun!
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 What do you call a handheld contraption that creates a bead pattern in the shape of the infinity symbol?.... We didn't know either so we called it the Hyper-B.  This product's name is a tribute to the Hyperboloid shape and a general lack of anything better to call it.

Did I set out to create an awesome toy?  No, the general concept hit me while I was playing with my youngest son one night in his room.

I have four sons 10 years old and younger, so we definitely see our fair share of crafty projects and crafty toys.  I've found that there doesn't seem to be any crafty toys that meet two key requirements. 

1. Fun to make.

2. Fun to play with what was made.

Spirograph- very fun to make, but not so much fun after... the fun is entirely in the making.
Spirograph- very fun to make, but not so much fun after... the fun is entirely in the making.

Hyper-B: a crafty toy that is both fun to make and fun to play with once complete!

I've taken my garage built prototypes as far as I can, the design is ready for the plastic injection mold makers.  Take a look at the progression of the prototypes...

1st Prototype, proof of concept (Random String Layout)
1st Prototype, proof of concept (Random String Layout)
3rd Prototype (First Double)
3rd Prototype (First Double)
5th Prototype (First Exposed String)
5th Prototype (First Exposed String)
10th Prototype
10th Prototype
11th Prototype was printed in Belgium!
11th Prototype was printed in Belgium!

To get the Hyper-B rolling we need to purchase tooling for the plastics. With aluminum tools we will easily be able to provide enough parts to complete this project.  We plan on using polycarbonate material for the hub.  The polycarbonate can take the accidental drops that are bound to happen with such an active toy.  

Hyper-B Budget
Hyper-B Budget

The two outer rows of lacing holes are open to the perimeter which allows for very quick lacing as the string can be pre-populated with beads and simply laid into position.  There are 4 rings of 28 holes which provide a ridiculous amount of possibilities for lacing.  

Here is the DIY kit: Rod, 2 Discs, 2 Strings, 4 O-rings, 56 Plastic Beads, and 28 Metallic Beads (for $2 upgrade fee).
Here is the DIY kit: Rod, 2 Discs, 2 Strings, 4 O-rings, 56 Plastic Beads, and 28 Metallic Beads (for $2 upgrade fee).

Note: Color of the Hyper-B Hub will be black, the white parts are 3D printed parts and are only intended to show how the parts will function.

Current bead inventory: standard plastic beads are on the bottom row, $2 upgrade beads are on the top row. I will add new bead options periodically.
Current bead inventory: standard plastic beads are on the bottom row, $2 upgrade beads are on the top row. I will add new bead options periodically.

 We're excited to see the cool designs that backers come up with once you start to experiment with the Hyper-B.

Design Improvements: I noticed a problem with the 3D prototypes, the timing of the beads falling was just slightly off. See the pictures below for the root cause and the design solution.

Root Cause: distance X is not equivalent to Y resulting in slight time shift for bead drops.
Root Cause: distance X is not equivalent to Y resulting in slight time shift for bead drops.
Solution: added routing features that guide the string to the bottom of the routing guides.  Distance X is equivalent for all strings in the row.
Solution: added routing features that guide the string to the bottom of the routing guides. Distance X is equivalent for all strings in the row.

 10" Oak Prototype:  I created this prototype to verify the dimensions that my wood turning supplier will use.  Final version will be even nicer that this, my woodworking skills are no match for Luke at Classic Woodworking.  21.5"(55.6 cm) long, 10"(25.4 cm) diameter, weighs 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg) and it feels extremely solid.  

Here it is, it dwarfs the 3D printed prototype.
Here it is, it dwarfs the 3D printed prototype.
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Assembly: It is easy!  The string will come with a small loop tied on one end, the loop will be inserted over one of the hub handles and secured between the two O-rings.  28 beads are threaded onto the other end of the string and slid along the length of the string so that they are near the fixed loop.  Now the fun part, grab the first 5 or 6 beads and string near the fixed loop in one hand and hold the hub with the other hand.  Now lay the string directly from the fixed loop to the first slot on the disk, now let loose your first bead from your string hand and lay the string into the a slot on the opposite disk being sure to offset the slots (zero offset would result in stagnant beads).  The first string and bead set up the pattern for the entire set of 28 beads.  Route the string to the adjacent slot at the same distance from the main axis and repeat the same steps until all 28 beads are used.  Please watch the assembly video as it is much easier than it sounds! 

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Risks and challenges

Finding the most efficient design to minimize tooling cost while maximizing robustness and maintaining elegance has been challenge.
Final challenge will be the pre-assembled units, but only if this thing gets really popular (anything over 700 pre-assembled units and we'll have to find some outside help with assembly).

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    Early bird special! You will get a DIY set. Includes everything you'll need to create your Hyper-B: 1 hub, 56 colored beads, and two strings (long enough for a double hyperboloid). Detailed paper and YouTube instructions included! (add $2 for 28 metal or glowing beads). You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    You will get a DIY set. Includes 1 hub, 56 colored beads, and two strings (long enough for a double hyperboloid). Detailed paper and YouTube instructions included! (add $2 for set of metal or glowing beads). You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    Pre-assembled single hyperboloid with plastic beads (add $2 for 28 metal or glowing beads). You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    You will get two DIY sets. Keep one for yourself and give one to a friend. Detailed paper and YouTube instructions included! (add $2 for 28 metal or glowing beads) You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    Pre-assembled double hyperboloid with plastic beads. (add $4 for 56 metal or glowing beads) You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    You will get a pre-assembled single hyperboloid with custom 28 letter message. (Capitol letters only, black bead can be used as a space) You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    Maybe you are a physics or art teacher and must have 10 DIY sets for your classroom. (add $20 for ten sets of metal or glowing beads, add $70 for pre-assembled) You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    10 inch (25.4 cm) hand made oak Hyper-B. This reward will unlock 10 early bird specials for reward #2. This is a work of art you can play with. Will look great in an executive's office, waiting room, or living room. Add $25 for vertical oak stand, add $75 for steam bent oak horizontal stand.
    This Hyper-B will be big, unique, and defiantly impress all your friends. You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    10 inch (25.4 cm) hand made oak Hyper-B. This is a work of art you can play with. Will look great in an executive's office, waiting room, or living room. Add $25 for vertical oak stand, add $75 for steam bent oak horizontal stand.
    This Hyper-B will be big, unique, and defiantly impress all your friends. You'll also receive project updates so you'll know whats going on with the project.

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    Two members of the 106 Labs team will come to your house, cook you some delicious pancakes, describe in great detail the story of how the Hyper-B came to be, what our hopes are for the future, walk you through the creation of your first Hyper-B, and we will leave you with ten Hyper-Bs and a custom 10" hand made oak Hyper-B to commemorate the occasion.

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