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$27,387
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286
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 7 2014 3:00 AM UTC +00:00
$27,387
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
286
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 7 2014 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

We Will Be Back!!

We wholeheartedly believe in the UpCart and sincerely believe it will help people with mobility challenges and are committed to bringing it to market. We're just getting started and would love to keep you in the loop.

We are continuing the development process and are committed keeping all of our supporters informed of our progress, including a potential relaunch.

Please join our mailing list or provide us additional feedback via our Contact page on UpCart.com: http://www.upcart.com/contact/

Thank You!

UpCart: Up for anything!

Based on a new patented chassis concept, the UpCart combines a three-wheel design and a wide wheel base that can easily tackle obstacles, stairs, curbs, slopes and uneven terrain with a carrying capacity up to 150lbs. Yet the UpCart still folds to a depth of just over four inches, allowing for convenient storage!

The UpCart is a robust solution to a real-world problem. We developed the UpCart because our daily routines are more diverse and mobile than ever before. We need to be in countless places throughout the day, and we need to be equipped with items for us to complete all of our tasks – the fun ones, the inconvenient ones and the ones that we just have to get done.

When we developed the UpCart, we didn’t set out to invent or re-invent the wheel. We love wheels but believe we should make them work harder for us to make modern living a whole lot easier. Our engineering philosophy has always been that the best solutions are the simplest ones that work.

The UpCart doesn’t just fill a gap in the market. It simplifies how you and all of your necessities get to your destination wherever it may be, then folds up neatly for when you need it next.

There are carts that fold flat and there are carts designed to traverse stairs and obstacles – but none that do both. Until now. The UpCart is a hand cart like no other. Built to last from strong metal components, bearings that will hold up to the rigors of modern life and developed on a modular chassis that will shape itself to the unique challenges of moving things in different environments and on different surfaces. The UpCart will keep on rolling when cheap, plastic carts crack and fail.

The UpCart’s patented design will keep you moving effortlessly and efficiently through whatever hurdles life throws at you.

Key Benefits

  • It's Up for anything! - The three-wheel design has been proven to be the most effective design for dealing with obstacles and stairs
  • Reduced effort required! - The combination of the three-wheel design and how the weight of the load is balanced reduces the amount of effort needed to pull any load up a stair or over an obstacle
  • Improved stability and balance - With four wheels in contact with the ground at all times, the weight of the load is distributed more evenly and makes it easier to handle
  • Adjustable handle - Height adjustable handle allows you to select the optimum height for both stairs and level surfaces
  • Self-locking when unfolded - Prevents the cart from folding on you when you don't want it to and risk loosing/damaging whatever you are carrying 

Our unique engineering means that it is just as capable of hauling a 150-pound cabinet up multiple stairwells to your fifth floor apartment, as it is bringing home the groceries in comfort. It’s modular chassis design not only allows fatter wheels to be substituted for all-terrain journeys across sand and other surfaces that would destroy rival pull-carts, it is also the only triple-wheel cart that deals with the rigors of urban living and folding flat to be stored conveniently even if space is limited.

The UpCart is easy to handle, convenient to use, and folds flat

The three-wheel design employed by the UpCart will decrease pressure applied on supporting surfaces, which improves stability and allows the UpCart to "walk" over curbs, stairs and obstacles. However, one of the most significant benefits of our design, is that it allows for a significant decrease in the pull/push forces (i.e. effort) required for moving over the irregular terrain and stairs. This benefit will make it easier for users of the UpCart to perform those daily tasks that before posed a significant challenge. Additionally, reduced pull/push force also means less strain and reduces the risk of fatigue and injury. 

Engineered To Last

  • Precision cast aluminum alloy mechanism and structural parts - stronger than plastic and withstands greater use
  • Shielded ball bearings in wheels and hubs - keeps junk out to maintain smooth operation
  • Non-marking polyurethane rubber tires - like found on rollerblades, top performance and last longer 
  • Spring assisted folding and unfolding - easier to open and close
  • Epoxy paint powder coating - more resistant to chips and scratches

Specifications:

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 The UpCart UpGrade Pledge:

The UpCart, only accessorized! Get a fantastic multipurpose UpCart with a custom fitted heavy duty nylon bag. The bag, with a 20 gallon capacity, will easily attach to the UpCart to aid in transporting necessities, yet also quickly detach when needed. Even without the UpCart, the heavy-duty nylon bag is a fantastic heavy-duty tote. The best part is the UpCart will also fit inside the bag for improved storage and portability! UpGrade your experience and receive the The UpCart go-anywhere multipurpose cart with the matching bag.

Product Schedule:

Funding:

Your pledges will help us fund the tooling and initial production run of the UpCart. We are planning to work with a high-quality manufacturer and are excited to start production of the UpCart. Our $100,000 funding goal will provide the capital we need to setup the manufacturing line, create the molds and tooling, and pay for raw materials necessary to produce the UpCart. We've outlined several different pledge options, your support through this campaign will allow us put the UpCart in the hands of people who will truly benefit from improved mobility.   

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

We’re offering free shipping to the continental United States for Kickstarter backers, but we can’t do this for those in Alaska, Hawaii, or abroad. International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees, as well as shipping. Please contact us to get shipping prices to your address.

ABOUT US

We’re a small, passionate team of designers, engineers, and thought leaders. Together, we've contributed to 25 patents and helped others generate millions of dollars. We’ve been working on the UpCart for more than four years and we’re thrilled to launch the UpCart into the world. We strongly believe that producing products that improve mobility affords people freedom to do more and be more productive. We see the UpCart as a way for people to overcome everyday mobility challenges and make their lives easier.

Risks and challenges

We have worked extremely hard to identify a high-quality manufacturer and to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but there are some possible risks:

MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product like this is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. There is typically a 60-90 day lead time to create the molds for a product of this size and this is where delays could occur. To minimize that possibility we're working with manufacturers with a track record for prompt quality.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As the UpCart gets ready 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 and independent product testers. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. You have our commitment that we will do everything in our power to hit our timeline.

We are working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering folding hand carts in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but we have excellent partners and with decades of experience sourcing similar products. Any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with advice and expertise from our partners and advisors. You have our commitment that all decisions will be made with protecting your interest, our customer, as the primary goal.

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make the UpCart a reality by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

THANK YOU for your help!

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    THANK YOU! - Your support is appreciated! Your name will be listed as a contributor on our website. Please share our project and help us spread the word!

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    Bungee! - You'll receive an assortment of 6 elastic bungee cords in various sizes from 24" - 48" to help secure your load to the UpCart. Bungee cords will be a minimum of 5/16 thick with hooks on both ends. Either add to your order or get as stand-alone item. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    UpCart 'Evolution of Mobility' T-Shirt - Cotton, Unisex and women's styles available. Additionally your name will be listed as a contributor on our website. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    Fitted Bag - Custom Fitted UpCart Bag. The custom fitted heavy duty bag will easily attach to the UpCart to aid in transporting necessities. This fitted bag will have a 20 gallon capacity and securely attach to the UpCart. And when detached, the UpCart itself will fit inside the bag for improved storage and portability! Either add to your order or get as stand-alone item. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    UpCart “EARLY BIRD” - Our first 100 supporters get their multipurpose UpCart at a very special price! These carts will later retail for $100. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    UpCart “FIRST BATCH” - If you missed out on the Early Bird reward, claim your multipurpose UpCart now! These will later retail for $100, but you can secure yours for only $75 (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    UpCart - If you missed out on both the Early Bird and the First Batch, you are still getting a great deal - the multipurpose UpCart will later retail for $100, but you can still secure yours at this special Kickstarter price. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    The UpGrade, “EARLY BIRD” - Our first 100 supporters can upgrade their experience by getting their multipurpose UpCart together with the Fitted UpCart Bag. The custom fitted heavy duty bag will easily attach to the UpCart to aid in transporting necessities. And when detached, the UpCart itself will fit inside the bag for improved storage and portability! These sets will later retail for $130. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    The UpGrade, “FIRST BATCH” - If you missed out on the Early Bird reward, claim your First Batch upgrade - multipurpose UpCart together with the Fitted UpCart Bag for only $100. The custom fitted heavy duty bag will easily attach to the UpCart to aid in transporting necessities. And when detached, the UpCart itself will fit inside the bag for improved storage and portability! These sets will later retail for $130. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    The UpGrade - If you missed out on both the Early Bird and the First Batch, you are still getting a great deal - multipurpose UpCart plus the Fitted UpCart Bag will later retail for $130, but you can secure your set for this special Kickstarter price. The custom fitted heavy duty bag will easily attach to the UpCart to aid in transporting necessities. And when detached, the UpCart itself will fit inside the bag for improved storage and portability! (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    Two Pack - Get two multipurpose UpCarts! One for you and one for a family member or friend. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    Two Pack UpGrade - Get two multipurpose UpCarts, each with a fitted UpCart bags! One for you and one for a family member or friend. (Free shipping to continental United States)

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    "Pay It Forward" - we will send 10 multipurpose UpCarts, in your name, to a school, assisted living facility, organization or location of your choice. Please note, this is not qualified as a charitable donation, just an awesome thing to do! (Free shipping to continental United States)

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Funding period

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