Unveiled at 2012 Maker Faire, these Amazing Mechanical Flip Books stole the show. Now we've developed a kit so you can build your own! Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 30, 2012.
Orders Fulfilled - MAKE - WIRED - and Dr. Steam Reveals His Brass
Last week we received a nice note from our fulfillment house. ALL FLIPBOOKITS, MOTOS, 3-PACKS AND 5-PACKS HAVE SHIPPED! (except for a few supporters who didn't respond to the surveys).
A big thank you to our fulfillment center peeps: Thank you Dieter, Catharine, Mary, Josh, SteveH, Karen, Antoinette, and the rest of the FEX crew!
Just a quick note about our shipping.
FedEx International Mail does not provide tracking numbers. FedEx airfreight's the parcel to your local post office, then they delivery it to your door.
If you don't receive your FlipbooKit within 12 days of your emailed shipping notification, please contact us.
Thanks for your patience, and we hope you all enjoy your FlipBooKits.
A few months back, before FlipBooKit, this fellow from MAKE magazine named Matt Richardson met us at the San Mateo Maker Faire. He immediately took an interest in our mechanical flipbook art and there was enthusiastic talk of interviews, articles and kit ideas. That was June 2012.
Matt finished our interview in September, and with a little-twinkle in our eyes, we started imagining how to build a kit. "Why not launch a KickStarter campaign on the publish day of the MAKE article in October?"
We came up with a name, purchased the DNS, and sat with a few guys at CRASH Space talking about box materials. After a week it all came together and our eyes were twinkling away. Then a phone call from Matt saying, "the Article will publish in January, not October".
(our plans were dashed)
We were just about to postpone the project when Mark decided to call the folks at the NY Maker Faire. "Have a look at this art... there was gonna be an article... and we had this plan... Can we get a last-minute booth?" First we received a tentative maybe... then a YES! We were ON! We had two weeks to finish prototyping, build a booth, and create a KickStarter campaign.
Whew! You know the rest.
Now we can announce that the MAKE magazine issue is out! Thanks for everything Matt!
Oh yeah, and FlipBooKit made it into WIRED MAGAZINE too!
Our twinkly eyes are now sparkling.
Lastly, we'd like to introduce you to the esteemed Dr. Steampunk. Harkening the days of industry, ingenuity, and Victorian romance - we've been busy in the Doctor's laboratory testing materials. We wanted to get this perfect, so after collecting all of your votes and input (thank you!), we were able to decide on a direction for this very special production run:
A motorized FlipBooKit, special themed animation to load, beautiful etched brass hardware/components, and a old-time wooden handle. (Pictured are prototypes and the final brass etch art.)
The orders have been placed with our metal smiths. Now we wait for the parts, and will hopefully be showing you the finished kits soon.
We promised you all ArtPaks, and we'll have three new additions next month! Waltz, Mechanical Heart and Leapfrog will be available as pre-printed cards.
And for all of you that missed your chance for a Dr. Steampunk, we have a new edition in the works: Steampunk Valentine - with it's own refashioned brass plates. We are offering a kit version and a fully-built gift package for Valentines Day romantics.
Take a peek and preview them in our FlipBooKit Online Store.
As always, thanks everyone for your patience and support,
your twinkly-eyed FlipBooKit-eers,
Mark, Wendy and Steve!