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By Buddy Welch
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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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Prototype Gallery

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About this project

The Beginning

Never Tangle Lights started after Christmas last year when I spent hours putting up my lights like they come from the factory so that I could store them in their original box and make sure they wouldn't tangle. 

 I knew there was a better way and now Never Tangle Lights is eliminating the headaches of Christmas light storage!

The Product

A Never Tangle Lights light strand consists of the following parts:

  • LED light strand (this is the same as the ones you are used to.. Note: Our prototype is made of incandescent lights, but the final product will be LED)
  • Guide clips
  • Guide cord
  • Toggle stopper
  • Cord spool 
Never Tangle Lights in Their "In-Use" Position
Never Tangle Lights in Their "In-Use" Position

 

Never Tangle Lights Halfway Between "In-Use" and Collapsed for Storage
Never Tangle Lights Halfway Between "In-Use" and Collapsed for Storage

 

Never Tangle Lights Ready for Tangle-Free Storage!
Never Tangle Lights Ready for Tangle-Free Storage!

 

Close up of functional prototype
Close up of functional prototype

In order to prevent lights from tangling, I knew that I had to come up with a way to pull the lights tight together like they come in the box.  

By attaching a guide between each light on the strand and threading the guide cord through each guide, Never Tangle Lights makes it super easy to pull the light strand tight and create the first and only light strand that is GUARANTEED TO NEVER TANGLE in storage when stored utilizing Never Tangle Lights' patent pending design.

Final Prototype Before Production
Final Prototype Before Production

 

Never Tangle Lights is participating in http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

This product is in its' second prototype phase and I have proven that it works as intended, but having not been through production poses a challenge to me as I intend to source parts and assembly overseas in areas that I am not familiar with yet.

I am fully committed to delivering this project if successfully funded and have made contact with other Kickstarters that have gone through the experience of sourcing labor and manufacturing overseas and intend to take advantage of their mentorship.

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    You'll receive (1) Never Tangle Lights 100 LED light string. Choice of colored or white lights is yours to be decided at reward fulfillment.

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    Perfect for your miniature tree of up to 5' tall!

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    Thanks for being such a big part of our success and sharing our vision for a hassle-free lighting experience!

    You'll receive (25) Never Tangle Lights 100 LED light strings. Choice of colored or white lights is yours to be decided at reward fulfillment.

    This is the average amount of lights used to decorate a tree approximately 8' tall.

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Funding period

- (30 days)