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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Covers iPhone models 5, 5s, SE, 6, 6s, 7, 6 plus, 6s plus and 7 plus.
We add Android models once we reach minimum numbers, request your phone model here
Swoppy Web App:
Allows you to play your Gameboy games on your phone.
Just connect with Dropbox, load your games and start playing!
Runs on Android and iOS phones.
Especially designed for and included with every Swoppy case.
What is Swoppy?
A fun case that combines simplicity and functionality. Swoppy is for all of you that missed the buttons while playing games on mobile phones.
The Swoppy case uses great engineering and a durable material (most likely a material called Santoprene) to protect your phone but our tactile buttons that interact with your phone’s screen are the truly exciting bit. This combination alongside our Swoppy web app brings the joy of the past back to the now. Your phone is now also a handheld console.
Our Swoppy web app allows you to play your Gameboy games on your phone. This means you can play all your classics games like Pokemon, Tetris, Super Mario Land, Zelda and more! If you don’t own any games, no worries; there are plenty of free and open source games to choose from!
To get going with the Swoppy web app, all you need to do is download our app and connect to Dropbox! Most excitingly, our web app is compatible with most phones (Android and iOS) and is specially designed for and included with every Swoppy case.
The Swoppy case is fully recyclable, as well as designed and made in New Zealand. No electronics or batteries are involved! The setup process is easy:
Don’t own any games? You can find some free and open source Gameboy ROMs from:
google.com (Let Google be your friend!)
Simple; the classic games of the past still have their place today.
In our very hectic world, we all look for fun and escape from our daily lives. Often this is best done through looking back to the simple yet rich games of the past.
Games should be able to be played anywhere, anytime. Straight from your pocket into your hands!
Smartphones have made this all possible by making portable gaming accessible to almost anyone.The problem is smartphones have sacrificed our ability to fully experience some of our games. Many classic 8-bit or 2d games were not designed to be experienced on a touchscreen, but with physical buttons instead. All we are left with now are many frustrating experiences; death by failed virtual button push anyone?
Tactile buttons provide the satisfying feeling of knowing your actions have the intended consequences; you know you are in control! By combining a protective case with buttons that can interact directly with your phone screen we have brought back tactile gaming. Swoppy allows you to play games that can only truly be experienced with physical buttons!
Gameboy emulators have been around for some time now. Yet many of us still are unable to play our Gameboy games on our phones! Why?
The key issue is emulators phone apps available today require you to go through a risky and time-consuming process (acquiring software “root” access). Who has the energy to figure that out? Generally, only hobbyist and geeks like us!
Our Swoppy web app emulator makes it simple to start playing your Gameboy Original and Color games.
Hardware is hard, especially for 9 different iPhone models. Because of the high costs involved in injection moulding the cases, we need to be able to fulfil a minimum order in order to be able to push forward forwards with Swoppy. We see Kickstarter as a great way to cover the expensive tooling/manufacturing processes for our cases.
We also live in Middle Earth (New Zealand) which is very far away from the rest of the world. While we are surrounded by beautiful scenery and awesome people, we want to open up and connect Swoppy with the world! We think everyone should be able to become a part of our story!
Swoppy Web App
What is it?
Allows you to play your Gameboy games on your phone.
Can play Pokemon, Tetris, Super Mario Land, Zelda and many more!
Just connect and plug your Gameboy Original or Color ROMs into Dropbox and start playing!
Supported phone models?
Guaranteed to work with iPhones: 5, 5s and SE 6, 6s and 7 6 plus, 6s plus and 7 plus.
Designed to work with other phones including most Android phones.
Disclaimer: Will not be fully tested with a guarantee for all Android phones.
What is it?
Transforms your phone into a physical Gameboy.
Swoppy web app included.
Protects phone against knocks, drops and scrapes.
8 soft tactile buttons. No electronics or batteries are involved!
Fully recyclable. Designed and made in New Zealand.
Supported phone models?
Swoppy cases only available for iPhones: 5, 5s and SE 6, 6s and 7 6 plus, 6s plus and 7 plus.
We will build a custom 3D printed Swoppy case that fits your phone.
We will create a custom Swoppy web app start screen.
Both Swoppy case and web app start screen will be customised to your preference.
Disclaimer. Will be subject to:
Your phone model’s technical specifications.
Our ability to measure and/or obtain your phone’s dimensions.
Want more case color options? Different colors will be made available when we reach NZ$79,000+
Want a Swoppy but don't have an iPhone? We add phone models as soon as we reach enough interest. Request your phone now!
How will Swoppy be delivered?
Product development went on for the last 9 months. We improved the product with lots of passion and attention to detail, invested time and our savings to get Swoppy ready to release it into the wild! Now you can help us get it to production.
With the Swoppy cases, we've organised production with a local manufacturer in New Zealand and put together multiple plans for international delivery. By building in New Zealand, we keep carbon emissions low while being able to deliver Swoppy cases using high-quality materials and processes. All cases will be fully recyclable, too.
With the Swoppy web app, all development is done in-house. The Gameboy emulator is ready to go! Our Swoppy web app will be accessible through our website so no need to wait for shipping!
Who are we?
Our team of three is passionate and positive. We tackled all the challenges and jumped the hurdles and we are excited for the things to come
Regina is our Chief Unicorn Wrangler. She is a serial entrepreneur with a design background. Regina makes sure that the work gets done! She has built Swoppy's identity focusing on producing a sustainable product of high quality.
Aydin is our Lord Commander of Hacking. He loves making things! With a technical background in maths, science and engineering he is pushing to make Swoppy a reality!
Sara, is our beloved and invaluable volunteer. She came to our aid through thick and thin and has allowed us to make it to the other side!
Our collaborators are vast and invaluable. We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks, everyone!
BizDojo, Clare Pepperell, Ryan Smith (our beautiful shared office space)
The Christchurch startup community! (Amazing group of people)
Friends and family! (You guys ... unbelievable! Thanks so much!)
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are challenges and risks involved in delivering. We are not a special exception to this rule. We have aimed to make our Kickstarter as low risk as possible for you, our supporters, right from the get go.
We did all this by taking on all the responsibility for Swoppy over the last 9 months of development. During this time we have funded ourselves and pushed Swoppy through an iterative prototyping process.
We have actively sought after advice in manufacturing, distribution, legal and more and reduced risk to a minimum
As with all injection moulding processes, tooling and material decisions are critical. We have worked hard with our manufacturer in ensuring the buttons work well and the quality of the cases is high. However, just to be safe, we have allowed time for any unexpected changes or delays that may arise.
We live in New Zealand, that is, if anything, only close to Australia. As a result, organising distribution and ensuring it all goes to plan is a big task. We have been putting together several options in case any one fails.