kit changes the way we use smart phones by enabling you to carry a wide variety of lifestyle and device accessories you need every day. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 2, 2013.
About this project
For Samsung Galaxy S3, NOTE and NOTE 2, and the iPhone 5 and 4/4S.
kit lets you:
- use your smartphone as a wallet
- carry device and lifestyle accessories
- connect your smart phone to about anything
- reuse your accessories over time and across devices (Samsung and Apple)
- get the most out of your media
- use magnetic photography lenses
With the convergence of e-commerce, media, photography, gaming, wellness and health, work, and socializing, our smart phones are no longer a luxury. The problem with current smart phone accessories is that they are 'dumb,' typically provide only a single function - protection, and are device specific - i.e. they do not migrate across device platforms or onto future models. This results in a massive amount of waste both for you and the environment, undercutting the long-term value of your accessory purchases.
kit changes all of this.
The kit Back-story
This story, like most stories of progress, originates with beer...
Have you ever wanted to leave the house with just your smart phone and nothing else? Or have you ever been frustrated by getting somewhere only to realize you left the connection cord on the kitchen counter-top, or in another city? For me, my frustrations with smart phone accessories began in April 2011, when I needed a beer bottle opener while jurying an architectural review with my students. Smart phones do many things, but they do not open beer! It occurred to me that there must be a simple way to integrate a group of analog tools into our smart devices. Other companies have integrated a bottle opener into a protective case and many one-off, device specific accessories already exist like battery cases. Wallets for your phone are available also, but no one had solved this problem at the highest level of functionality, modularity, reuse, and future smart technology integration. Our smart devices and new digital lifestyles still require a few basic tools to get us through the day, and kit makes this possible!
kit: The Definitive Smartphone Wallet
kit allows you to carry a small group of lifestyle and device accessories you need on a daily basis and to use those accessories for many years to come. Think of kit as your fully functioning, next generation wallet! It is beautiful design, slides easily into pockets, integrates accessories both internally and externally, provides protection, provides connection to a host of external accessories, creates a place to keep NFC and RFID devices, allows you to carry 2 cards and cash (when loaded with accessories), and receives standard magnetic photography lens systems; macro, micro, and fish eye! And your accessories are reusable when you up upgrade your phone!
kit solves these problems, and several more!
We call our accessories Hard Apps (tm) as they provide a hybrid of analog and digital functionality focused upon device and lifestyle needs. To date, we have identified over 40 Hard Apps that can be brought to market. The base case and shell are device specific (and fully recyclable) and integrate Hard Apps into your smart device. Hard Apps migrate over when you upgrade your phone and they transfer across handset platforms. All kit cases use and hold the same set of accessories via a patented slotted case connection eliminating accessory obsolescence. This is great for families and friends sharing accessories and in office, industry, or medical situations where many device types are being used in one location. We are putting together Hard App packages themed around 3 experiences: Girls Night Out, Workday Warrior, and A Day in the Life for media accessories.
With your funding support, we will complete our first round of tooling and first production run of the case for the most popular model of the 5 handsets listed below, so let us know which model you want a case for! With each additional $15,000/250 cases over our funding goal we can create the tooling for one additional prototyped handset. Up to 5 models total!
Alternate Color Votes:
Gun metal Black (1)
Cherry Metalic Red (1)
kit is ready to contract with local manufacturers to create the first round of tooling and product! We are finalizing a partnership with a national knife maker for the multi-tool Hard App and will use a well known USB maker such as SanDisk or Kingston. The rest of the Kickstarter project uses a typical injection molding process with a typical schedule of sixty (60+) days from release to create tooling and ship product. We will ship product to you by early April. To expedite the schedule, we will release the manufacturer to begin tool creation once we have surpassed our initial funding level.
Where kit is Headed Next
Besides the 3 Hard Apps offered in this Kickstarter project, we have identified over (40) future Hard Apps for the kitbrand. We have already fully designed and prototyped:
· Threaded connection with magnet and kickstand (see picture above)
· and....Car Mount, Bike Mount, Counter Stand, Wall Plug to name a few...
We are curious to hear what Hard Apps you would like to see next!
The kit Team and Fulfillment
Here at kit we have been hard at work the past eighteen months. We have intellectual property in place, and have been prototyping kit via SLA printing for the past 11 months to test and refine the product. Our management team of sales, marketing, finance, and design experts has deep experience in bringing consumer products to market (See Team Bios). We have also been developing strong relationships with local manufacturers in both Lexington, KY and St. Louis, MO to ensure quality control and expedite delivery schedules. kit will be a 'made in america' product.
kit in the News!
If you like this project, please tell a friend about kit. Blog about it, share it, pin it, post it, or book it. Got a question? Feel free to contact us and let us know what you think!
· Presenter, St. Louis Startup Connection, November 2012
· Stand Up for Your Startup Competition, Lexington, KY, November 12, 2012
Music from the Video: 'Firefly' by Sweet Wave Radio @ Audiojungle
Patents Pending, kit, kitcase, and Hard Apps are trademarked.
iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
NOTE and Galaxy S 3 are registered trademarks of Samsung Corp.
Risks and challenges
Our greatest weakness is that this is an initial product launch for a new company with limited financial resources. We have addressed this by involving key advisers/team members (see Team Bios) with extensive, successful experience in technology; IPR; new product launches; project management, and raising capital. Additionally, to keep our costs down, two of our Management Team have taken small equity positions in kit in lieu of payment for services.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Our gratitude!!! We have been very humbled by the ongoing help, guidance, and support of so many people these past 18 months! THANKS!Estimated delivery:
A kit T-shirt!! This is our way of saying "Thank You" for supporting kit! White tee, with our orange kit logo front and center. You can stop trafic with this one!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
A kit case wallet and money clip! Let us know what handset model from the list you would like! Includes T-shirt.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
A kit case wallet, money clip, and (1) HARD APP - either the 8G USB Flash or Multi-tool Hard App. Let us know what handset model from the list you would like! Includes T-shirt.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
A kit case wallet, money clip, and (2) HARD APPS - both the 8G USB Flash and Multi-tool Hard App. Let us know what handset model from the list you would like! Includes T-shirt.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
A kit case wallet, money clip, and (3) HARD APPS - the 8G USB Flash, Multi-tool, and Earphone Holder Hard App! Let us know what handset model from the list you would like! Includes T-shirt.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
1 backer Limited (99 left of 100)
Everything from the level above, AND you get to vote for the next kit color!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)
Everything from the level above, AND you get to Choose a HARD APP to be brought to production!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (42 days)