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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page. The GECO CASE is a new product that unleashes the power of your smart phone. It is a product for today, because a mobile phone is no longer just a telephone - it is a computer, camera, communications link, and an essential necessity of the modern world. Today, our mobile phone are also our companions that are with us constantly, and sometimes used spontaneously.
GECO CASE facilitates many of the new ways we now use (and have fun with) our mobile phones. Our mobile phones travel with us because they fit in our pocket. The GECO CASE does not change that - it adds so many features, yet it does not add bulk, nor weight! Your phone with the GECO CASE - feels the same as your phone without, and - stays in your pocket until you pull it out to use it. Since the GECO CASE serves as a case, and has roughly the same cost of a case that's only a case, all the features of the GECO CASE come to you, essentially, at no incremental cost. It is a product that is practical, portable, durable, inexpensive, and easy to use. Whether you use your device for video chat or phone conference, watching live streams, taking artful photographs, shooting your own video, playing games, having fun with selfies, or all of the above, the GECO CASE is the multifunctional convenience of today. And - we hope you will agree - it's also got style.
THE GECO CASE STORY
"I am Miguel, a designer who believes in the marriage of beauty and functionality. I use my smart phone constantly and carry it everywhere. A year ago, I noticed I was getting frustrated getting my phone into the right position to capture the right image, or have a simple video chat while in a comfortable position for myself. And no, I did NOT want to carry around something else! My phone was enough. I said those famous words: There HAS to be a better way!!"
"I set out to find that better way. And now, after one year of painstaking work, 3D designs, blueprints, iterations, modifications, and the creation of working prototypes - GECO CASE is ready to be born!"
THE GECO CASE
DESCRIPTION: It's a protective case. It's the ultimate tool for video calls. It functions as a tripod. It's a selfie stick. It is a mount that ideally positions your phone for playing games, streaming video and watching films. It always stays attached to your phone, collapses practically flat against it, and therefore fits in your pocket. It's practical, weightless, yet durable, and downright attractive - like you.
STATUS: After a year of design work, over a hundred 3D Design iterations, we are pleased to create the working prototype of the GECO CASE, fully functional, and exactly as it will be after mass manufacture.
The GECO CASE is fully designed, tested, and ready to hit the market. With your help in this Kickstarter, we can fill the final modest financial needs. We have already negotiated in detail with reputable factories, we know the specifications, have received bona fide quotations, and received estimated turnaround times. We have even fully researched boxing, freight, customs clearance, and ground freight. We plan to have the factory drop ship to the U.S. as well as Germany - this will explain the favorable shipping rates for backers from those countries.
The GECO CASE is made to precision fit an iPhone 6, 6S, or 7, and a Galaxy S6 or S7.
PORTABLE, PRACTICAL, and PRECISION CRAFTED
The GECO CASE is the only accessory for your phone that you will ever need to perform the most common tasks we all enjoy. Because it is a case, and designed sleekly and smartly, it is simply an extension of your phone. Therefore, your phone - with the GECO CASE attached - fits in the same place you always carry it - your pocket. This not only makes it portable and practical, but it allows you to use and position your phone for all the tasks you love most in a totally spontaneous way.
Here are some of the specifications and features of the GECO CASE and its precision craftsmanship:
VERSATILE and MULTIFUNCTIONAL
A stand, a tripod, a selfie stick ... a wide range of comfortable positions.
The GECO CASE is sturdy and strong. It is made from a durable ABS/polycarbonate alloy. We did a test where a 3-ton fully grown African elephant stood on a phone inside a GECO CASE. The result? Obviously the phone was totally crushed. I mean - come on!
SAVE TIME and MONEY
The GECO CASE saves time because it is attached to your phone, so it stays in your pocket, ready for instant "deployment". It saves you $, because now you get all this multifunctionality in a case, for the cost of just the case. If you had to buy all the items facilitated by the GECO CASE separately, it would cost quite a bit more.
COLORFUL AND STYLISH
The black matte and white matte finishes come in 3 distinct and vibrant 2-color options each, and the premium comes in a polished finish with 3 uni-color options.
REMOTE CONTROL (OPTION): The remote control is presented as an optional inexpensive add-on. It interfaces with your phone directly, and not the GECO CASE per se. It is a natural value-added feature because after you have positioned your phone for a picture using the GECO CASE, you can now join the picture and press a button on the remote and the picture will be snapped from as much as 10 feet away. Press multiple times, and you get multiple pictures. A second button does the same for video - press once it starts, again and it stops. It is easy to use and much like standard remotes presently available.
MEET THE TEAM
TIMELINE, BUDGET, AND USE OF PROCEEDS
TIMELINE: there are 4 primary steps between Kickstarter and delivery, and several sub-steps within each. The 4 primary steps are:
adaptation of final design from 3D to mass production (November)
tooling - creation of steel molds (November/December)
production/assembly (January, 2017)
shipping and delivery (February, 2017)
BUDGET: the established budget is reflective of the following:
we have received bona fide quotes for production, transport, and fulfillment
we have engaged with multiple contractors in this process
we have private investment available to fill in gaps in cash flow
It's easy and obvious to say we came to Kickstarter to raise money. But there are three other reasons we are here. The first is Independence. We have financed everything ourselves to this point, and with Kickstarter I can finance the rest and remain independent. The second is controlling the evolution of Geco Case. Just like smart phones are evolving, so will Geco Case. When you work hard to develop something, you go through many incarnations, and I have many ideas for future versions. And the third reasons is collaboration. I love interacting with people and I am open to listening to suggestions and you never know. What better place than Kickstarter, where collaborations are a way of life, and where the power of collaboration has proven itself over and over.
ABOUT THE REWARDS
DELIVERY DATES: The Rewards show a delivery date of March, 2017 which reflects the outside date; we are hopeful to fulfill Rewards a bit earlier.
MAKING YOUR "CHOICES": All "options" involved in any Reward tier (color, for example) will be made after the campaign; Kickstarter has a survey form for these selections, works quite well.
CAN YOU DO THIS?Yes, we can.If there are Rewards you'd like in a certain combination or quantity that are not offered that way, no problem. Send a message to Miguel by clicking "CONTACT ME" in the upper right; we're glad to work it out. (Please indicate your geography when you send the message, since that impacts shipping.)
You can always send a message through Kickstarter by clicking CONTACT ME on the top right of the campaign page. Any questions or comments or ideas at all, that's partly why we came to Kickstarter - we'd love to hear from you.
PARTNERS, SUPPORTERS, AND SOME EARLY PRESS
Risks and challenges
Bringing a new and innovative product to market is always a challenge, for me and for anyone, even a major company. It is a substantial endeavor, with many moving parts, and a reliance on third parties. I have done my best to minimize risk and maximize use of funds without the slightest compromise to quality, and I have done this in several ways:
1. I have been patient, and gone through numerous iterations to arrive at this point.
2. I have worked with engineers to create specifications that are accurate to the most minute level.
3. I have created working prototypes.
4. I have established bona fide agreements for tooling and manufacture.
5. I have, where advisable, enlisted the help of longtime friends and associates, which has added efficiency to the process.
6. Although I am an inventor/creator, I am mindful of due diligence, and realistic in scheduling tasks, determining scope of work, and estimating budgets.
In summary, if this Kickstarter campaign succeeds, the GECO CASE will be brought to market, and all rewards will be delivered fully and on a timely basis.
You receive a Limited Edition collectible version of the GECO CASE with a metallic silver plate, with your initials monogrammed on the case along with a unique single digit serial # from 1 to 9. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Earliest backers get the lowest number. (with remote)