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.
Why Marvelcase Air?
Upgrade your iPhone 7 with the beautiful Marvelcase Air and make it COMPLETELY WIRELESS. Marvelcase Air gives your iPhone 7 a wireless charging capability and makes it as good as iPhone 8. Marvelcase Air works with all Qi standard wireless chargers including Apple's AirPower Mat and Samsung wireless chargers.
Qi standard wireless charging capability - works with all Qi standard wireless chargers
Advanced materials - provide superior impact protection and integrity
Slim, light weight and elegant design with a good grip and a luxurious silky feel
Birth of the Project
This Marvelcase Air project was conceived two and a half years ago when I first laid my eyes on and fell in love with the newest Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phone in Gold color. I was awestruck by its realistic metallic shiny gold color, curved Edge screen and the wireless charging capability. I thought this phone was revolutionary in color, design and function, and I bragged about my new phone at every opportunity. At first the wireless charger pad that is normally sold separately but, in my case came with the phone as a bonus, seemed not so useful. But as I gave it a try and started using it, I quickly got used to the added convenience of it. It's true that just plugging the power cord to charge the phone is not that hard, but so are many other tasks that we seek to simplify everyday. Never having to bother about finding the end of the cord or untangling it proved to be an added convenience for sure. All I had to do was to put it down on the charger pad, which is stationed on the nightstand next to my bed. I instantly knew that wireless charging is the future and I became one of the biggest enthusiasts. When one really thinks about it, the only thing that is literally tying down a smart phone is the need for charging. Everything else is already being done wirelessly. Listening to music, sharing pictures, transferring files and backing up data can be easily done by NFC, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Soon I started seeing other phones adopting the wireless charging. By early 2017, of the big phone brands only Apple's iPhone remained without a wireless charger capability. As a true enthusiast of totally wireless phones, I decided to change that and make the iPhones totally wireless.
The Qi wireless charging technology
I did some research into wireless charging and learned a good deal about it. In a nutshell: wireless charging (induction) is nothing new and was invented by Nicolas Tesla more than a hundred years ago. But in 2008, Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) was formed by a group of big tech companies and it started exploring various new applications of the inductive technology. Its purpose was to develop a safe, efficient and reliable standard for wireless inductive charging. They came up with Qi wireless charging standard, which is an open interface standard for wireless transfers of power between compatible devices and combines induction and resonance technologies to transmit power between a transmitter and receiver. The Qi standard specifies for inductive transfers of power up to 5 W by inductive coupling between two planar coils to transfer power from the power transmitter to the power receiver.
Despite alternatives, namely A4WP and PMA standards, Qi has now been established as the universal wireless charging standard. As the technology matured, the WPC was joined by and the Qi standard embraced by hundreds more of manufacturers, deepening the pool of technical expertise and strengthening the standard. In a recent milestone event Qi has finally been endorsed and adopted by Apple Inc. It incorporated the Qi wireless charging technology in its newest generation of iPhones (iPhone 8 and iPhone X) and the AirPower charging mat. Today Qi wireless charging technology can be found in a variety of household products such as Ikea branded household furnishings as well as in public venues such as coffee shops, airports, and restaurants. This explosive growth of wireless charger devices is further fueled by a wide adoption of wireless charging by car manufacturers and furniture makers. For more info visit: www.marvelcases.com
The project and product
So here I was trying to free the iPhones of their cords. As introduced above, the technology itself is an open standard, and all the specifications and requirements are given by the Qi standard. The plan was to take this existing technology and put it in a case that is functional as well as attractive. So I contacted one of the smaller members of the WPC who specializes in wireless transmitter and receiver components and obtained a prototype receiver that can be used in a phone case. Designing the case itself was the biggest challenge and I needed help from product design consultants. After inspecting hundreds of regular phone cases, weighing the pros and cons of each design and materials, and considering the addition of our wireless charger into the candidate designs, we settled on the current design. Marvelcase Air is a Qi standard wireless charger case that is also tough and protective, while being beautifully slim and elegant. The acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and polycarbonate shell is a hard material that is easy to mold and provides excellent impact resistance and sheer strength. That means it is a more suitable material for molding the spaces and cavities to house our wireless charger receiver components as well as for providing impact protection for them and the phone. The special rubber coating is an additional layer of protection because it gives the case abrasion resistance, but the main reason for this choice of material is that it gives it a good grip and a luxurious silky feel.
Now that we have production ready prototypes that have been extensively tested and proven to conform to the Qi wireless charging standard, we are ready to roll out the Marvelcase Air and free up the millions of existing iPhone 7s and 7 Pluses (roughly 210 million units sold worldwide). We decided to stick with our existing partner since they have the expertise in the technical components as well as mass production facilities for plastic injection molding. We are ready to go, but there is a small catch. In order to comply with the minimum order quantity of our partner factory and also in order to keep the costs down by producing thousands of units at a time, we need more funding. We are seeking support from the members of the Kickstarter community who understand and support enterprise and share the pioneering spirit of a start-up business. By pre-ordering the Marvelcase Air you will not only help us a big deal, but also get to save on the purchase by enjoying an almost 40% discount off the retail price. If you do not own an iPhone 7, you can pre-order a Marvelcase Air as a cool gift to someone just in time for Christmas or just give us the Big Like donation.
Other Ways You Can Help
You can show us your approval and support by helping us to get the word out. Social media and digital marketing have become very expensive these days and we are very reluctant to waste our limited resources in mass marketing. Sharing our campaign on your social media page is a bigger help than it seems. Assuming that one has an average of 100 social media contacts, only 10 persons sharing our post can balloon into becoming visible to 1,000 people. The multiplier effect is huge and it is worth more than any automated sponsored ad by Facebook or Google.
Completion of the project
We decided that it is best not to drag on the process any longer than necessary and thus set the funding amount and funding period to the bare minimum. We hope to raise at least the required amount of funds in this period, so that we get our partner factory to start the production by mid-November. If we can achieve it, then the production will be completed by around early December and and we can ship out the pre-orders just in time for Christmas. Of course we will keep you updated on the timeline. Once again thank you for your trust and support.
Risks and challenges
Because the project has matured to the production stage, we have overcome most of the risks and resolved all of our known challenges, however risk means unexpected and/or unforeseen. It is a good idea to consider the unlikely events and scenarios.
Product Risks: As far as the product risks, we have already verified that all materials used in the product and packaging are commonly used materials proven to be harmless and allowed in consumers products in the United States and abroad. The only risk that exists relating to the product is premature obsolescence in the unlikely event of the Qi standard being updated in the near future and a new generation chargers following unexpectedly quickly which may or may not be compatible with the Marvelcase Air. However, such a scenario is highly unlikely in the expected useful lifetime of our product, which is 2-3 years until iPhone 7 start becoming obsolete.
Production Risks: We have full confidence in our partner factory, because they already have the expertise and capacity in producing our product. Our partner factory specializes in wireless charger transmitter and receiver components, and batteries. Besides components, their main products are wireless charger pads, mobile power banks, and power bank cases. Thus barring a truly unexpected event such as a natural disaster or war, the risks to our production are extremely low. The only risk to production is production delay due to insufficient order quantity. If the Marvelcase Air project does not attract sufficient number of supporters and unable to raise the required funds, there could be delays to initiating the production order and thus delivery. We are considering that contingency and working hard to raise back up funds to allow a timely production and delivery of our product.
Be among the very first users of Marvelcase Air for iPhone 7 - Maroon
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Shipments will start as soon the inventory arrives at around Thanksgiving. Hopefully we will make it before Thanksgiving.
MarvelCase Air Qi Wireless Charging Case for iPhone 7 - Maroon
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