In a blink of an eye, there are computers built into glasses and I Pads that weigh less than a pound. Sure, the world is becoming more efficient and high tech, but has anyone ever stopped to think about what makes these aspects of technology possible to operate in the first place? It’s the power strip! So naturally you would expect the power strip to keep up with the advancements of technology? Ironically, typical power strips are bulky, poorly designed, and are not compatible for a world that runs off of smart phones. In fact, the power strip has not been updated in over 50 years! What if power strips had enough room for bulky outlets and a conveniently placed USB port? What if you could decide exactly how many plugs you want to use and control each individual outlet?
We, Modularity Incorporated, aim to make this a reality.
What have we been doing for the past two and a half weeks weeks?
Aside from promoting our Kickstarter campaign, we have been hard at work! Modularity is now a fully formed LLC, recognized by the state of New Jersey. We have submitted out invention disclosure form for review to become a full fledged patent and best of all we have developed a working prototype! We can now introduce some new rewards, INCLUDING THE FINAL PRODUCT, thanks to our working prototype.
What features will the final - Version 4 Modu-Strip have that the Version 3 does not?
-The Circuit breaker module will possess three outlets in order to optimize the number of ways that you can orient the Modu-Strip.
-Add a second USB port to all USB Modu-Blocks
-Add an outlet on the top of all the original Modu-Blocks
-A switch and Bluetooth/Wifi capabilities for all of the Modu-Blocks so that they can be controlled by an App.
-All Blocks (except the Circuit Breaker Module) being the same size.
-We will feature customizable length extension chords
-Make all outlets 3 prongs so that they are completely grounded.
Our goal is to create a bundle of Modu-Blocks that can be used as a permanent substitute for the typical household power strip. Some features will include:
• A Modu-Block that has 2 USB chargers on it.
• An outlet of the top of each Modu-Block so cumbersome plugs don't take up more than one outlet.
• The option of choosing the amount of outlets you want to use at one time, making it more personalized.
• Wifi capabilities that will allow you to control any connected outlet right from your phone via the "Modu-Strip App"
Within the next six months, we hope to have a fully functional business, but there is a long road we have to travel to get there. First, we need to raise $10,000 as a requirement to enter an incubator that is being run through Stevens Institute of Technology. These funds will also help us create our final prototype, which we hope to take to the market. Second, we need to finalize the patent pending we currently have. Last, but certainly not least, we will start making as many connections and try to get our product into retail stores. If all goes as planned, the Modu-Strip should be on the market within a few months.
We have three models including a working prototype, but we need your support in order to develop a final product worthy of selling on the market
The next few images are some of our original designs drawn in a CAD program. These are also what our 3D prints are based on.
The Modu-Strip started off as a project for a class at Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken NJ. The class, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, required teams of students to develop a prototype for a product they feel would be useful. Our team (Modularity Incorporated) brainstormed several ideas before arriving at the Modu-Strip. After developing the idea, we used a CAD program to develop a sketch of our prototype, and printed a 3D printed cutout of our product to give it an extra kick. Our small 3D model ended up receiving overwhelming feedback from both students and faculty, and we decided it could be more than just a school project. The idea exploded, and with the help of faculty at Stevens, we are now here attempting to make our idea a reality.
How can you help?
The only way to make new products is with money so that’s where you come in. Donations are absolutely crucial in order for us to final prototype of the Modu-strip. As of right now, we only have crude working prototypes that demonstrate the potential of the Modu-Strip. With your generous donations, we hope to create a final product that will be showcased to future company executives, thus giving companies a better representation of the Modu-Blocks.
As soon as we have earned enough funds, our mission to create a final prototype will begin with the help of Steven’s faculty and selected students. We have recruited an electrical engineer to help us design the electrical components of the system along with a computer engineer to help us design an app that will accompany the Modu-Blocks. Lastly, we have gained a systems engineer who will help optimize our design as well as draw out preliminary plans to manufacture the Modu-Strips. We expect to work through the summer and have a final prototype, which will include a USB Block, 2 Original Modu-Blocks, and a Command Block.
Good deeds have good payoffs. We want to reward you for your generosity in donating to Modu-Strip.
You will receive good karma for your donation as well as a hand written thank you note for your kindness :D
The actor who played Morgan Freedman will record a message (up to 200 Characters) using the professional recording studio on the Stevens Campus. He will say ANYTHING you want. You also get everything above.
We will produce a custom T-Shirt with a picture of the Modu-Blocks as well as our Slogan "With the Modu-Strip, the power is in your hands".(See picture of T-Shirt for more info). You also get everything above.
-At $25 - Early Bird Special/$30
Thank you for your donation! You have the honor of being one of the first to receive a 5 piece working final model! You will receive:
Thank you for your donation! You will receive a 3 piece concept model set - that is, only the 3D printed plastic models featured in our video.
Like our idea? Have a bunch of USB based devices? Check out the extra USB model.
For those of you who have some serious power needs. You'll receive the final version of everything pictured below.
Thank you for your donation! You will receive a 5 piece concept model set. This model will be our Version 2.0 Model that features full sized model that were 3D printed using Stevens' very own 3D printers.
The Modu-Block is supposed to be something that you want, so we want to hear your feedback. By donating $80, you will be able to propose new ideas for the Modu-Blocks as well as vote on ideas proposed by others. The voting will take place via a Google Doc that you will be specially invited to join. You will also receive a five piece concept model Modu-Block set as seen in the 50 dollar reward.
Creating a successful, organized, interesting Kickstarter campaign is hard work. We had much help along the way especially in the way of artistic development. All of our pictures and our video was directed and edited by Joe Strokusz who served as the artistic director on this project. He has volunteered to speak to you as well as aid in the artistic development of your project, Kickstarter or otherwise. You will also receive a 5 piece concept model set as seen in the 50 dollar reward..
You are the ultimate backer. Modularity Incorporated will take you and one guest out to a nice Hibachi dinner. If you're not from around Hoboken, we will set up a camera and take you out to a Skype Hibachi dinner. Either way we will listen to whatever ideas you have for anything Modu-Strips or otherwise.
Risks and challenges
While none of us have industry experience, we are at one of the top engineering universities in the United States and needless to say, we have already had faculty members volunteer to help us create a create our product. If any other setbacks arise we will have a entire university to consult to help solve our problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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