After being frustrated with using a tablet and not having adequate storage to hold accessories like power cords, stylist, headphones, etc. I decided to design a durable and functional case to solve this dilemma in a stylish and eco-friendly manner.
I knew I could develop a case that would be functional, stylish and eco-friendly. After a bunch of prototyping this is my latest version almost ready for production.
For your support in this project we will reward you with first run of the upcycled bike tube tablet sling cases and other sweet Green Guru Gear made from upcycled bicycle tubes in Boulder Colorado. You will be helping make a difference recycling more bicycle tubes with every bit of support. The more we raise the more tubes are recycled. You can see more about our company here www.GreenGuruGear.com and follow us on facebook here www.facebook.com/greengurugear.
The initial concept was to have a case that offered padded protection to the tablet as well as help organize and protect accessories that I needed to take along with me. I started sketching different concepts and configurations. I explored different ways to get the tablet in and out of the case as well as different shapes.
I knew I wanted it to be as eco-friendly as possible, as well as durable and water resistant. That influenced me to make it out of upcycled bike tubes and recycled fabrics in the USA. From growing up working at a bike shop, I know how many tubes are thrown away every day and I wanted to reduce that impact of an activity I love.
Once I determined what general design and materials I wanted the case to be made of, I started the prototyping process. The initial prototypes were rough, but functional.
I then realized I needed to have some type of carrying handle to transport the case easily. So I included a haul handle on top.
After thinking about it further I started to want to carry the case by itself outside of a bag.
I determined it also needed to have a shoulder strap so that it could be slung over my shoulder for walking long distances or for my bike ride to work or the coffee shop.
After sketching out a variety of concepts, I have been able to develop a few prototypes.
What makes this products so special is that it is constructed of used bike tubes that would normally go to waste. Being an avid cyclist this was a great way to reduce my impacts from getting all those flat tires and at the same time have a material that was durable, water resistant and looked classy like leather.
The outside is made of upcycled bike tubes for style and to shed the rain.
The back will have 100% recycled PET fabric with water resistant coating that when it is against your shirt or skin it will be soft to touch and not hot. There will be 4 triangle rings to allow for a wide range of attachments to the strap or other bags.
Risks and challenges
Our sling is just finishing up with its developmental stage with a few prototypes and some fine tuning needed. After we settle on the design we will design the tooling for the die cutting process. Once that is complete we will be ready to move into production! We are very excited to start delivering these to the masses and facing challenges along the way.
The Sling Case is being made from upcycled materials which we source from local bike shops along with recycled fabrics. We are pretty well set for materials, but realize that we need to account for the initial volume of sales.
This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to fine tune the product with additional prototyping and development, pay for tooling costs and go into production. We tackle all of our challenges as a team at Green Guru. All of our products are rigorously tested, and re-designed for each new model year, so we anticipate feedback on our Tablet Sling through our Campaign that will influence how we market/change our product for an eventual mass market release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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