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.
Start training right with the NetKnight™ - a high-quality smartphone-controlled HOCKEY shooter tutor that allows players of all ages to practice in their driveway or on the ice. It's great for any player that wants to fine-tune their skills from beginner to expert. Using a SMARTPHONE, the user can control how quickly the opening changes and even hold one spot open for as long as they want. This forces the shooter to always keep their eyes up while shooting, just like they need to in a game. This is a great tool/toy that allows everyone to have FUN while training.
When I was a kid I always wanted a “ROBOTIC” goalie so I could perfect my scoring ability and have fun doing it. I had a standard shooter tutor tarp but after a few hundred shots it starting getting easy because I would predetermine what hole to shoot at and adjust my body and stick accordingly. Even after perfecting my ability to score on a stationary tarp, I still only scored a low percentage of my shots in a game. As an adult, I decided to design and build the piece of equipment that was missing from my hockey training as a child. The NetKnight™ is a robust, dynamic shooting system that will allow players of all ages to have fun while improving their skills.
Color Voting for Plastic Panels:
Black - Red - White
All backers will get to vote on the final panel color. They are shown in white but they could be made in Black, Red or White.
We want you to have the highest quality product possible. Here are the component specifications:
- Ballistic Nylon Shell: 2 Ballistic Nylon tarps house the moving internal components.
- High-Density Plastic Components: Made out of similar material to actual hockey boards, these components are built to last.
- Bluetooth Circuit Card: Allows you to control the system from your smartphone. Choose between continuous, random or manual mode to customize your training experience. At TOP speed, all five panels will open and close once every 5 seconds. The app allows parents to change the speed of the motor so younger players can learn at their OWN PACE.
- Cam Lock Straps: Quick-release allows you to attach the system to a goal while the Zamboni is cleaning the ice.
- High-Strength Mounting Hardware
- Power: AA batteries or standard wall outlet. Using 8-AA batteries, the NetKnight™ lasts for 3-6+ hours depending on the mode selected, so you’ll have plenty of juice if you use the NetKnight™ during practice or a pick-up game. If you’re training in your driveway or basement, you can plug in to a standard wall outlet.
In the video, we are controlling the NetKnight™ from a smartphone via Bluetooth. See our prototype gallery for an explicit demo using our CUSTOM app to control the system.
We want you to have your NetKnight™ by November 2017. Here’s the plan:
May: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends to help bring the NetKnight™ to life.
June: Finalize the design details with the manufacturers.
July/August: Build tooling for injection molds (14 molds) and place bulk orders for each component (ballistic nylon tarps, molded parts, Bluetooth circuit card, power adapters, battery cases, nuts, and bolts).
September: Verify quality of the bulk ordered components by subjecting components to stress tests and, of course, shooting pucks at them!
October: Give suppliers the go ahead to produce large quantities of each component.
November: Begin shipping orders to our earliest backers. We GREATLY appreciate YOUR support.
Hockey Puck Stress Ball Reward
Any pledge amount gets us closer to our goal of bringing the NetKnight™ to life. We know not everyone plays hockey so please share this with your friends and family that do and help us get the word out. Help us score big by backing the NetKnight™.
Last but not least we wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your help!
Risks and challenges
No one wants to wait for a great product so we’ll be sourcing the components from the suppliers we’ve used in the past, the same suppliers that produced the components for the prototype shown in the video. Over the past couple years we’ve upgraded almost every aspect of the design so the NetKnight™ would be ready for Kickstarter and, more importantly, ready for YOU. Although we’ve been diligent thus far, here are some of the risks involved in meeting our delivery schedule:
MANUFACTURING: This is a risk for any mass produced product and we are no exception. We will be at the mercy of our suppliers so if they have a large backlog or make a mistake, it could delay our delivery. We do have a small buffer built into our schedule, so there’s also a chance we will ship early!
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes you plan and plan and plan, but things pop up that you just didn’t foresee or someone makes a mistake. We’ll be testing small batches of our components before they are mass produced to help eliminate potential errors and ensure you receive a quality product on time. If a mistake is made, we will keep our backers informed and will be working night and day to meet our commitment to our backers.
SHIPPING: Not Included
Shipping information and cost will be collected once the item is ready to ship. Please contact us for a quote.
We are willing to ship to countries not listed in the rewards. Please contact us with your country for availability and a shipping quote.
Estimated Delivery: Once production is complete for all orders, we will provide updates on shipping dates. As you know, with international shipping there can be unpredictable delays that are out of our control, however, we will do our absolute best to ship based on the predicted time frame.