Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 18, 2014.
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What does RollScout™ do?
The bright flashing light catches your eye as you enter the restroom, if the smartphone alert did not. You change the roll. You go in peace! Simple.
Businesses will love the connected features! Use Smartphone Alerts and the Web Dashboard to know about your restroom situation before your customers do!
Getting stuck in a bathroom with no toilet paper is frustrating. Surely you don't want to be in this situation.
Yes, you can visually inspect the roll before using the toilet. But are we all always that vigilant? What about our guests? Especially in the urgency of 'those' moments.
RollScout™ puts an end to those annoying lapses. RollScout™ warns you when there's not enough paper on the roll through a bright and noticeable flashing light that draws your attention. So you can change the roll beforehand.
No more yelling through the door for reinforcements. No more awkward situations. RollScout™ makes your bathroom smarter, more peaceful, and, if we may be so bold, more beautiful. Its clean, minimalistic lines and luxurious finishes will complement any decor while its function will save many a relationship.
If you are out of paper, you'll not miss it! The seemingly docile warning light on RollScout™ contains a beast within. The warning light is powered by an array of super bright 1100 mcd rated LEDs. These babies can draw the attention of even the most oblivious among us before they sit down.
Great for Business!
An inconvenient bathroom experience can leave a very bad taste in your customer's mouth. Can you take that chance? RollScout™ gives you the opportunity to fix the situation before you read about it on Yelp.
Connectivity is now a standard feature!
You asked and we listened. While we had started with a simple device for home and business use, the outpouring of support and the clear need for automated updates is not lost on us. We are including these features.
Having discussed the challenge with our engineers and manufacturers, we can now confirm that RollScout will have network features and smartphone support! We have decided to add this as a standard feature and not a stretch goal.
This means that RollScout will be able to notify you via email, text, smartphone app, or through a web dashboard. RollScout will achieve this by connecting to your existing wifi network using an onboard ultra low power wireless module.
To preserve battery life, the wireless module will be triggered once when a roll needs replacing and then again when it has been replaced. By using the wifi module only twice for every roll change, and for a very short duration each time, RollScout will still manage to achieve phenomenal battery life.
While certainly useful for the home user, It will also make RollScout especially useful for small businesses, such as cafes and restaurants, that have public restrooms and are focused on providing the best customer experience possible. Both the smartphone app as well as the web dashboard will support multiple restrooms, which is a common scenario for several businesses.
While these features do add to our per unit cost, we are confident that the added functionality will attract more buyers, which in turn will make it a worthwhile investment for the future. Watch this space for further details!
How does it work?
Precise sensors continually monitor the roll
RollScout™ utilizes some of the best, most reliable infrared emitters and sensors to monitor the level of toilet paper on the roll. When this level falls below a set threshold, RollScout™ turns on its warning system, a pulsing ring of amber light bright enough to be noticeable even in daylight conditions.
Smart Battery Management
RollScout™ uses a smart ‘low duty cycle’ algorithm to maximize battery life. Simply put, RollScout™ wakes up once every few minutes to activate its sensors for a fraction of a second. If there is nothing to report, it goes back to sleep. If a warning is needed, it stays awake and checks every few seconds until the toilet paper roll is replaced. Under normal use, a battery will last 9-12 months. RollScout™ has a low battery warning that glows blue.
RollScout™ runs on a single A23 battery, which is included.
Simple 10 Minute Installation
Installing RollScout™ in your bathroom is a piece of cake. It comes with all the necessary hardware and includes a cardboard stencil, dry board anchors, screws, and battery. Install time is under 10 minutes once you have figured out where you want it.
We are obsessed with quality!
Our primary focus is on quality of craftsmanship. RollScout™ will be made with 100% pure brass to exceedingly stringent standards and tolerances that surpass those of leading luxury brands. Electronic components and sensors are sourced from the most reputed manufacturers that specialize in mission critical hardware.
What do we need funding for?
RollScout™ is past the design, provisional patent, 3D prototype, and testing stages. We have finished designing the circuitry and have successfully tested it in actual bathrooms with 3D printed ABS models.
Manufacturing a 100% brass, high quality bathroom accessory in premium finishes involves considerable setup costs, such as the cost of building dies for forging the RollScout frame and the cost of manufacturing custom Printed Circuit Boards. Funds from this campaign will be used towards these initial costs of production.
RollScout™ is production ready. We are working with US based manufacturers that specialize in premium electronic bathroom products such as electronic faucets for major brand names. All designs are complete and we are ready to roll once funding is secured!
With your help, we are ready to change the world in a small but amazing way! Let's get our bathrooms out of the dark ages!
$1 or more - Our sincere gratitude
Turning an idea into reality is impossible without the help of supporters like you. You will receive a personal thank you note from the RollScout™ team, updates on our progress, and advance notification when RollScout™ becomes publicly available.
$10 or more - Retro style RollScout™ logo magnet!
This cheeky RollScout™ logo magnet will start many a conversation in your kitchen or workplace. It will quietly hold up schedules, artwork, and other important things without getting tired. You will also receive a personal thank you note from the RollScout™ team, updates on our progress, and advance notification when RollScout™ becomes publicly available.
$25 or more - Limited edition RollScout™ logo T-Shirts!
You will receive the limited edition t-shirt made with premium cotton and adorned with the cheeky but classic design of the RollScout™ logo! Available in all men's and women's sizes. You will also receive a personal thank you note from the RollScout™ team, updates on our progress, and advance notification when RollScout™ becomes publicly available.
$49 or more - RollScout™ - in Pure Black
Introducing the RollScout™ Pure Black! A matte black finish keeps things low key and sophisticated. As we all know, black goes with everything!
$59 or more - RollScout™ - in Polished Chrome
You will receive the RollScout™ system finished in polished chrome. Chrome brings an everlasting design element, which is modern and classic at the same time.
$59 or more - RollScout™ - in Antique Bronze
You will receive the RollScout™ system finished in Antique Bronze. The bronze finish brings an element of old world elegance and provides a backdrop to the modern design and function of the RollScout™.
$59 or more - RollScout™ - in Brushed Nickel
You will receive the RollScout™ system finished in brushed nickel with a lacquered finish. This brings a modern metallic touch to your bathroom while remaining understated by 'shimmering' instead of 'shining'.
$79 or more - RollScout™ - in Premium Edition Ceramic White
You will receive the RollScout™ system finished in a high gloss Premium Edition Ceramic White. This modern finish brings bold futuristic style into your bathroom while maintaining a smooth persona.
You will receive the RollScout™ system in a real 14K Gold Plated finish. "Potty Like A Rockstar!" and be the envy of your friends and neighbors! Gold in the bathroom is not just for celebrities anymore.
We are a husband-wife team based out of Ann Arbor, MI. We are entrepreneurs, world travelers, and ardent animal lovers. We have a passion for making life simpler and for improving the world in any way that we can. We have brought many complex endeavors to fruition together and have every confidence in RollScout™.
Please do not hesitate to contact us about any questions that you may have about us or about RollScout™.
Rinkal holds advanced degrees in Economics and Network-centric computer programming. She has spent almost a decade successfully managing high profile projects for very demanding clients ranging from Hollywood studios to top financial institutions. She co-founded Vyoma ltd, a consulting firm, in London, UK.
Rinkal's relentless drive to keep milestones in focus and budgets in line will ensure that RollScout is built on time, to the highest specifications, and within our allotted budget.
Vivek holds a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has worked extensively on industry leading supply chains and is an expert in manufacturing and distribution processes. He has spent over 11 years managing technology platforms with industry stalwarts such as IBM and Sony in Detroit and Los Angeles , and has started successful businesses in Mumbai and London.
Vivek is focused on product design, manufacturing, and business development. He will ensure that RollScout™ is manufactured using state of the art processes, meets our stringent quality needs, and is shipped in an efficient and timely fashion.
Risks and challenges
Building a product that's new to the world always comes with inherent risks. Luckily, these risks are moderate to low for RollScout™.
Manufacturing brass bathroom accessories is an established industry that utilizes standard processes and technologies. Similarly, on the electronic components of RollScout, infrared sensor and emitter pairs are also standard components and are already utilized in mission critical applications around the world.
Setting up completely new manufacturing and assembly processes has a certain level of risk associated with it. For instance, there could be gaps between the design and the final product or there could be issues with quality and consistency of the manufactured product.
Thankfully, these risks are common across all manufacturing efforts and can be successfully managed.
This will require a close, collaborative relationship with our manufacturing partner and a fool proof quality assurance plan.
Our team has more than a decade of experience with supplier management, and with manufacturing. Our focus is on quality and we will manually test each unit in the initial production runs for our Kickstarter supporters before shipping it.
We have taken the time to thoroughly test and select the highest quality components. We are working with manufacturers with established expertise in building brass bathroom products, such as electronic faucets, that have integrated electronic components.
We are confident that we will be able to overcome these and other challenges in the manufacturing and distribution of RollScout™.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
True. But are we always so vigilant? I think everyone has faced a situation where they were stuck in a bathroom with no paper despite all the seemingly obvious solutions.
RollScout forces you to look at the toilet paper roll because of its bright flashing light. Instead of checking it every time, you can rely on RollScout to do the checking for you unfalteringly.
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