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By David Iiams
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What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Our new Parasol Pets®, Pet Bed we call the "Tropical Retreat", is designed in the USA to be Clean, Comfortable, and Uniquely Attractive.  It consists of 4 unique elements:

1. Our beautiful, Moss Green cushion is made of velvety suede cloth and memory foam molded into a comfortable, secure shape. The cushion was designed by an internationally acclaimed women’s apparel manufacturer. It is comfortable, and holds its shape throughout many washings. The cushion fits neatly into a our White Base poly base.

2. The White Base is encircled by an attractive vine design. It brings to mind a carved stone pedestal. It has an internal air chamber to insulate from cold or damp surfaces. This poly base is made of High Density Polyurethane, the same safe, and durable material as lawn furniture and some drinking cups.

3. Topping off this attractive pet bed is a beautiful Palm Leaf Umbrella, inspired by a tropical palm frond. Your pet will feel secure and sheltered in a place of comfort. Customers have said it is much more than a pet bed, "it's a Little Cabana, a Tropical Retreat". 

4. Connecting these artistic components is Powder Spray-Painted, Steel Tubing. It is a moss green in color. This sturdy tubing supports the umbrella and connects it to the base.

Scientific Research Reveals:  

Ethologist Claudia Vinke of Utrecht University in the Netherlands is one of the latest researchers to study stress levels in shelter cats. Working with domestic cats in a Dutch animal shelter, Vinke provided hiding boxes for a group of newly arrived cats while depriving another group of them entirely. She found a significant difference in stress levels between cats that had the boxes and those that didn’t. In effect, the cats with boxes got used to their new surroundings faster, were far less stressed early on, and were more interested in interacting with humans. *Adapted from an article at: https://www.wired.com/2015/02/whats-up-with-cats-and-boxes/

 So there you have it: stress-relieving, comfort zones—places where cats can hide, relax, sleep, and occasionally launch a sneak attack against the huge, unpredictable apes they live with. Sounds like you need a Parasol Pets® Umbrella Bed –The stress relieving pet bed.  * Excerpt from a Blogger, Madwire Contributor.

Parasol Pets®, Umbrella Pet Bed relieves stress with a comfy suede cloth cushion, a sturdy insulating base, and the shelter of a 26" Umbrella. 

Risks and challenges

In the early stages we had several design challenges. Because we overcame them in an innovative way, we were granted 2 US Design Patents.

Attaching an umbrella to a pet bed was challenging. I first thought of using PCV pipe attached to a plastic base. However, I decided to use steel for its durability. Our design engineer, determined which gage steel tubing possessed the proper tensile strength to bend an not fold or collapse.

I insisted the base must be attractive and not plain. We decided on a vine design with leaves so detailed the vanes were depicted. As all materials must pass US safety regulations, we choose polyurethane plastic for the base. It is super durable, easy to clean, and the most widely used plastic in the world.

One challenge was developing a seamless cushion which fits precisely and snugly inside the base. This issue was solved by using a heat molding process. Suede cloth and memory foam were heat pressed to fit snugly and precisely into the base. The results is a product which is seamless, washable, and will hold its shape for years.

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    The 24 Steps Bringing My Idea to Reality

    You will receive a PDF Document by e-mail of the 24 steps we took (tips & cautions) to bringing our product from idea to reality. Learn valuable tips on why we applied for and were granted 2 US Patents on our concepts. Valuable for anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit. SHARE THIS KICKSTARTER LINK WITH A FRIENDS TO HELP US ACHIEVE A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN.

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    Parasol Pets “Pink Gerber Daisy” Bed

    Get 1 of our Original (existing) Parasol Pets®, "Pink Gerber Daisy" Umbrella Pet Beds - With a strikingly attractive Pink Gerber Daisy Umbrella and Pink Luxury Cushion™ of suede cloth and memory foam. Made for cats and dogs under 15 lbs. The suede cloth cushion is easy to clean and comfortable for your pet. Enjoy it for your pet or as a Great gift for friends and family. SHARE THIS KICKSTARTER LINK WITH A FRIENDS TO HELP US ACHIEVE A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN.

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    "Tropical Retreat" Green Palm Bed

    Be the first to get our new KICKSTARTER Parasol Pets®, “Tropical Retreat” Green Palm Bed. Our lovely Palm Design Umbrella & Green Luxury Cushion™ of suede cloth & memory foam is designed for cats and small dogs under 15 lbs. The suede cloth cushion is easy to clean and comfortable for your pet. Enjoy it for your pet or as a thoughtful gift for friends and family. SHARE THIS KICKSTARTER LINK WITH A FRIENDS TO HELP US ACHIEVE A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN.

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    Double Your Pleasure 2 is better than 1.

    Get two umbrellas: 1-Pink Gerber Daisy Umbrella, and 1-Green Palm Umbrella. Also: 1-Pink & 1-Green suede cloth luxurious cushion. And, 2-White vine encircled Bases with steel mounting tubing. The suede cloth cushions are easy to clean and comfortable for your pet. Enjoy it for your pet or as a thoughtful gift for friends and family. SHARE THIS KICKSTARTER LINK WITH A FRIENDS TO HELP US ACHIEVE A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN.

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    4-Pack Umbrella Beds (Gifts for Friends)

    Your choice of colors, Green Palm or existing Pink Gerber Daisy, or any combination of the 2.
    The suede cloth cushion is easy to clean and comfortable for your pet. Enjoy it for your pet or as a Great gift for friends and family.

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    Give To No Kill Adoption Center

    Pledge $200 and we will deliver a case of 10 Luxury Cushions ($300 value) to www.waysidewaifs.org
    "Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest no kill pet adoption campus in Kansas City, placing approximately 5,400 animals each year. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized."

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