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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 15 2018

About

Less than a year ago a postal carrier delivered parcels to my door several times in the course of a week that could not fit in my mailbox. I realized then how much their workload had changed with our increasing appetite for home delivery. It dawned on me that somebody needed to reinvent the mailbox. Today we are putting the final touches on a smart IOT device that will alert you via Alexa and beyond. Help us bring this amazing outdoor appliance to life!

The Mailbox Sentinel does far more than protect your parcels and your identity. It's an interactive device that guards and communicates both day and night from your homes first point of entry. Imagine capturing all the activity that surrounds your mailbox via motion detection day and night. You now have the ability to view what is happening at your residence from the perspective of the street. MBS enables you to speak to carriers or anyone else as if you were actually there and is an amazing outdoor appliance that will save you frustration and time.

Just as an elite soldier wears a beret so does the Mailbox Sentinel. We designed the top portion of the MBS to symbolize security and strength and made certain that it would direct rainwater away from all openings.
Just as an elite soldier wears a beret so does the Mailbox Sentinel. We designed the top portion of the MBS to symbolize security and strength and made certain that it would direct rainwater away from all openings.

  

Letters are protected by the rear parcel door that unlocks when a homeowner’s associated smartphone is recognized.
Letters are protected by the rear parcel door that unlocks when a homeowner’s associated smartphone is recognized.

 

The front door unlocks each time the rear receiving door is opened to ensure it is ready for the next delivery. Should more than one delivery occur before the contents are removed, the front delivery door can also be opened remotely.
The front door unlocks each time the rear receiving door is opened to ensure it is ready for the next delivery. Should more than one delivery occur before the contents are removed, the front delivery door can also be opened remotely.

The Mailbox Sentinel is similar in size to decorative curbside masonry mailboxes yet functions far superior as a receiving and returns device. Custom wrap options are also available for an additional charge for those who desire to match the exterior of their home. 

  • Features front and rear video surveillance with two way audio
  • Videos can be stored in the cloud such as Ring and Nest devices
  • Interior of the cabinet and address placards illuminate at night
  • Remote lock and unlock features make deliveries and returns easy
  • MBS is a keyless device that unlocks when paired devices approach

 

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The receiving side of the Sentinel’s Beret (top left of unit) stands upright, watching the rear and offers a clear sight path for mail and parcels when they are collected. Our complete design philosophy was to keep it simple yet sternly sophisticated.
The receiving side of the Sentinel’s Beret (top left of unit) stands upright, watching the rear and offers a clear sight path for mail and parcels when they are collected. Our complete design philosophy was to keep it simple yet sternly sophisticated.

The Mailbox Sentinel has a durable powder coat finish and is made of non-corrosive 1/8-inch aluminum and 14-gauge stainless steel. Its robust in every detail and is a functionally propitious IOT device.

  • Will be valued for its service and reliability as a homes best outdoor appliance
  • The parts that appear painted are made of aluminum and the parts that are not are made of stainless
  • MBS has Provisional Patents for utility and design and relies on the legal expertise of Optima Law Group with offices both in CA. and CO. USA 

 

With your support, we begin with a soft launch in Texas

  • Using Facebook we will target single-family households by zip code local to our production area utilizing demographics to develop interest for MBS
  • This campaign will direct early adopters to our website and call center partner to ensure our marketing management
  • The following (audio) offers the intro that every caller will hear along with the info bites that play periodically should a customer continue to hold
 
This is how we build an army of Mailbox Sentinels
This is how we build an army of Mailbox Sentinels

Here's What Happens Next

The Mailbox Sentinel 2.2 is complete mechanically and ready to manufacture. We have an initial production capacity of 200 units per month with access to partners to support scaling the business nationally. We will immediately begin Facebook campaigns to schedule placements with early MBS adopters. Simultaneously the technical design phase will be completed as we work to ignite the business.

Critical Path For Launching

  • Find seed capital to finalize the technical design and fund a technical hardware production run
  • Focus on targeting end users local to our operations to ensure we can be responsive to all challenges encountered
  • Get a feel for the business and finalize all processes prior to expanding nationally
  • Build the companies evaluation through a proper sales and leadership approach
The video below offers technical insight into what we are working to complete. We will keep you updated on our progress as some of the features mentioned may not initially be available such as remote signing and barcode recognition. Should you choose to be an early adopter we will make every effort that you are satisfied with our products functionality.

A Blurb About Us 

All content, product designs, and prototype assemblies were completed at our designer's farm home in Poolville, Texas. The sheep heard baaing in the videos was not rehearsed. Emery is our designer's daughter, his name is Brian and we have been friends since high school. Neither of us attended a name brand college but we have acquired a wealth of business experience being active entrepreneurs. We both completed trade school programs, Brian in CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) and me in Power Technology. The voice in all content is mine and my son Blake was 15 when he compiled our "How It's Made Video" from footage that we recorded with an iPad. Early access is available to those that generously pledge $25 or more. This video reveals how much our product and branding has evolved in the past five months and also reveals our branding blunder where you can learn what we first named the MBS.

Brian currently works contract offering his design expertise as I work to develop our MBS business that to this date is 100% funded and owned by us. My amazing wife Lisa is an OT (Occupational Therapist) and has been my rock for 35 years. Brian and his wife Sheree have also been together nearly as long, Sheree works the farm with their two school-aged boys and can often be found peddling their goods at a local farmers market.

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Risks and challenges

Maybe we should have done something less but we wanted to do something great first, besides we can always do that later. Maybe we should have hired an agency to polish our videos but then our raw inspiration would be lacking. We anticipate barriers to HOA communities but have plenty of others to market to first. We understand that we are less suited for heavy snow regions, that being said our immediate market is sunny.

We wish we knew better what the exact cost is going to be to acquire the new customer, but at this point, we have to begin marketing to know. We must hold true to our core values of being a product functionalistic company, not a product featuristic company as that could be paralyzing. We can't be afraid to share our ideas, because if we fail to plant them they may never grow.

The immediate open water is this campaign and could be where our vision sinks or swims. Either way, we still see success on the horizon. At a minimum, we'll always have a cool mailbox as a reminder that we are daring entrepreneurs.

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    Get passes for two to attend our launch party Saturday, April 14th from Noon til 3 PM CST at the Revolver Brewery in Granbury, TX. Come meet Brian, Emery, and Jeff for an afternoon of music & fun. For those that cannot attend in person, we will stream the event live. Come take part in our "Kickstarter Brews Life" photo opts. Go to revolverbrewing.com to check it out!

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    Buy Now Save $400 + Free Shipping

    Reserve your spot to become an MBS Early Adopter. Shipments starting May 14th. Free shipping for first 10 backers in the contiguous U.S.A.

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    Get 1 of 3 MBS 2.2's Ever Shipped

    Your confidence helps us build inventories for all the components needed to build MBS 2.2
    to include engineered packing materials, tech hardware, and assembly hardware items. In return, we will ship the MBS 2.2 fully assembled and help you coordinate the installation. In Addition, you will have VIP paid accommodations for the weekend of our Launch Party Saturday, April 14th in beautiful Granbury TX. Travel expenses not included but the beer at Revolver Brewing is. Take personal pics with Brian, Emery, and Jeff for the Kickstarter Brews Life Photo opt.

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