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.
About this project
Never waste another frustrating minute untangling or fighting cord clutter. Budsband is the clever cord organizer that enables you to securely wrap your earbuds and charger cords, keeping them tangle-free plus neat and organized. Without a bulky spool or unsafe fasteners.
Convenient, "built-in" design - it's the only one that lives unobtrusively on the plug - you can’t misplace it. Conveniently always there when you're on-the-go.
Unique (patented), simple, fastener-free design makes it the tiniest and lightest.
Quick release - no unwinding.
Fast and easy
Sleek and colorful - complements your cord and phone.
Priced much less than other organizers.
Now, Made in the U.S.A.
Good Widget Company Smile Guarantee. We are confident you will love Budsband or we will happily refund your purchase. Just contact us within 30 days of receipt to request return authorization. Also, we have a One Year Replacement Guarantee. Just contact us within one year of shipping with a photo showing any breakage and we will happily ship you a replacement at no charge.
Your Budsbands will ship in quality retail packaging - 4 per package - all in the same color. Also, we are offering a muti-color pack, which will include one of each color: Black, White, Blue and Lime Green.
As mentioned, Budsbands will be packaged in attractive retail packages - 4 Budsbands per package. The choices will include 4 of the same color (e.g. 4 Black), plus one choice containing one of each color. After the Kickstarter ends, we will send out a survey allowing you to select your colors.
Budsband version 1.0 successfully launched on Kickstarter in late 2014 thanks to our backers. Like version 1.0, we have mitigated the risk for backers by building and testing the expensive production tooling prior to launch. Before asking you to back us, we think it's important to show we have invested significant time and money to ensure you receive a quality product on schedule. Also, here are the relevant metrics from our last Budsband V1.0 project.
Over 2,000 backers. Over $40,000 raised - 800% of our funding goal.
Shipped the majority on time - despite the huge number of orders, quality issues from China and a port strike in the U.S.
Backers surveyed loved the product - over 95% were extremely satisfied to satisfied. The few percent unsatisfied cited quality issues which were related to manufacturing in China.
Top selling on Amazon - among hundreds of competing organizers.
We all have multiple charger cords (average 4 per person) for different places and many have multiple earbuds. Select the "Gifts" pledge level to to get a price as low as $1.50 per Budsband.
Much Lower Price As Low as $1.50 per Budsband
We are switching to a new high volume manufacturing process to decrease our cost. And passing the savings to you.
Highest Quality The new manufacturing process is liquid silicone injection molding, which produces consistent, high quality parts. Plus, American quality processes and standards are better than offshore alternatives.
Reduced Environmental Impact
U.S. environmental regulations are much stricter. Plus, we're now making the product close to the majority of our customers - not shipping air freight from China. And each package now includes 4 Budsbands not 2.
Support Local Jobs By backing, you are the ones bringing the jobs back. After years of brutal offshore price competition, U.S. molding companies need your support.
Support a Women Owned Small Molding Company Our molder was founded by two women – one of the few women owned molders in the entire U.S. Without their unique focus on small, entrepreneurial companies, like ours, our project would not be possible. Without small molders working with other small companies, like ours, there would have been no choice but to go offshore.
Make an Impact to Make a Product Made in the U.S.A. Most people would prefer to buy "Made in the U.S.A” versus China, if given a choice at a good price. And our price is lower than the others made in China. By backing, you are making a difference.
This is our second Kickstarter. At Good Widget Company we make innovative products to solve annoying everyday problems. And hopefully we make your digital life more tolerable.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we are in the middle of the Rust Belt, where lots of stuff like our product used to be made. We are determined to show that molded products can still be made locally and economically.
The company was started by an experienced entrepreneur, Ed Farrell, and a professional graphic designer, Kevin Ryan. We have extensive background in successfully bringing new products to market as an entrepreneur and as a graphic designer bringing other entrepreneurs' dreams to reality. Kevin’s day job is for Alfajango.com where he helps software entrepreneurs build their startups.
Customs and Duties
The backer is responsible for all taxes required in their country, if applicable.
Given we will be shipping worldwide, it is not possible for us to collect any of these taxes and they are the backer’s responsibility, if they are required in your country. Our prices do not include any taxes (Duties, VAT, GST or other country specific taxes). Since it is not legal for shippers to mark items as “gifts”, we will not be doing this. And do you really want to back a company with such a flexible moral compass?
Other Legal Stuff
United States Patent number 9,340,341. PCT International Patent Application WO2015120414. We closely monitor worldwide markets for infringement of our intellectual property and will enforce our rights to the fullest extent of the law.
Caution: Choking hazard. Keep out of reach of children under 6.
Budsband is a trademark of Good Widget Company.
Apple, iPhone, Lightning are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.
Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter. Our first shipped the majority on schedule despite Chinese manufacturing issues and a huge west coast port strike that delayed arrival of the product. We know a lot more now. And we are making in America to eliminate the previous issues we encountered. But there are always risks.
MANUFACTURING RISK - Can we make the product?
Yes, we already built, revised and tested the production tool. Even simple stuff is more complicated to make than it appears.
That is why we invested six months of time and money up front to build and test both a prototype tool and the production tool. And numerous silicones. We know we can make quality product. Can we still experience issues in production? Yes, it's possible but unlikely. The biggest risk is material supply delays which could result from a much larger number of backers than expected. And if we do experience any issues, we will solve the problem and communicate with you via updates.
FULFILLMENT RISK - Can we package and ship?
We have a fulfillment partner who has the capacity to ship thousands of packages in a few days. To keep shipping costs affordable, we are using USPS to ship both in the U.S. and Internationally. There is limited tracking available. The postal services do a great job and it is rare that they lose a package, but it happens.