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.
Below is a demo of a prototype Kai in action!
How much battery life does Kai have?
Kai has roughly 6 hours of audio stream time. Seeing as each command takes roughly 30 seconds of stream time, Kai wil last all day with moderate use.
Will Kai weigh down my glasses?
Kai weighs only 3.4 ounces, similar to a Bluetooth headset. Kai rests comfortably behind your ear, you won't even notice it's there. In our video, there was a wardrobe mistake causing the glasses on the main subject to tilt. Kai adjusts to any pair of glasses and rests comfortably without weighing down the glasses.
Is Kai avaliable for iOS?
Yes Kai is avaliable for iOS. Most features will be available with some limitations in notifcation readout.
Risks and challenges
Glimpse Wearables is new to the consumer electronics industry but our team has spent over a year researching, networking, and reducing risk.
We understand the problems that could cause delays and have outlined them below. Our delivery estimates have considered a buffer for any risk but we cannot predict the future. Especially with hardware projects, backers need to understand that even the smallest of hiccups can delay delivery. Here are some of the most common risks associated with delivery of our product and how we are working to reduce the risks.
1. Tooling: Tooling is the procedure of making molds that will be used by manufacturers to build the product. Tooling will be used to create the device shell and the silicon skin. The device shell was designed with room for error and ample space to make it durable and house components. The real risk comes with the silicon skins as it needs to be exact. Luckily it is a low cost material so any errors can be fixed without to much damage to our budget.
2. Supply chain: Risks associated with supply chain would be if our PCB (Bluetooth chip) manufacturer was missing components and could not assemble the final product to keep up with our delivery estimates. We have designed our chip to be very close to standard Bluetooth so there will be as little unique changes as possible. This makes it easier for our manufacturer to fix any errors and mass produce our electronic components.
3. Certifications and Regulations: Electronics require various tests done by the FCC ensure safety and test for design flaws. We have taken into account this process into our timeline. Again, because we are using standard Bluetooth modules, much of the preliminary certifications have already been covered.
Start-ups face many challenges and risks. The Glimpse team has worked incredibly hard to reduce risk not just for consumers but for our business. By reducing risk we can use more money to innovate and create new, exciting products. This has been a learning experience and we hope to learn even more through our kickstarter journey.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, backer or not, please feel free to reach out through our website or the KS page.
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