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.
As a trained signmaker, I produce illuminated advertising and also printed textiles. With Meteor-fashion, we are offering a combination of both technologies for the first time. The idea is to make textiles shine like a light advertising and to individually print on the illuminated area and simply to change the message.
In addition, our products have two other special features:
1. The luminous surface can be manufactured by the customer himself with his own printer. You can easily change the printed lables and the glowing advertising message for every occasion.
2. With every Meteor product, you acquire a certified individual item because it is equipped with a real meteorite. For this purpose, we incorporated an eyelet in the textiles. A genuine, certified meteorite is placed in this eyelet and sealed with transparent synthetic resin.
With every product you receive a certificate for the authenticity and the history of the meteorite. A serial number is printed on each product. You will also find this serial number on your personalized certificate.
We already have a working, handcrafted prototype for every Meteor product. We researched and tested all components and suppliers.
Kickstarter financing is used to set up series production with all production processes. Supplied products have to be ordered and stored in sufficient quantities. Machinery and workinplaces must be set up to build a smooth production line. Another part of the financing we needed for the homepage and the online shop with creative label-designer. We have already planned a marketing campaign that will be funded with startup capital.
Our high quality products should also receive a high quality packaging. For this, the stable packaging must be designed and produced. For this purpose, the Kickstarter capital is also used.
For quality control, we will visit the suppliers on site. These travel expenses are also financed by Kickstarter capital.
Risks and challenges
There is no risk for the realization and production of Meteor products. The function is guaranteed. The assurance of single delivery by suppliers is also guaranteed. We have secured the problematic procurement of the meteorites by a reliable supplier.
The timings to the sending of the rewards are realistic and generously planned. After we have completed the Kickstarter campaign successfully, the relevant components will be ordered and put together in our company in Germany. First, we will create a series sample, which corresponds 100% to the final product in terms of material and features. The risk that we can not deliver the rewards in time is virtually eliminated by the very generous scheduling. However, a delay in delivery due to late delivery of the suppliers can not be 100% excluded.
The EL technology (electroluminescence) is mature and does not pose any risk in terms of functionality.
A major challenge will be the design and functionality of the homepage and the packaging design. We have internal experts who can guarantee us high-quality implementation.
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