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$2,875
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123
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 26 2013 11:04 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 29, 2014

iShutter - Web Camera Shield

iShutter is an easy, discrete way to ensure your privacy by shielding your Macbook’s webcam

iShutter - Web Camera Shield

iShutter is an easy, discrete way to ensure your privacy by shielding your Macbook’s webcam

$2,875
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
123
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 26 2013 11:04 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 29, 2014

About

iShutter was invented to prevent those potentially awkward moments when your webcam is accidentally enabled during a Skype conversation or an online conference call. No one wants to get famous from an unintentional embarrassing or personal video going viral!

That’s why we created iShutter to be a simple, discrete, always-on solution. A magnetic metal strip that allows you to physically block the embedded webcam on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptop, it's designed to be able to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed. 

 iShutter has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you easily enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then block the camera when not in use. Made from cold rolled steel, iShutter is mounted by leveraging existing magnets in your MacBook’s lid and it does not interfere with the laptop’s ability to fully close and stay closed. 

The strategic placement and shape of iShutter makes it the perfect option for personalization as well. Company logos or custom messaging can be easily engraved on either side of the window for display whenever the computer is open.

Design

Since 2008, all MacBooks now use magnets to keep the lids closed. These magnets are located the same distance from each other and the same distance from the built-in web camera. 11”, 13” and 15” MacBooks all share this common location of magnets.

Most MacBooks also have the web camera vertically aligned with the magnets except MacBook Airs and newer generation MacBook Pros. These have a vertical offset of 2.5mm. Because of this variant, we designed iShutter to have a wider aperture opening to accommodate all models with a single design. iShutter design is Patent Pending (US and International).  

iShutter has gone through several design iterations. We started with the idea of using thin Velcro or multiuse adhesive tape to mount a webcam shield. Once we discovered the location of the MacBook magnets, we immediately started testing various design options that used this to make a simpler, more convenient product. Our first model was much smaller, but was limited to certain MacBooks. We made a few laser cut samples using 0.05mm, 0.20mm and 0.25mm thick cold rolled Steel.

Once we discovered the vertical offset mentioned above, we changed the design slightly to accommodate all models. The design was laser cut in several materials including Blue-Finished and Polished 1095 Spring Steel .005" Thick, Low Carbon Steel Shim Stock Roll .006" Thick, General Purpose Low-Carbon Steel Foil, .007" Thick, Economy Grade 430 Stainless Steel Foil, 0.008" Thick.

The team will continue to look for better, smoother and stronger materials and potentially optimize the design further to achieve desired result for volume production. We will post weekly progress once the project is funded.  
In the future, we will also explore alternative options to have a generic solution for PCs and tablets, but this Kickstarter project is narrowed to MacBook support only.

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Rewards 

We hope you are as excited about iShutter as we are! Any support will be greatly appreciated. Here's a list of the various rewards we offer for our backers:

 

Cost


Peace of mind is priceless, but it shouldn't be expensive. We want to make iShutter as affordable for users as possible.  
Our goal is that in store cost will not exceed $15. This, however, will depend on the final selection of volume, material, coating and manufacturing process.  
There are few things that are non-negotiable. We want to ensure the end product is high quality, environmental friendly and can be fully manufactured in the USA.  

Why we need your help We have used a lot of time and effort in building a prototype of iShutter and have filed necessary patents and trademarks to move forward. We will use all raised funds to finalize our design and find the most effective way to get iShutter into production in the US.  

Our goal is $8,000, which should just be enough to finalize our current design and get it into production. If we reach $20,000 or more, we will furthermore explore the option of creating a custom tool to allow production using a stamping process.

Project Plan




Risks and challenges

The iShutter prototype is currently cut using high power CO2 Lasers. This process can leave rough edges that require post-processing treatments to make them smooth. Laser cutting also makes pre-coating a challenge, as coating material will have to tolerate intensive heat. If we can't make laser-cutting work properly, we will look into alternative options to optimize the process and quality. Options include using alternative materials that require less power to cut or using different cutting processes such as waterjet or stamping. Our team will ensure that a cost effective and efficient method is selected.

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    SUPPORTER - In case you don't have a MacBook and still want to support our project. We highly appreciate your support. You will receive product updates and a personal thank you note for supporting us.

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    BUDGET - You will receive a single iShutter (Black or Silver) once it hits production.
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    WANT IT - You will receive your own iShutter once it's in volume production. You can specify if you want Black or Silver color.

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    EARLY ADOPTER - This limited option allows you to receive one of the first iShutter's from our Pilot build.

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    PROMOTER - Receive your own iShutter from the first production batch including an iShutter T-Shirt.
    You can select between Black or Silver colored iShutter. T-Shirt is available in sizes from S-XXL

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    PREMIUM SUPPORTER - You will receive a custom designed iShutter in any color you prefer and an iShutter T-Shirt.

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    SPONSOR - You will receive a custom designed iShutter in any color with custom engraved text or logo. You will also receive an iShutter T-Shirt.

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Funding period

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