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CHAT-PAK: Chat Accessory For Nintendo 3DS (Canceled)

PLAY THE GAME..SHARE THE ADVENTURE. Talk up to 4 MILES apart. No Network. No Wires. No Limits. Compatible with FRS/GMRS two-way radios.

CHAT-PAK: Chat Accessory For Nintendo 3DS (Canceled)

PLAY THE GAME..SHARE THE ADVENTURE. Talk up to 4 MILES apart. No Network. No Wires. No Limits. Compatible with FRS/GMRS two-way radios.

$1,419
pledged of $55,000pledged of $55,000 goal
14
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 5 2014

About

CHAT-PAK is the first accessory for the Nintendo 3DS built for wireless voice communication between multiple players

It attaches easily to the Nintendo 3DS, is simple to use, and keeps you connected to friends and family up to 4 MILES away! 

From the minds of kids 

While caravanning with my sister’s family on a 17 hour road trip to the Tennessee mountains, my kids were playing their portable video game and using a walkie-talkie to chat with their cousins  in the other vehicle. The game took on a new life as they trash-talked each other while playing. The 17 hour trip became an exciting adventure for my kids and remains one of their most cherished vacations ever!

 While on the trip, my kids turned to me and said, “Dad, it would be really cool if you could build us a radio that can attach to our video game so we can chat with our friends when playing”. Then it hit me, they are right...that would be really cool!   And just like that, the CHAT-PAK was born!

Designing CHAT-PAK

We strove to create a durable, stylish product that would be easy to use, allowing you to play and chat simultaneously and all at an affordable price.

We faced many challenges during the initial stages of the design.  One such challenge was the the design and placement of the Push-To-Talk  (PTT) button.  Sounds simple enough, but if you want it done right you have to put a lot of thought into it.  This is where our design expertise and attention to detail made the difference!

We decided to place the PTT button at the rear of CHAT-PAK to give the user easy access while gaming without interfering with the game.

CHAT-PAK design evolved from a make-shift prototype made from cardboard, then undergoing several iterations before getting to the sleek and ergonomic design it is today!

CHAT-PAK provides infinite possibilities when attached to your 3DS

1. Chat with friends when playing your 3DS – A game is just that..a game, but when shared with friends it is so much more..it becomes an adventure! 

2. Compatible with Two-Way Radios - Because CHAT-PAK is compatible with the over 150 million FRS/GMRS walkie-talkies in homes across America, the chances are that your friends and family already have access to one and will be able to communicate with you until they get a CHAT-PAK of their own!

3. Stay connected to your kids – CHAT-PAK is an integral part of the 3DS game console when attached. This means parents will be able to keep in touch with their kids when in the neighborhood, on vacation, or whenever they are out of sight.

4. No wires, no fees, no limits – CHAT-PAK, has a talk range of up to 4 MILES so you will be able to chat with your friends when caravanning on that five hour school trip, camping in the mountains with family, hanging out at the park or at the shopping mall with friends!

5. No internet or cell phone connection?..No problem! CHAT-PAK keeps you connected so you will never be alone. You don’t have to be tied to a WiFi hotspot or phone line to chat with your friends. Simply have your friends set their CHAT-PAK to the same channel and code and everyone can share in the conversation! 

 6. Find your 3DS if misplaced – With CHAT-PAK, you will be able to locate your 3DS by using another CHAT-PAK or two-way radio to "page" your unit by sending a CALL ALERT. 

7. Protect your 3DS – CHAT-PAK serves as a durable protective hard case for your 3DS. It is constructed from 2mm thick ABS plastic that will protect your 3DS from accidental bumps and scratches. Typical plastic hard-cases are less than 1mm thick, providing inferior protection for your 3DS.

Built to Last. Designed by seasoned engineers with over 40 years combined experience developing two-way radios for commercial use, you can rest assured that the CHAT-PAK is built to last. The CHAT-PAK is simple yet stylish with a sturdy look and feel that compliments the quality and design aesthetics of the Nintendo 3DS.

Packed with Features 

We built the CHAT-PAK using the latest technology in radio design that provides superior performance and advanced features like voice scramble and Voice Activated Transmit (VOX) that are usually reserved for more expensive radio products. 

Features

  • 22 Channels and 38 CTCSS sub-codes provide 836 available talkgroups to choose from to avoid other users.
  • Voice Scramble feature jumbles your speech so only users with CHAT-PAK scramble mode can decode your conversation.
  • Internal speaker and microphone let's you chat easily without using a headset accessory.
  • VOX let's you chat without having to press the PTT button (hands free operation).
  • Keypad Lock prevents accidental activation of buttons that could change your CHAT-PAK settings.
  • Auto Power Off (APO) when selected, shuts off the CHAT-PAK after four hours if there is no activity to save battery.
  • Channel SCAN allows you to search for channel activity to either join or avoid a chat-group.
  • Call Alert lets you to identify friends when they call using any one of the 10 available unique call alerts. It can also be used to page your unit if misplaced.
  • Time out Timer (TOT) shuts down the transmitter after 60 seconds to prevent excessive battery drain and any one user tying up the channel. Once the user releases the PTT button they can press it again if they need to continue talking.
  • Low Battery Alert lets you know when you need to charge or replace the battery.
  • Battery Save automatically puts the unit in a sleep cycle that helps to conserve the battery during standby mode. 
  • Accessory Jack allows you to connect a headset accessory to the CHAT-PAK to have more privacy.
  • LCD with Backlight allows you to easily program and see the radio status.

Where we are.. 

We’ve been working on CHAT-PAK for over 2 years now. The CHAT-PAK that you see in the pictures are real, working prototypes. Tooling, packaging and regulatory certification are done. Pilot order for customer and factory process approvals is placed.  

  • Pilot product ready - May 2014
  • Order production material - Jun 2014
  • Production units available - Aug 2014

We are also developing CHAT-PAK for other portable video game console models such as the 3DSXL, but first we need your help to get CHAT-PAK for Nintendo 3DS to kids across the country so they can start sharing their adventures with friends wherever they go! 

While we're about to begin production, your contribution will help fund:

  •  Mass production order
  •  Marketing and Web-store development 
  •  Development of CHAT-PAK for other Game consoles

Color options

White 

Black

If you back any of the color options, we'll email you a survey after the project closes so you can vote on a new, 3rd color option. 

REWARDS

Each CHAT-PAK is production quality and comes packaged in a retail blister pack with user guide.  Does not include Nintendo game console.

$5 or more -BIG THANK YOU and shout-out on website.

$29 - One Black or White color CHAT-PAK from first production run.

$50 - Early Bird: One Black or White color pre-production CHAT-PAK in retail package (250 per color available). 

$100 - Collector's Edition: One Black color pre-production Chat-Pak with package signed by creator + Bronze level sponsor listed on website (100 available).

$250 - Limited Collector's Edition: One white color pre-production Chat-Pak with package signed by creator + T-Shirt with Chat-Pak logo + Silver level sponsor listed on website (25 available). 

$500 - Exclusive Collector's Edition: One customized Gold color Chat-Pak signed by creator + T-Shirt with Chat-Pak logo personalized and signed by creator + Gold level sponsor listed on website (10 available).

Risks and challenges

The product is in the final stages of the development process so all the known kinks have been worked out and risk is limited. However, production issues such as material lead-time and availability may cause unexpected delays in getting the product to market.

We are working with a top manufacturer of two-way radio products that share most of the materials used in CHAT-PAK with other products they manufacture. This helps to mitigate much of the material related risks.

Our management team has over 20 years working in the consumer electronics industry for a fortune 500 company, developing and bringing product to market. Sometimes things may happen that is just out of our hands, but as they say "this is not our first rodeo".

Our pre-production order is placed and we plan to start production in July 2014 but we need your help to get funds to secure material for mass production. We are counting on you to help bring CHAT-PAK to market!!

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