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.
We're back! We are happy to be back on Kickstarter, and we are excited to get all of you, our wonderful backers, your Wypes! Join us on Tuesday the 19th for a livestream demonstrating the Wype!
What is the Wype?
The Wype is your personal desktop snack rag, specially designed to keep your hands and fingers clean as you snack at your computer. Our patent-pending design provides a better and faster clean through custom-made microfibers, intricately woven into a shag-carpet like pattern. This special design wicks away grease and removes crumbs from your hand and fingers faster and easier than napkins, paper towels, or - let’s be honest - your pants. Our advanced microfiber is also treated with an antimicrobial solution, killing all the germs on your hands as you Wype.
The rounded dome of the base comfortably fits and cleans any size hand, and the low profile and non-slip base enables the Wype to fit on any desk and in any setting. Each Wype also comes with 3 washable and reusable covers.
When can I use the Wype?!
Whenever and wherever you eat! Although inspired by our desire to snack at our computers, there are many ways to use The Wype! Here are some ideas:
Use The Wype while playing board or card games!
Keep your hands and electronics clean while watching Netflix!
Even Wype while cooking!
The World Is Full of Germs
The world is full of germs - we all know this. But do you know just how many of them are on your mouse and keyboard? Enough that your keyboard has 20,000 times more germs than your toilet, and twice as many germs as your cell phone.
To combat these germs, we have treated each Wype Cover with an antimicrobial solution. This means that not only will your Wype be germ free, but each time you Wype you will be making your hands - and your workstation - a little bit cleaner.
STRETCH GOAL: As it stands, the antimicrobial coating on each Wype Cover will last about 5 washes. BUT if we raise $30,000, we will have enough money to make each Wype Cover PERMANANTLY antimicrobial!
What Color Will My Wype Be?
Each Wype Base will be black. For the Wype Covers, we want you to choose! We can customize them to any color in the world, if we have a large enough order. Otherwise, our manufacturer has Green, White, and Brown available - you can see these colors in the prototype gallery.
When the campaign is over, we will send a survey to all of our backers and you can vote to get your Wype Covers in an assortment of Green, White, and Brown, OR you can vote to make your Wype Covers all one single color of your collective choosing. Black and Pink are in the prototype gallery!
If we exceed our fundraising goal and hit $22,500, then you, our backers, will be able to vote for 2 colors for your Wype Covers to come in!
If we hit $30,000, then you will be able to vote on the color of all 3 Wype Covers you receive! Remember, also at $30,000 each Wype Cover will be permanantly antimicrobial!
The Invention of the Wype
The Wype was inspired by one of our late night gaming sessions, when the Costco-sized bags of chips transformed from a tasty blessing to a curse - our keyboards and mice were covered in grease and crumbs. When filthy pants and piles of napkins didn’t fix our problem, we began our search for a solution. We learned that “3 in 7 laptop owners were eating when they had an accident” and that our keyboards were 20,000 times dirtier than our toilet seat; realizing the need for a snacking solution, we broadened our vision to create a product that works for everyone.
David, a founder and programmer, also realized that his productivity was significantly reduced when he was snacking and working. According to a study of 10,000 programmers produced by Nim Labs, it takes about 15 minutes on average to resume productivity after an interruption. Needing a fast and effective method to snack and maintain productivity drove the design refinements in the product you are backing today.
After numerous designs and a LOT of trial and error, we finally arrived at the design we are producing today. Thus, the Wype was born.
We have searched long and hard to find established, reliable manufacturers, and we have even toured one of the factories in person, and met in-person with the sales rep of the other. But, as a start-up establishing our first manufacturing contacts, there is potential for some bumps in the road regarding exact timetables. Therefore, we pledge to be completely transparent in our process and to keep our backers in the loop. We estimate that your Wypes will begin shipping out about 10 weeks after the Kickstarter concludes; here are the major milestones between your backing and receiving your Wype:
- Immediately after campaign ends: You choose the colors! We will send out the color survey at the conclusion of the Kickstarter.
- 2-3 weeks after campaign ends: Receive funds from Kickstarter, immediately place orders with the Wype base and Wype cover manufacturers
- Approx. 9 weeks after campaign ends: Completed products arrive at fulfillment center
- Approx. 10 weeks after campiagn ends: Quality Control and packaging completed, begin shipping! (Super-Early and Early Birds ship first)
Risks and challenges
We are happy to say that the Wype is a low-risk investment. The biggest hurdles we face are shipping logistics, and to counter this we have elected to go with a more expensive and more reliable shipping agent. We also pledge to keep you, our wonderful backers, fully up-to-date and informed on the status of your Wypes as they are manufactured, shipped, and distributed.