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.
Welcome to Bed Block, your better night's sleep.
The Bed Block elevates your sleep experience by lifting your sheets away from your feet, allowing your body to focus on achieving optimal sleep cycles. Tenting the sheets off the toes creates enhanced airflow and increased comfort to help relieve symptoms associated with many common conditions: foot, ankle, and toe pain from injuries, restless legs, surgery recovery, foot and toe sensitivity, neuropathy, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, cramping, lower back pain, and general sleep discomfort. If you want to sleep better, run, rock the drums, make your money on your feet, or hustle like a boss, don't worry--Bed Block offers a restful night for you.
The Bed Block does not discriminate. Whether you are a back, side, fetal, or stomach sleeper, you will benefit from the Bed Block's roomy air pocket that takes pressure off of your feet and helps to regulate your temperature, keeping you in that deep REM sleep cycle we savor so much.
Testimonial - "Dude, I overslept twice since I've had it! I feel like it makes me keep better posture. Rather than curl up, I keep my legs stretched." - AC
Other products on the market disappoint for a variety of reasons. Most are flimsy metal and bend or fall easily. They have screws, moving parts, and complicated assemblies. They tend to be expensive, ineffective, and frustrating, and it would hurt like hell if you happened to kick the bars above or next to your feet. That is the last thing you need when you are trying to show a little love to your tootsies. The Bed Block's simple foam design requires no assembly, includes a washable cover, and alleviates all of the fail points above--all while coming in at half the cost of the terrifying looking metal devices.
As a veteran of the Iraq war, I suffer from chronic pain and difficulty sleeping. To add insult to injury, one night after rolling my ankle playing rec league softball, I found myself completely unable to sleep with the sheets weighing on the swollen joint. I scrambled to find something to prop them up in an effort to find relief. While laying in bed with my makeshift tent, the brainchild that was my first Bed Block prototype was born.
After my ankle healed, I didn't want to remove my Bed Block! I had really come to enjoy the foot freedom and thought this creation could be of use to others. I started sharing additional prototypes with family and friends to gather feedback and discovered the Bed Block was a truly functional and helpful product, even for those without chronic conditions. My goal with Kickstarter is to reach a larger audience, gather feedback, and subsequently create additional Bed Block variations to target specific consumers like athletes, those with nerve and pain management issues, the elderly, and those in recovery for a variety of injuries or ailments.
I will be creating XL versions for large feet and open cell foam high-breathability models at the conclusion of this Kickstarter. All products will be available on www.bedblock.co.
Bed Block: Pop in, Pull back, Sleep better!
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges with the Bed Block are minimal as product design and manufacturing are done in house or locally within the Phoenix area. The Bed Block is 100% made in the USA! I believe by reading The Goal and doing a basic flowchart, I have been able to reduce both known and unknown risks. Assuming war with North Korea doesn't break out, we should be good. Local control allows for a quick turnaround while controlling production flow and mitigating any issues that arise. Local backup manufacturers are also lined up just in case a plan B is required.
Your mom wants one! Your dad wants one! Your spouse wants one, too! Now you can pull in the four-pack of your dreams! Due to your immense generosity and fervent desire to see an American business from garage to success story, I will reward you to the tune of four (4)! Yes ma'am, I said four Bed Blocks, for (see what I did there) you and those who you hold dear, all shipped out in that first batch.
Your beautiful mug will be screen-printed on a cover and available for sale on our website under your name (i.e. Bed Block: The Glenn). Plus, you get a Bed Block, hot off the presses and into your sheets! As an added bonus, I will email you every time we sell one of your signature Bed Blocks to tell you how awesome you are!
I will personally deliver your Bed Block within the continental US. You pick what we have for dinner. Bonus Block for someone who fills your heart with glee and I'll embroider your names on each Bed Block.
FUNDER! You are awesome and you will have renaming rights for the Gen II Bed Block + an Original Bed Block with a screen-printed image of your choosing (within legal parameters) + a low-quality metal chain spray-painted gold with the Bed Block logo hanging like the big-swinging playa you are! I will personally deliver the goods if you are in the US.
I will personally deliver your Bed Block anywhere in the world (not North Korea, Syria, and a few other select locations). But you, me, and a Bed Block or two party down, shoot a low-quality rap video, and pull some quality footage to run an infomercial.