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.
Same tap. 98% less water. The Altered:Nozzle is the worlds most extreme water saving nozzle. It installs easily into your existing tap. By atomizing water we can use 98% less water and still retain full functionality. And if you need a little more, then you switch to our regular saving mode. Still 75% savings, but all the water you need.
Fits into your existing tap.
Super easy installation. 30 sec.
Pays for itself in a couple of months!
Multiple finishes and sizes.
Lead Free Eco Brass
Perfect for kitchen and bathroom taps everywhere. In your home, your boat, at the office, in your vacation home or wherever you have a tap and want to save water.
Water stress is a truly global issue affecting over one billion people today, and an estimated 3 billion in 2020. It is a problem we need to do something about. This is our small contribution to this huge issue.
The old solution for saving water has been to restrict the flow of water. But that only works up to a point. When you're left with only a drizzle, you need a shift in technology.
We looked at the problem from another perspective. Instead of restricting water, we wanted to use as much of the water coming out of the tap as possible.
The issue with regular taps is that you only use a fraction of the water coming out of your faucet. It bounces of the surface of your hands or plates. Or even worse, it just passes right by and straight down the drain.
When atomizing the water we break it up into millions of tiny droplets. Creating a high speed, heavy mist, shooting out of your tap. This increases the surface area of the water drastically and makes it possible for you to come in contact with almost all of the water coming out of your tap.
The result was even more extreme than we thought. We could have full functionality in washing hands, greens, doing dishes, brushing teeth etc, with only 2% of the water compared to a standard saving tap!
One big issue. 2% is not so great when it takes 2 minutes to fill a glass of water. That’s why we’ve developed a switch to a more regular Saving Mode. You still save 75% compared to your old tap, but you get all the water you need. Perfect for filling glasses, pots and pans.
Being good to the environment should not have to mean being bad at design. The faucet is part of our interior design, something we spend a lot of money on. So if it doesn’t look good sitting at the end of your tap, then it’s just going to end up in some drawer. And there it won’t do much good at all.
That’s why we’ve spent a lot of time on the design of the Altered:Nozzle. We wanted it to stand out and make a statement, but at the same time it needed to look as an integrated part on a variety of different faucets.
Finally we ended up with this drop shape. It clearly makes a visual statement at the same time as it makes it easy to switch between Mist and Saver Mode.
First of all we think you should feel great about having saved the planet a bunch of water. But lets talk specifics.
Even compared to the lowest limit of the Water Sense
US standard, the Altered:Nozzle saves you up to 98%.
And except for saving water, that means less energy
and emissions to heat and transport the water.
That is great for planet Earth. But it is also great for you.
For an average household in Europe this translates
to savings of €203/year. In US that number is around
$255/year. Basically, you’ve just bought a great looking product that pays for itself within a couple of months.
After the Kickstarter campaign we will contact you so you can choose the finish and size you like for your very own Altered:Nozzle.The Altered:Nozzle will be available in the finishes below.
If you think it is difficult measuring your existing aerator, you can easily determine the size with the help of a nickel and dime.
First remove the insert and washer from the inside of the aerator. Set a nickel on top of the aerator, and if it’s almost the same circumference, the aerator is a regular size. If it’s not a regular size aerator, use a dime. The dime will fit inside a junior size aerator and will sit on top of a Tom Thumb size aerator.
The Altered:Nozzle fits into your existing tap and it takes less than 30 seconds to change it.
Approximately 18% of the water used in our homes is water running through our taps. That is equivalent to 32 gallons per household per day. If we do the math and look at some of the most water stressed cities in the world, that means: 40 million gallons running through the taps in Los Angeles, 50 million gallons in Rio de Janeiro, 220 million in Tokyo and 240 million gallons in Shanghai.
Every Day. And most of it straight down the drain.
There are already millions of faucets in the world. That’s why we've developed the Altered:Nozzle to easily install into your existing faucet in just 30 seconds.
By altering your existing faucet, rather than buying a whole new one, we get the same effect at a fraction of the cost. It also means lots and lots more people can buy our product. And that in turn means we can save a lot more water which is kind of the point. Saving money. Saving resources. Saving water. Sounds good to us!
We’ve come a long way since Kaj first got the idea of atomizing water in the faucet. We have a final product, produced by the final manufacturer and we have come out and met the market. It has really been a long road, but we are so excited to finally get the Altered:Nozzle out to you.
We believe that water is a basic human right. We must find ways to get clean water to all people in the world. It is not enough just saving water. We must find ways of only using exactly what we need. That’s what the Altered:Nozzle is about.
We also think water stress is such a huge issue that we must find many small solutions in order to have a chance to solve the problem. It’s not a single solution problem.
This is our small solution. We hope you love it as much as we do.
We have a small core team of founders who are all experienced professionals in various fields. We also have partnerships with established contract manufacturers and parts producers, both locally in Sweden and abroad.
Prof. Kaj Mickos – Inventor & Head of R&D
Prof. in Innovation Technique. Has worked as a professional inventor for numerous years resulting in 14 companies and more than 30 individual patents. The mind behind the Altered:Nozzle.
With a background as Marketing and Communications Manager at Swedish online bank Avanza, Johan is the one making sure we are on track.
Mikael Abbhagen – Design Director
Mikaels wide approach to design has taken him through clients such as H&M, Lindex, Heineken and The Swedish Army. Today he is responsible for the design of both Altered: communications and the Altered: Nozzle.
Tommy Lundqvist – Prototyping & Development
Seasoned engineer with thousands of prototypes and several patents under his belt. Tommy is the one who’s building our series of prototypes of the Altered:Nozzle.
Mikael Palmhag – Sales & Supply Chain
With a background as Managing Director for Linksys Europe, Mikael is responsible for setting up our global sales and supply chain organization.
Viktor Tell - Partner Retail Guru and Co-Founder of Happy Socks.
Risks and challenges
Creating a new product is inherently risky, with unseen challenges that inevitably spring up over the course of development. However, we have already been testing and iterating for over 2 years. We have developed multiple generations of prototypes and have today a working final product that is produced by the final manufacturer. We will continue to quality control and test all products, but we are confident we will be able to develop the Altered:Nozzle according to plan.
With that said some challenges might surface that can create delays. A large order will stress our manufacturer and supply chain. This might create delays. The timeplan in this campaign is built on the manufacturer production time of 5-6 weeks.
Also, even though we work with established contract manufacturers and parts producers there is always a chance that something might go wrong. However, we are an experienced team and we’re using industry standard technology and processes. We are confident we can address any issues as they come up and we have built in redundancies in both our production and our supply chain.
The Altered:Nozzle works. We have put it in the hands of hundreds of people, collectively testing it for thousands of days. We have the solution, we have the process in place and with your help we can get this product out in the world.
This is the regular Kickstarter deal for 1 Nozzle. You might have missed the early birds, but you'll still get a beautiful Altered:Nozzle in the color and size of your choosing @ 17 % off retail price. Not to shabby!
(You'll get to choose colour/finish and size through Kickstarter after a successful funding.)
Yes, it is a 18k solid gold Altered:Nozzle. The only one in the world.
The solid gold handle is hand made by a gold smith in Stockholm overseen by our head of production.
Of course you will also get a bundle of regular Altered:Nozzles to fit in your other taps in your house. If the backer would like more than one golden nozzle we will also make sure they get a good deal on that.
Goes without saying, we'll contact the backer that chooses this reward to see if you have any specific requirements and what you would want in your special little something basket of treats.