About this project
Mozbii is world's first color picking stylus specifically designed for kids and adults with creative minds, enabling the exploration of their surroundings, while at the same time interacting with their favorite colors on tablet screens in a beautifully crafted coloring book app.
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Why We Created Mozbii
The goal was to integrate technology into the learning process of kids. Something that would help them explore the world around them, rather than simply staring at the screen.
The lollipop-shaped Mozbii is a capacitive-type stylus, with a built-in color-sensor, that will work with your typical Android and iOS tablets.
The color-picking process is easy. Simply press against the surface from which the color is to be duplicated, wait for the LED display to light-up and blink the captured color, then draw that color on the supplied coloring-book app.
Because Mozbii is designed specifically for kids, there are minimal buttons to fumble with. It will be ready to use out of the box.
Mozbii is designed to last for a long time, even when used by a toddler. No button pressed are required to capture colours, but a simple press of the sensor side against the capturing surface, and the sensor is activated automatically. The flexible neck is designed with medical grade silica-gel to last millions of presses without warping, and the materials used to construct this pen is certified to be child-safe and toxin-free.
A magnet is built inside, so that Mozbii can be attached to a fridge at home or white board in a classroom environment. This way, the stylus stays in the most visible place in a home or classroom, so it will be easy to locate, and ready to access.
A magnetic charging head is also included so even a child can easily charge the pen when low on battery. The charger attaches to the pen automatically when directed, and is easily detacheable.
Mozbii is available in six different colors. Two colors will be manufactured in the first batch, while the other colors will be made as limited edition copies.
The nib is not designed with conductive rubber, but rather conductive cloth which lasts 10 times longer than the regular capacitive-type rubber nibs.
Mozbii leverages the low-power nature of Bluetooth 4.0, plus a smart power management system minimises the power consumption of the color sensor plus full-color LED. It lasts for up to a week between charges under normal usage. The tablets to be used with Mozbii need to have Bluetooth 4.0 support.
Mozbii has a 16-bit color sensor, and can therefore recognize more than 65,000 different colors in the spectrum. The built-in memory buffer stores 12-color in the stylus at all times, on a first-in first-out basis, but the supplied Mozbii Coloring-Book app can store unlimited number of your favorite colour palettes, limited only by the size of storage space in your tablet device.
The Mozbii Coloring Book app is made available for download on both the iOS App Store and Google Play. It functions both in pen and hand modes, so download your copy today for a quick trial on your tablet.
Mozbii Coloring Book app comes with 10 sets of line arts ready to be painted, plus 10 additional sets of sticker arts available to decorate the final art pieces. Addtional line arts plus themed stickers will be released through future software updates.
There are several interactive color-related apps planned to support Mozbii, and will be released in the very near future. Mika and Lubi, two mascots representing characters in the Ufro family, will also make their appearances through the various software releases.
Where We Are Now
We have successfully completed all engineering verification of the concept, and have so far built 9 different prototypes with color-picking accuracy at up to 80 per cent. We expect to improve color accuracy to 95 per cent within two months, while at the same time working on improving the power efficiency of the electrical elements to optimize battery life.
Mozbii Original Campaign Video
Several revisions were shaped with CNC machine before finding the right balance and weight distribution for the ideal placement of components.
Mozbii is using HWTrek's Project Development Hub to manage and monitor the project progress to product mass production.
What Will We Do Next
The team is actively working on the SDK, so that interested third parties can leverage the technical capability of Mozbii with their existing apps. We hope to ship the SDK sometime in Dec.
With your support, we hope to gather enough resources to conduct a sizeable production verification testing to iron out the final wrinkles in the product, with the aim of shipping Mozbii to those who pledged before Christmas 2014.
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Risks and challenges
While any unprecedented product involves risk, we’ve made every effort to mitigate these risks for our backers and fans. We have completed many stages of working prototypes and have secured our supply chain in preparation for mass production.
Despite our expertise and careful planning, there are risks to this project. And tooling accuracy and quality are the key area to tackle since there is very tight real estate in mechanical design.
With our very experienced manufacturing supplier who is also our key partner, we have very good confidence the tooling quality will be a matter of time before mass production. As we have proved long enough to working samples T1 stage before we launch the campaign, we don't think there will be major challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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