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5upercircuitsBy 5upercircuits
First created
5upercircuitsBy 5upercircuits
First created
CHF 3,634
pledged of CHF 340,000pledged of CHF 340,000 goal
9
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 15 2018 6:34 AM UTC +00:00

About


What can you use Moment-rec for?

Moment-rec
Moment-rec

Moment-rec helps you to learn to speak like a native. Moment-rec works like an acoustic time machine that you can use to capture native speaker's slang and jokes. Use the recordings to study and share samples with your friends to ask what a certain slang word or joke means. Immerse yourself in culture and impress your friends when you talk like a real native speaker.

Moment-rec without silicon rubber casing
Moment-rec without silicon rubber casing
Moment-rec features an audio jack connector, SD-card and USB-micro for charging
Moment-rec features an audio jack connector, SD-card and USB-micro for charging
Moment-rec prototype and final casing look and feel
Moment-rec prototype and final casing look and feel

Backing our project

Other than just looking for funding, we've also prepared something special for you. We created a community forum, for you, our backers. Kickstarter is great, but it's not very suited to manage and host a conversation with 4000 people. We use discourse, a professional modern community forum software.

Here is how you can support and back our project.

  • Choose a reward level on the right side and back via Kickstarter
  • Join the community forum
  • Share it with your friends
We do weekly giveaways to the person who shared posts from our forum the most. Check out this link for more info about giveaways.


What problem does Moment-rec solve?

Moment-rec helps you to learn real-life language
Moment-rec helps you to learn real-life language

No textbook teaches you native speaker's use of slang words and culture related jokes. But it's crucial to know slang and local jokes to fully integrate in culture and feel at home. Like you, we struggled with talking to native speakers or joining a local club. It's tough when you feel left out because you don't understand a joke. But interrupting the conversation every time you don't understand something can be rude and also embarrassing for you. What you really need is a tool to study native speaker's use of slang words and local jokes. That's why we created Moment-rec.


Who are we?

We are engineers, marketers and product designers. But in our free-time we are travelers, expats and language enthusiasts. We've lived in many different countries for multiple years and know how hard it can be to connect to locals and feel at home.

We are experts in hardware, software and mechanics engineering. Additionally, we also have much experience in specification work and logistics. At 5upercircuits we design and test our ideas by building prototypes. From these prototypes we create the final detail specification. We use contract companies to outsource the final development and handling the production.

Where are we at

Moment-rec started as an idea in Summer 2017. Each of us is learning at least one language (Japanese, German, English) at the moment. So, Moment-rec really started because we wanted a better tool to learn directly from native speakers and immerse ourselves in language.

In 2018 we pushed ahead and developed a prototype. We designed an electronic circuit board, casing and also embedded software. We evaluated and redesigned parts of Moment-rec based on what we learned in terms of feature and fit.
Moment-rec latest prototype
Moment-rec latest prototype
Moment-rec latest circuit board
Moment-rec latest circuit board

Now, we're ready to design the final version of Moment-rec that will be commercially available. Prototyping versus creating a commercial product are two different games. Prototyping is about features, tech and design. Creating a commercial product is about build quality, mass production, costs and logistics. It's entirely two different ball games. So, we decided to outsource the final development to a company that is specialized in this field. We need your help to raise money for the final design and mass production.
Look of final moment-rec design
Look of final moment-rec design


The Kickstarter Roadmap

Below is a roadmap for Moment-rec. It shows when we tackle each phase and also when we plan to start shipping.
Moment-rec roadmap, marking shows planned shipping date
Moment-rec roadmap, marking shows planned shipping date

 Next, the picture below shows how we plan to use the funds. The first picture shows the overall top-level cost distribution. The second picture details how the development costs are split between Hardware, Software, Android and Mechanics. Finally, the third picture shows which parts of Moment-rec production are most expensive.

Main cost distribution
Main cost distribution
Development cost distribution
Development cost distribution
Production cost distribution
Production cost distribution
 

Risks and challenges

Moment-rec (like any hardware project) has mechanical, electrical, software and firmware challenges. We've already completed a functional hardware prototype with many features already working. To keep risk at minimum, we will outsource the final development and production of your Moment-rec to a company specialized in the field. We already talked to more than 10 companies and are ready to proceed.

Outsourcing development means we reduce the risk. But only if the specification and communication with the company is clear. We have worked several years in specification jobs, including SIL2.0 (a very high safety standard) certification. We are experts in writing reliable and clear specification.

Our team has a diverse skill set from engineering to marketing, mechanics and IT.

From observing other Kickstarter projects we learned that communication is key in any crowdfunding. Crowdfunding will always include some risk for backers. But if we communicate every update clearly and you can talk to us any time then we are much more likely to succeed. We believe that creating a product via crowdfunding is a community effort and backers should be included in the process as much as possible. We are using our community forum to keep in close contact with you. Don't forget to sign up :).

Once the production is over, we will send devices by batch to the warehouses in the US an in Europe for further delivery to our customers. The rest of the batch will be stored in an international warehouse in China for shipments to our non-US/EU customers.

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    You will receive one of the first 1 x Moment-rec!!
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    Love for the not so early birds :)

    You didn't make it for the "Early Bird" reward? Don't worry you'll receive 1 x Moment-rec next.

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    Blaming the different time zone

    We feel you. It's not fair that you missed the "Early Birds" because you're in a different time zone. This one's for you!

    You'll receive 1 x Moment-rec right after we shipped to all "Early-Bird" backers.

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    We love Kickstarter, so you get a special offer. You will receive 1 x Moment-rec before we serve any customers on other sales channels.

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    Finders keepers - extra low

    All the reward levels can get confusing. But you still took the effort to read them all. This one rewards the patient people :)

    You'll receive 2 x Moment-rec, so you can start studying together with your best friend.

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    Special price for you and your friend

    You and your best friend go through thick and thin. Why not study together?

    You'll receive 2 x Moment-rec.

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    You're so popular and are in a study group? Don't worry, we got you. Get the Kickstarter special group reward.

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    Fan edition

    You're totally in love with Moment-rec? We'll produce a version with a sticker (batch number + design of your choice) just for you.
    You will then receive 1 x customized Moment-rec

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    Meet the team

    Meet the team behind Moment-rec and get it delivered in person.
    You'll receive 1 x Moment-rec signed and directly handed to you by the founder (Pascal)

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Funding period

- (30 days)