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.
The best content filter is the company you keep. But on social media, this content filter has been blown to pieces. Our connections aren't curators, they're just people we know. We need a fresh start if we want a real curation platform. That fresh start is Arbtr. It's where you assemble your dream team of curators.
Think of the people you invite as your taste squad. They're limited to ONE SHARE AT A TIME, which creates a mood that highlights the quality of their curation work, and reduces the amount of stuff you have to trawl through to get to the best.
1. It puts the onus of filtration on the sharer, encouraging ruthless self-editing. After all, curation is the art of elimination. This will be the key to Arbtr's incomparably clean and uncluttered user experience (avoiding nasty things like a feed).
2. It gives considered shares the weight they deserve by keeping them at the forefront of followers' screens.
3. It creates rarity. Your finds appear to others as the treasures they are, rather than as noise in a feed. As soon as you post something new, your previous post is gone.
4. This means Arbtr is accumulating very little data about you. By default, every time you share something, it will DELETE your previous share. You can—if you insist—turn this feature off in order to keep a log of everything you've shared. It's up to you.
We want to create an alternative to the evil and endless FEED paradigm of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For people who pride themselves on their good finds, sharing great content into streams of irrelevance and oversharing is not at all motivating. We also want to encourage people to SHARE LESS, and reduce the load on the massively electricity consuming "cloud". In an ideal world, everyone should have a single spot in a database where they can share the ONE thing they think is important right now. Anything more is a waste of energy, and contributes to a culture of surveillance. Enough is enough.
We truly believe this is the central design challenge of our age, and it will not be solved by the big data giants. Data hoarding and the attention sucking feed paradigm is much too profitable for them. Only crowdfunding can make a product like this come to life. Let's show them that it's possible! We need your help to design the post-feed era!
Here are a few mockups from the two design directions we're exploring for the initial iOS release: a simple marble look with floating avatars, and a radically minimal text-only design. I'm excited to get your feedback about which you prefer!
CROSS PLATFORM: We're aiming for a cross platform release using React Native or Flutter. However, it is possible that iOS and Android releases will be developed separately which will entail different release dates.
The biggest risk of this project are design related. Creating an interface that radically reduces the amount of information you have access to, while also creating the feeling of "time well spent" is a very very tricky design challenge. But in my view, it's the single most important design challenge of our times. If we don't figure this out, we'll all be bogged down in infinite FB or Twitter feeds forever.
The second biggest risk of this project is time. I have a full time job, and have been working on this project in my spare time. It's a very slow way of working. If we reach the funding goal, it will allow me to spend more time on the project and hire a developer to build the initial designs into a Beta version that we can test together, and start iterating. It will also allow me to cover the costs of servers and backend for about a year. If you're also passionate about this problem, I think it will be a really rewarding process for all of us!
We'll send you the Beta version as soon as it's testable. You'll also have access to gated features for a year after release on the App Store. An example of a gated feature is access to the share history for each of your Arbtrs (if they're sharing it). In case you miss something they posted, you can go back and check it out. This is a feature we've decided to gate, so that users think carefully about whether they need access to more than the bare minimum of content from their Arbiters.
Get unlimited access to Arbtr forever! You'll be on our list of early believers to whom we will be forever grateful. You'll also become a permanent part of our design advisory group for all future design and feature updates. It is an intimate discussion group for people serious about fighting information overload. The insights of this group will drive all future product development.
Not only will you get everything mentioned in all the other rewards, but we'll be so grateful that we'll want to pick your brain over a brainstorm dinner in Montreal (get in touch if you're in town)! We're excited to hear your ideas for features and future iterations of the product!