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Dr. Qianfan (Harry) XinBy Dr. Qianfan (Harry) Xin
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Dr. Qianfan (Harry) XinBy Dr. Qianfan (Harry) Xin
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$102
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 18 2016 5:11 AM UTC +00:00

About

【Short summary - a new era of table games has come】 

Welcome to my crowdfunding campaign for Movable Magnetic Soccer (magnetic table soccer). When I was a boy, I had a dream for a wonderful soccer game that can vividly simulate real soccer games and all of their fascinating moments such as flexible dribbling, passing, and shooting spinning and flying banana shots passing over a defense wall. I wished to achieve these by commanding miniature players on the board via my fingers. But all we had at that time were heavy and bulky drawbar-type foosball tables, Subbuteo soccer tables, and non-movable magnetic soccer clipboards, which are all slow and discontinuous in pace and boring in functions. With wide applications of better magnet technologies emerging since the beginning of this century, my dream has become true and I have been able to invent a fast movable magnetic soccer game that can simulate real soccer games very well with convenient and flexible hand control of a small magnet without any restrictions imposed by mechanical linkages or tracks/slots. I believe this invention will start a new era of table games worldwide, and I wish you to become a witnesses and supporter for this coming revolutionary change. People nowadays often talk about great revolutions in information technology industry such as Apple cell phones, and sometimes do not realize how joyfully and miraculously a mechanical engineering industry can change their life. In fact, I think the movable magnetic soccer will lead a big wave of changes that will bring years of fun to families and workplaces. Its design concepts generate outstanding functions that people dreamed to have but could not realize. I give my product a brand called "DrPlay" and wish the game a meaningful and smart play. 

【Crowdfunding campaign owner - who I am】

I am Dr. Qianfan (Harry) Xin, an inventor and business entrepreneur. I am the General Manager of Yunsong Company and the President of HXK Consulting. I originally came from China to the US after my undergraduate study in 1990s. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and I worked on engine R&D for many years. I am a US citizen living in Chicago now. I love systems engineering and I believe it can make ourselves more creative and make the world better. I wrote a book "Diesel Engine System Design", published by Woodhead/Elsevier in 2011. I am currently working on a systematic product series that can greatly elevate functions of table/board games, including both motion games and smart numeral card games. I am also a soccer fan, and this is why I invented the exciting movable magnetic soccer game. As an engineer, I have finished all of the analysis, design, and testing work of this product. As a manager, I have developed good suppliers in the US and China to support prototype builds and manufacturing production of my product. I am a responsible and thorough person, and I am very strict on the quality of my work. More information about my background can be found from my book online at http://store.elsevier.com/Diesel-Engine-System-Design/Qianfan-Xin/isbn-9781845697150/ 

http://www.sae.org/images/books/toc_pdfs/BELS067.pdf 

and from my Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/Qianfan.Xin

【Importance of this campaign】 

Sports entertainment is important for every family. My successful experience of systems engineering design approaches in the engine industry gave me confidence to cast a systematic vision for the table game industry. To examine and conceive product functions, we can classify different table/board games in history into the following four categories: (1) chesses and card board games, characterized by their static nature, either with or without luck/randomness; (2) billiard, foosball (table soccer), Subbuteo table soccer, stick/bubble table hockey, and air hockey, characterized by slow and discontinuous paces; (3) video games, characterized by computer or cell phone screens without face-to-face interaction/communication; and (4) fast-paced continuous flexible dexterity table games. What we totally lack today is the fourth category, and the reason is because we did not have a capable control mechanism such as the advanced magnetic application in this campaign. My business plan is to quickly build up the fourth category by movable magnetic soccer in order to supplement or even replace some products in the second category worldwide. The fourth category is no doubt far more interesting and appealing than the second category for both game entertainment and professional sports competition. My another plan is to use a series smart numeral card games such as Number Guessing Game (a brain race game using reasoning ability and luck) and Digital Math Mahjong (an exposed card game with skills and luck) to build up a missing one-third of the first category. All current card games in the first category use concealed cards (occupying the first one-third), and all chess-like games are open games without luck (occupying the second one-third). My reformation plan for the first category is subject to other campaigns. I do not plan to touch the third category of video games because my focus is on face-to-face interactive entertaining table/board game products, which often fit people's needs better than video games. The purpose of this campaign is to build our brand new fourth category of sports entertainment. We all know the world market of table games is huge, just by simply imagining how popular billiard and foosball games are. At certain point in the future, I would predict we will not see drawbar soccer and finger soccer anymore, and they will be replaced by movable magnetic soccer. I have an ambitious and practical plan for the sports entertainment industry, and I hope you are excited about the brilliant future of these revolutionary new gaming products. Please join me and let's change the world. 

【Innovative technologies】 

The attractive functions of my fast movable magnetic soccer game are achieved by three design principles: (1) the control of the simulated players must be simple, easy, and direct without loss of signal in transmission path, i.e., the intent and nimble motion of the user's fingers must be directly transferred to player's motions in a fast, flexible, and continuous manner to achieve whatever the user wants; (2) the motions of simulated players and the ball on the board must follow real soccer game rules and reproduce almost all real soccer game scenes without restrictions; and (3) the game board structure must look "simple" and concise. These design principles have ensured superior functions much better than any existing soccer game product. Unlike drawbar-type foosball tables and the magnetic soccer clipboards used by coaches having non-movable players/ball, the user of my product uses a small strong magnet underneath the game board to attract and move plastic miniature players on the board to fast run and shoot a light foam ball. Achieving the "fast movable" objective is not an easy task, and it requires three key innovative technologies in my invention, and I have successfully accomplished all of them as mature production technologies. They are: (1) precise magnetic force control for player motions by using a correct design combination of small magnets and ferromagnetic strips; (2) ball and player/figure designs; and (3) precise board structure and fixing feet. I put their technical design details in the last section of "Appendix" for interested readers. 

【Unique exciting functions and video links】 

The functions of Movable Magnetic Soccer can be watched from the attached pictures and two videos (a 4-minute short video at the top of this page, also located at the YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRTwcc5iXaQ, and a 22-minute long video below, also at the YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT_CGaBi5Lo). As a new-generation foosball product, it offers three major functions. First, it is a joyful and stress-relief motion board game toy widely suitable for all ages of people, families, schools, offices, and entertainment resorts, etc. It is very easy to play, extremely flexible as desired, and provides great fun with face-to-face interactions. Secondly, it is also a dynamic sports product for professional skill development and match competition. It can simulate soccer games very well on tactics, luck, and rules. It provides unlimited room for users and stars to sharpen their operation skills. Thirdly, it is an exercise device that requires the user's concentrated attention, fast response, and continuous arm movement. It can help develop good coordination among eyes, brain and hands, and can effectively exercise arm muscles. 

 【Campaign plan and rewards delivery timeline】 

The campaign timeline is outlined as follows. Earlier preparation stages that have been already finished before the campaign are included for reference. 

• Stage 1: April 2015 - July 2015, product invention and technology development for production concept proof (completed) 

• Stage 2: August 2015 - January 2016, supplier procurement and test/pilot builds for prototype and production maturity demonstrations and verification of safe shipping tests (completed) 

• Stage 3: February - March 2016, crowdfunding campaign to find supporters/fans 

• Stage 4: April - May 2016, build reward products (DrPlay Movable Magnetic Soccer products of four models/sizes) for crowdfunding campaign supporters 

 • Stage 5: June 2016, ship reward products to supporters and provide guidance for their use 

 • Stage 6: after June 2016, plan to organize game/match competitions for supporters and fans in order to promote global awareness and popularity of this new product 

【Product procurement plan and low-cost business model】 

My DrPlay Movable Magnetic Soccer is a complex product that has 16 sets of major assemblies and 271 parts, including magnet, plastic players, balls, wooden board, solid wood pillars and beams, fence, electronic timer, and scoreboard, etc. The production requires several hundred machining procedures at approximately 30 suppliers and also requires 18 final assembly procedures in my Yunsong Company's assembly plant as an OEM. Many machining steps are handcrafting in order to ensure good quality. The collected campaign fund for each reward product will be spent to order parts from suppliers, pay wages in final assembly processes, and cover shipping costs. Compared to the prices of drawbar-type foosball table games, the requested funds of the reward perks in this campaign are kept low due to the following two considerations or advantages: (1) I have waived R&D charges and profit of this product for campaign supporters and fans; (2) using offshore inexpensive labor and global suppliers while still maintaining excellent quality. Therefore, both the innovative product itself and the low-cost production business model are very appealing and competitive. Once we fly the business and enter a full production stage, the product price will be much higher than the campaign pledge (reward product price) because R&D costs, other business running costs and profit will be added into future production versions in order to ensure a long-term sustainable growth for the business. Therefore, please do not miss your good opportunity of being a DrPlay fan now! 

【Campaign fund raising】 

The more supporters we have, the faster we can promote this new magnetic table soccer game around the world, and the more competitions we can organize in each city to bring you fun. Therefore, your support is very important. As I mentioned earlier, this campaign is a unique opportunity for you to witness the birth of a great product that may significantly change our life and the world via a revolution in almost 50% of sports entertainment (affecting two categories out of a total of four). We will achieve together something that was believed impossible before! A small step of DrPlay today, a giant leap for all sports game fans tomorrow! 

【Give me your support, and I will return you a miracle】 

During my entire professional career from a young graduate student in St. Louis to a middle-aged engineering manager in Chicago, I have never broken my promise or given up my dreams. From the 1088-page big monograph "Diesel Engine System Design" to numerous hurdles of DrPlay product R&D I have overcome, I have always been persistently marching toward my dreams. I will not let myself down in any paper/book I write and in any product I invent/produce. I believe "failure is not an option" and I value people's trust. I cherish my reputation in the industry, and I will not let the world get disappointed. General Douglas MacArthur's words "honor, duty, country" often echo by my ear, and they are my motto. I warmly welcome you to join me to step on our fascinating journey of building a revolutionary world of new table games. You may also use share tools to tell your friends about this unique and exciting opportunity. I greatly appreciate any of your support. 

【Contact information】 

For any questions, you can reach me by Email at 1191496344@qq.com, SKYPE: YunsongCompany 

【Appendix - Detailed description of DrPlay product features and technologies】 

The DrPlay Movable Magnetic Soccer is a dynamic dexterity motion board game built upon the following three key innovative precision technologies. 

 (1) First key technology - precise magnetic force control for player motions: Unlike traditional foosball games, the DrPlay product does not have any drawbars that hold and move players/figures/dolls. The advanced magnetic mechanism allows the game operation to become extremely flexible and be able to simulate real soccer games very well with many fascinating scenes of soccer matches reappearing on the table, e.g., wonderful dribbling and flying banana shots. A strip of ferromagnetic material is attached to the bottom of each simulated player. Each user sits by a longer side of the game board, gaining good control on players' motions over the entire field by freely moving a small magnet in touch with the bottom side of the board by a single hand. The magnet directly conveys the intention of flexible hand motion, attracts and moves any player on the board without any restriction to fast run, suddenly stop, turn around for 360 degrees, dribble and bypass opponents, grab, pass and shoot the ball, sliding tackle, collide, pull, head, and perform free/corner/penalty kicks. Soccer game rules are generally followed. 

 (2) Second key technology - ball and player/figure designs: The lighter foam ball is less wind-resistant but has excellent bouncing and flying characteristics, suitable for indoor games. In contrast, the heavier wood ball is more wind-resistant and can roll at slower speeds, more suitable for outdoor games. DrPlay's player base design prevents magnetic attraction between players. Moreover, players can promptly stand up by themselves via magnetic attraction after they fall down, once the magnet is placed underneath the board under the player. DrPlay's player base angle design produces flying and spinning shots. Player base design combined with using a small light foam ball provides excellent performance of ball striking, such as volley shots and banana curved shots passing over a defense wall, simulating real soccer games and soccer stars. There are two types of players: (1) ordinary player having a small base, and (2) special player having a large branch base for enhanced dribbling functions. The special player can hold the ball in a slot to move forward by continuous spinning. Different postures are designed for various players such as strikers and backs. The base sticker at the bottom of the player can reduce friction noise and prevent board surface wear. 

 (3) Third key technology - precise board structure and fixing feet: The DrPlay product has a neat and fine wooden structure with ease of assembly and operation. The game board has a special complex multi-layer structure to minimize bending. The board is hand-crafted in cutting, painting, drilling, and polishing. The board is supported by 4~6 precisely machined solid wood pillars. Two goals and four corner flags are surrounded by a tightened cloth fence around the board. The users many choose to simply use hands to press the board to prevent it from rising during play, or they can use fixing feet, which can be fastened at the bottom of pillars or on fixing beams. Fixing feet can be temporarily taped on a table to prevent board rising, and are recommended for official matches. Fixing feet and special players with strong dribbling features are usually standard parts included in the toy set. Wooden fixing beams are included in the standard package of the Extra Large model, but are optional parts in sales for the Large, Medium, and Small models. The functions of fixing beams include: correcting board bending, strengthening board-pillar structure, allowing using rectangular-shape fixing feet. The assembled toy is light and can be carried in a toy bag (an optional part) during travel. The DrPlay Magnetic Table Soccer Game product is much lighter in weight than traditional foosball tables or Subbuteo soccer tables.

Risks and challenges

All technologies and machining/assembly procedures of this new product are proven mature and reliable. All business relationships are well maintained for suppliers and my assisting workers. There is no any risk for delivering products/rewards. During the past one year, I have overcome all hurdles. For our campaign, it's just time to simply procure, deliver and ship the high-tech products. The only uncertainty is the toy bag procurement, whose supplier requires that my order must meet a minimum quantity of 1000 bags. In fact, the toy bag is an optional part and not required/included in the standard package. At this moment, because I do not know how many supporters I will get from this campaign, I temporarily exclude the bags from the rewards that I offer. If we have a sufficient number of supporters, bags can be added into the package later as a reward by adding a small cost charged by the supplier. This can be worked out easily. The bag's cost will be very low (US$18, $21, $26, and $29 for Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large sizes, respectively) since the bags can be produced in China with inexpensive and excellent labor.

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    Movable Magnetic Soccer - Small
    Packaging size 540×354×71 mm, packaging weight 2.12 kg; assembled size 485×302×201 mm, assembled weight 0.89 kg. Four pillars, no fixing beams, round fixing feet, blue cloth fence, 2 magnets, no referee, red and blue players. Each team (color) has three ordinary players (2 strikers and 1 goalkeeper) and one special dribbling player (center half back). The Small model is suitable for playing in either horizontal or vertical orientation, and can be used to practice skills or conduct arm circling exercise.

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    Movable Magnetic Soccer - Medium
    Packaging size 663×544×71 mm, packaging weight 3.24 kg; assembled size 608×492×221 mm, assembled weight 1.56 kg. Six pillars, no fixing beams, round fixing feet, blue cloth fence, 2 magnets, no referee, blue and yellow players. Each team (color) has five small-oval-base ordinary players (2 strikers, 1 wing forward, 1 back, 1 goalkeeper) and one special dribbling player (center half back). The board of the Medium model is relatively wide in aspect ratio, suitable for simple games in a small field.

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    Movable Magnetic Soccer - Large
    Packaging size 866×584×71 mm, packaging weight 4.26 kg; assembled size 821×542×221 mm, assembled weight 2.21 kg. Six pillars, no fixing beams, round fixing feet, green cloth fence, 2 magnets, no referee, red and blue players. Each team (color) has 9 ordinary players (2 strikers, 2 wing forwards, 2 center forwards, 2 backs, 1 goalkeeper) and 1 dribbling player (center half back). The Large model is most suitable for 2 users to conduct intense competition over the entire board width and entire game board.

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    Movable Magnetic Soccer - XL1
    Packaging size 1025×660×71 mm, packaging weight 5.43 kg; assembled size 980×618×228 mm, assembled weight 2.98 kg. Six pillars, two fixing beams, rectangular fixing feet, green cloth fence, 4 magnets, 1 yellow referee, red and blue players. Each team (color) has 11 ordinary players (4 strikers, 2 wing forwards, 2 center forwards, 2 backs, 1 goalkeeper) and 2 dribbling players (center half backs). XL board is very wide and long, suitable for more choices of playing tactics and good for 2~4 people to play.

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    Packaging size 1025×660×71 mm, packaging weight 5.43 kg; assembled size 980×618×228 mm, assembled weight 2.98 kg. Six pillars, two fixing beams, rectangular fixing feet, green cloth fence, 4 magnets, 1 blue referee, red and yellow players. Each team (color) has 11 ordinary players (4 strikers, 2 wing forwards, 2 center forwards, 2 backs, 1 goalkeeper) and 2 dribbling players (center half backs). XL board is very wide and long, suitable for more choices of playing tactics and good for 2~4 people to play.

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