Introducing Electronic Sand Timers
Electronic sand timers are great! They improve on everything you enjoy about traditional sand timers:
- Compact: Fits in the footprint of a traditional sand timer, but with a slim height that easily fits in your pocket or game box
- Customizable: Easily and quickly configured from 15 seconds up to 3 minutes
- Simple: Just push a button
- Useful: A great addition to any game as a turn timer or a sand timer replacement
- No Waiting: Don't wait for sand to run out before restarting, just push the button to restart the timer immediately
- Visible: Easy to see from across the table
- Reliable: Won't get stuck like traditional sand timer, very durable, and more accurate
- Fun: Best of all, they're lots of fun to use!
Each pledge includes a number of fully-assembled electronic sand timers, plus...
- Batteries for each sand timer
- An instruction card explaining how to reconfigure the timer duration -- a QR code on the back directs you to a video if you learn better by watching
- A tool for reconfiguration just like the one in the video (you can use any paperclip, but this will save you the trouble of bending one to your liking)
- Free shipping to anywhere in the USA
Ready for Production
Timely fulfillment is important to me, which is why my first authored Kickstart project delivered early. To minimize delays with this project, I have already ordered and received most of the components needed for manufacturing the first 100 timers. If the project is successful enough to need hundreds or thousands more, that's no problem--the suppliers have plenty of stock to and capacity to handle that. I've even identified backup suppliers, just in case.
I'll order additional components and begin manufacturing with existing parts while awaiting the additional pieces.
Tested and Proven Design
The design has undergone several iterations to achieve today's ultimate features. It's durable, easy to use, and compact. It's also configurable to run between 15 seconds and 3 minutes, enough to accommodate most board games (and other fun applications!). BoardGameGeek.com has a list of board game sand timer durations.
I designed the first iteration six years ago. Since that time, my gaming group has used them both as sand timer replacements and as turn timers. We particularly enjoy how timed turns can heighten theme and excitement while encouraging AP-prone players to plan turns beforehand and enjoy a "good enough" decision over a "perfect" one. We have some games, even cooperative ones, that we won't play without an electronic sand timer. We store timers in the board game boxes and we've noticed the batteries last for years.
Behind the Scenes
It's always fun to see the work that goes on behind the scenes, which is why I'll provide detailed updates with pictures showing the manufacture and assembly. You'll be able to follow along during the fulfillment process until your reward arrives in the mail.
Speaking of behind the scenes, here's a cost breakout of the components.
Most Kickstarter projects include stretch goals, so why not this one? I considered making the instruction card or the PCB color (black, rather than green) as stretch goals, but I ultimately decided that all backers deserved the best possible rewards. Instead of planning artificial stretch goals, I included them from the beginning.
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter project working with electronics. My first project delivered ahead of schedule! The schedule for this project provides time for me to meet commitments, even with minor problems along the way.
Like all Kickstarter projects, unforeseen circumstances could still cause a delay to the project. These include a supplier running out of parts or an unexpected backer response requiring thousands of units. To mitigate risk, I have ensured multiple suppliers exist where possible and all suppliers have thousands of units on hand. I already have parts on hand to begin producing a hundred timers, allowing production to begin while more parts are ordered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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