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Nailbot prints custom art directly on nails with your phone in 5 seconds! 3% of proceeds go towards teaching the tech behind Nailbot!
Nailbot prints custom art directly on nails with your phone in 5 seconds! Join the Nailbot waitlist if you want to pre-order! www.thenailbot.com
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The Nailbot is powered by Preemadonna, a community of dynamic technologists inspiring creativity and self expression with their inventions.

The Nailbot is the Smartphone Nail Art Printer. It prints custom instant nail art directly on your fingernails in 5 seconds! 

3% of our Kickstarter proceeds go towards teaching the tech behind the Nailbot through our partnership with MakerGirl & STEAM Challenges and Curriculum.

 

 

1. Prep

Paint your nails with a light colored base coat. Although the Nailbot can print on any color- we like white since it makes the art pop!

2. Personalize

Use the Nailbot mobile app to select what you would love to wear on your nails: emojis, pictures of your best friends, or even your own art! (Nailbot will work with both iOS & Android based phones.)

3. Print

Tap print and in 5 seconds that art will instantly appear on your nail, simple as that!

 

PERSONALIZE WITH YOUR OWN DESIGNS

Art is the ultimate representation of creativity and self expression. Our art collections are from real people - real Preemadonnas - who are sharing their point of view with the world.

 

1. Design in Your Favorite External Web or Mobile App Software Programs and Upload to Google Drive, Adobe Creative Creative Cloud, Instagram or even your Camera Roll. The Nailbot Print App will sync with these cloud based applications. 

2. Design Within the Nailbot Print App. We are working on this functionality and it will be a premium feature that will have a monthly membership fee.

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3. Submit to our free Artist Challenges for a chance to be featured on our website and Nailbot mobile app. We are building a complete art marketplace for promising Preemadonna artists to sell their own designs!

PERSONALIZE WITH YOUR PHOTOS 

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Take a selfie with your BFF or snap a shot of your cute pets and print them with the Nailbot!

PERSONALIZE WITH EMOJI

Print all your favorite emojis on your nails, thanks to the open source, EmojiOne! Check out this cool cheatsheet as well, to see how their emojis compare to the ones you use most commonly on your smart phones and on social media. http://www.preemadonna.com/open_source_art 

PERSONALIZE WITH YOUR FAVORITE COLLECTIONS & NAIL POLISH 

Use your favorite nail polish brands and colors to prep your nail. We recommend a white or light colored polish to make the art pop.

PERSONALIZE WITH CODE

We are finalizing ways for Preemadonnas to code their own nail art - especially their own emoji - within the Nailbot app. We are particularly inspired by Google's Made with Code (Code your Emoji Project) using Blockly. In the interim, we will feature art coding challenges on our website and through our community partners, and feature the winning coded emoji in our Nailbot app.

PERSONALIZE WITH AUGMENTED REALITY

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 Preemadonna has already proven our ability to develop and use computer vision in our products. An early Preemadonna printer prototype was able to use the front facing camera to capture a picture of the nail and find the edges. Preemadonna's augmented reality app, scheduled to beta release in late 2016, finds the edges of the nail in near real time using your smartphone’s camera to appropriately place the graphic onto the nail. For the Nailbot shipped, we will combine the computer vision functions of our augmented reality app with the printing functions to be able to automatically size the art to fit each user's nail size.

  • Embedded Vision Alliance, Vision Tank, Finalist & Audience Award  (Best Product Using Computer Vision - NAILBOT)
  • TechCrunch Disrupt SF's 2015 Startup Battlefield Finalist 
  • First runner up at Silicon Valley Robotics' 2015 Robot Launch
  • Girls in Tech's 2015 Lady Pitch Night SF Finalist 
  • 25 Women in Robotics to Know (RoboHub)

NPR: "Could A Nail Art Printer Be Girls' Gateway To The Tech World?" 

TechCrunch: "Preemadonna Turns Your Smartphone Into A Nail Salon"

The Next Web: "By Women, For Girls: Preemadonna Challenges Silicon Valley's Boys Club"

Vice: "The Nailbot: It'll Paint Your Nails & Teach You Tech" 

Seventeen: "This Amazing Tool Will Print Your Photos Onto Your Nails In 5 Seconds"

It’s great to get a finished product that works seamlessly. But the making of a product has lessons that can inspire the next generation of innovators. We are committed to using portions of this crowdfunding campaign (3%) to educate girls and boys about the development of the Nailbot and the technology that powers our devices. Through our grassroots partnership with the nonprofit MakerGirl - backers will have a chance to beta test Nailbots on their Summer 2017 MakerGirl Goes Mobile bus tour and learn how we used 3D Printing in our Nailbot prototyping process.

MakerGirl STEM Workshop - hosted by Preemadonna
MakerGirl STEM Workshop - hosted by Preemadonna

We have also created Hacker Challenges that involve making and coding your own printer (this was one of our early printer prototypes), Artist Challenges & Materials Science Challenges. Preemadonna's STEM curriculum has been formalized and open sourced through our YouTube Tutorials and Girl Scout Innovation Badge Modules.

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Since June 2015, we have presented our "Making of the Nailbot" journey to the following organizations: MakerGirl, Marlborough School, Digital Media Academy (Made by Girls), Northwestern University (The Garage), the University of Chicago, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, iDTech (Alexa Cafe), Santa Clara University, TechShop and many others.

 

The Making of the Nailbot
The Making of the Nailbot

Check out our "prototype gallery" at the top of this page for more videos of our Nailbot journey. We have working prototypes and have been refining our mobile application based on feedback from our Ambassadors, real girls and our all-star intern team. (All images on nails are printed with the Nailbot - real nails, real prints.)

 

 

 

 We Want the Nailbot NOW! Why Do We Have to Wait for Delivery? The Nailbot is a sophisticated connected device and will require additional development to ensure a safe product experience. We launched this Kickstarter to forecast our first manufacturing run. If you want to wait for the Nailbot to be in stores - you will be waiting an even longer amount of time and will have to pay a steep price. The ability for us to connect directly with our supporters and forgo distribution costs makes the Nailbot more affordable. If you don't want to support the journey of us bringing the Nailbot to market - we understand that this might not be the right campaign for you to support. But we hope it is! 

Every Nailbot comes with the hardware, proprietary color cartridge filled with safe ink, pre-print nail polish (an ink receptive clear coat) and some other surprises (think base coat and top coat!). The Nailbot prints are removable with nail polish remover wipes - non-acetone works just fine. 

$1 - Virtual Love -  You will be listed on our Preemadonna Wall of Fame!

SOLD OUT! $179 - Super Early Bird: 50 Nailbots available (40% off MSRP) 

SOLD OUT! $189 - Early Bird: 150 Nailbots available  (38% off MSRP)

$199 - Kickstarter Love: Classic Nailbot (33% off MSRP)

$379 - Nailbot x 2: Two Classic Nailbots (36% off MSRP)

$555 - Nailbot x 3: Three Classic Nailbots (38% off MSRP)

$1799 - Nailbot x 10: Party Pack of 10 Nailbots + featured art collection (10 images) in app. Designs provided by Kickstarter backer & will be free for community usage. Video Call with Pree, Preemadonna CEO. (40% off MSRP)

The Lacey Nailbot will be retailing outside of this Kickstarter campaign at a MSRP of $299.99+ USD.

International Shipping: We are offering international delivery for our Nailbots for a $39 USD fee for individual Nailbot orders (Orders with more than 1 Nailbot will have a higher shipping fee). HOWEVER, please note that you will be responsible for any customs fees, duties, VAT, import taxes, special delivery fees administered by your government, and brokerage fees. These are not included in the cost of shipping your order, and we are unable to estimate those fees for you. 

International Early Bird: For the first lucky 100 international backers, we have slashed base shipping fees by 50% to $19 USD! Reserve now before they are gone!

Refund Policy: We will refund your reward any time up until the Nailbot(s) has shipped - email contact@preemadonna.com. Please note the amount refunded will be the Reward Amount + Shipping Minus 13% (this % factors in Kickstarter fees, payment processing fees and the 3% going to our STEAM youth initiatives that cannot be refunded.) 

We are Preemadonna.  We are technologists with the right mix of hardware, software, materials science, computer vision, design, business and community building backgrounds to bring the Nailbot to life. We believe that smart is beautiful and each of us has a desire to improve mainstream popular culture for the next generation of innovators. Check out our full team here: www.preemadonna.com/team!

KEY TEAM MEMBERS

 

We wanted to solve a real problem - painting your own nails manually can be a big hassle! But as we built our Nailbots and our company, we realized we were helping contribute to a much larger movement....bigger than ourselves. Read more about our journey: http://www.preemadonna.com/smart_beauty

 

 

  • IS THE NAILBOT SAFE?

We have spent years working on various designs to ensure a safe product for our nieces, daughters, girlfriends and community. We are also finalizing our formulation and ink sourcing. We will be doing significant safety testing on the device before shipping and may seek a voluntary third party certification on the entire system.

  • HOW LONG DO THE NAILBOT PRINTS LAST?

They will last a few days - you do need to put a top coat to seal the image. We find that the traditional nail polish underneath will chip first before the prints actually fade.  

  • DOES THE NAILBOT WORK WITH GEL OR SHELLAC POLISH? HOW ABOUT FAKE OR ACRYLIC NAILS?

The Nailbot will print on gel and shellac polish; though, we do not guarantee that it will print on fake or acrylic nails. We recommend real nails.

  • HOW DO I REMOVE THE NAILBOT PRINTS?

You can remove the prints with traditional nail polish remover or remover pads.  

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF IT PRINTS ON MY SKIN OR MY DAUGHTER'S SKIN?

We are working extensively on our accuracy - but you can remove with traditional nail polish remover or wipes.  

  • DO YOU USE BLUETOOTH AND/OR WIFI TO CONNECT YOUR PHONE TO THE NAILBOT?

Yes. Prototypes built have used both.

  • WHAT RESOLUTION IS POSSIBLE WITH THE NAILBOT?

The resolution of the Nailbot is the same as traditional thermal inkjet products and can reach up to 1200 dpi. Note: While it can print with this resolution, the effective resolution for the Nailbot application will likely be less due to spacing constraints.  

  • WHAT KIND OF CRADLE OR CASE IS MY PHONE SITTING IN WHEN USING THE NAILBOT?

The Final Nailbot for shipping will have adjustable cradle that is safe for your phone. And many girls have asked that we create mobile phone cases with the Preemadonna logo on it - so yes, those will come in time too. Make sure you keep tabs on our website.  

  • WHAT IF I HAVE SMALL OR BIG FINGERS OR FINGERNAILS?

The cradle can accommodate most fingers/fingernails of girls. We use your phone's back facing camera and advanced computer vision algorithms to detect your fingernail - so we will be able to size your fingernail accurately!  

  • WILL THE NAILBOT PAINT MY FULL NAIL WITH THE WHITE NAIL POLISH AND PRE-PRINT POLISH AUTOMATICALLY?

Not yet. We are working on a Nailbot that automates the 'polish change' - but it is not ready for shipment or orders. But we know this is what many women want!  

  • WHAT IS YOUR WARRANTY PROGRAM?

We are committed to a 1 year warranty for the Nailbot kit. There will be more information and terms and conditions following this campaign.

  • HAVE YOU TESTED ANY OF YOUR PROTOTYPES ON PEOPLE?

Yep. Check out all our videos!

  • CAN I BETA TEST THE NAILBOT FIRST?

Our Indiegogo backers will receive our early Beta Units. We will also have beta units on MakerGirl's Summer 2017 Bus Tour across the United States - this is a chance for Kickstarter Backers to learn about the making of the Nailbot and test it out.  

  • WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FIRST NAILBOT WE SAW ON YOUR WEBSITE AND YOUTUBE CHANNEL?

We’ve been working on our Nailbots for a long time! Gracie – the early Nailbot – does work! But it is not ready for commercial sale. The touchscreen application is quite novel and we have significant IP filed – but it is not an ideal customer experience just yet. Stay tuned to our company’s progress and you will see it offered for sale in the future.

 

Risks and challenges

We are the right team to bring the Nailbot to life. Last year, we spent 5 months in Shenzhen, China through the HAX hardware accelerator program. There, we learned how to design for manufacture early in the prototyping process and set up our supply chain.

We are currently working on transforming our working prototypes into Beta Units. Given our ability to rapidly test units in the field and iterate quickly, we are optimistic in the delivery dates that we have proposed for the official Kickstarter units but we must move quickly.

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