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.
Rock climbing is a beautiful, unique sport and it requires unique abilities. Like so many others, I’ve experienced the disappointment of finally making it out to go climb, just to have my grip strength fade 30 minutes in, or be frustrated by how inflexible I've gotten.
My name is Ben. I’m a mechanical engineer, a graduate student, and aspiring climber with a passion for the outdoors and product design.
Life can be demanding and complicated, and it can be really difficult to find the time to climb enough to stay sharp, let alone improve. Daily life and climbing tend to pull in two different directions.
But what if you could bring climbing into your home? Or into the office? What if you could integrate climbing into your daily life? Climbing is an art... so why not display it that way?
This is the Megalith Bouldwall. It’s a fully functional, customizable bouldering surface that can be installed on any standard wall. The 16x48” panels are designed to compliment the aesthetic of any room, with three styles to choose from.
They are constructed from a laminate flooring like composite, mounted in a steel frame, producing a highly rigid, durable platform that is extremely lightweight and easy to install.
Put it wherever you want it, however you want it. Create customized circuits to add to your morning routine and target specific improvements you want to make. Design your own problems or create challenges for friends and coworkers. The simple, easy to use, customizable platform makes it YOUR wall, and YOU have the creative control.
Megalith’s vision is to make climbing accessible, affordable, and engaging for everyone, breaking down the barriers that limit people from participating in this amazing sport.
To make this vision a reality we need your help. Megalith is on Kickstarter because we need the funds to bring this to production, and the scale to make it affordable. Please tell your friends, share this page, and back this project and you will be one of the first to own your own Megalith wall!
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
The Bouldwall still has some perfecting to be done, but to put the final touches on it requires collaboration with a manufacturer. To do this, I need the guarantee of a certain level of demand. That's why I'm here. Once I have that guarantee, I can move forward with supplier selection and production.
I've spent the last few years doing mechanical design work for one of the largest producers of home fitness equipment in the US, and I've personally worked overseas with our manufacturers to bring brand new concepts to production. I'm also currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Brigham Young University, the #2 ranked Graduate Entrepreneurship program in the nation. Because of this, I'm surrounded with invaluable mentors and educational resources. If funded, I have every capability needed to quickly and effectively bring this product to reality.